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ISSUE 116 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/21/2003

America's left jumps ship

By Julie Gunderson
News Editor

Friday, February 21, 2003

What happened to the good old days? You know, the ones when Americans stood tall and proud. Unified. It seems like only yesterday that Old Glory hung on every street corner, firefighters held the status of national celebrities, and Democrats and Republicans were linking arms on the steps of the Capitol singing "God Bless America."

Where has all the patriotism gone? Its vanishing act would make you think that those feel-good moments and heart-warming tributes were nothing more than theatrical productions. And maybe they were. Acts put on by the Liberal Performing Troop of America.

A curious thing has happened in the waning days since Sept. 11. America has suddenly become the enemy. It is no longer suicide bombers and regimes harboring an illegal arsenal of weapons with the capability to kill millions. It is no longer terrorist networks or men who hide out in dark caves. The enemy lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The evil is our capitalist society. It is our egotistical lifestyle that is to blame for children starving in Iraq (because it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the ruthless dictator controlling their country).

Wasn’t it just over a year ago that Democrats nodded their heads in unison while President Bush solemnly told this nation that the war on terrorism would be neither quick nor easy? All were aboard then. And yet here we are, terrorism has yet to be defeated and our left wing is jumping ship. Worse yet, now they’re in denial.

Oh, don't get me wrong, liberals have no problem telling you what a bad man and a not-so-nice person Saddam can be. But then they turn around in the next sentence and start bashing Bush and blaming everything Republican. As if that's going to solve the problem.

I would be gung-ho for a peace movement that gave me just one reasonable and realistic solution. Don't just tell me that a threat doesn't exist. It does. And as much as I would like to sit back and view the world through rose-colored glasses, I can't. I, unlike those who claim to be of the anti-war mentality, see the world for what it IS, not for what I want it to be.

I know what's out there: Saddam. Weapons of mass destruction. Terrorists. Anti-American sentiment. My bubble of safety, here in the heartland of America, may afford me the luxury of hoisting up a ‘Give Peace a Chance’ sign and parading down Main Street USA, but just because I can hide in ignorance doesn’t mean that I should.

What's really mind-boggling is the population of the leftist crowd that argues Bush's Iraqi agenda is nothing more than an unwarranted attempt at a regime change. No secret there. The world is a much safer place without the existence of Saddam and his threats of biological, chemical, and nuclear attacks.

However, where was the same protest from this peacekeeping faction in 1999, when the Clinton administration orchestrated their own regime change by bombing Kosovo and ousting Milosevic? Was it warranted then? Yes. Human genocide is always a call for action. But the hypocrites who admonish Bush for wanting to overthrow a similarly evil Saddam reveals that those advocating so-called peace actually care more about who is in the White House than what is going on in the world.

Secretary of State Colin Powell's sobering evidence to the United Nations earlier this month, gave us all a reason to pause— Democrats, Republicans, and allies around the world. The UN inspector's game of hide-and-try-to-go-seek with Saddam can no longer be continued under the false pretense that peace is bound to follow.

We have witnessed the horrors of hatred inflicted upon this nation. We know that terrorism simply cannot be contained. And we thank God we have a President in office who is willing to act. It may be against the wishes of France and Germany. It may be against the demands of an anti-American movement, thinly veiled as an anti-war demonstration. But no matter what the pollsters tell him, this President knows that he has a duty to his country— to protect it. The American people's safety rests in good hands. Patriotism can take center stage once again. And we can all sleep a little bit easier.

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