America faces two major policy challenges today, Government Reform and the War on Terror. And neither of them are optional. We have to reform government to create a leaner and meaner America, that offers more personal freedoms and much less spending. And we have to fight the internal and external Jihad converging on us. If we choose only one of those, we lose. It's that simple.
To win the War on Terror, the nature of government needs to change to one that is leaner, meaner and better representative of the American people. A government works with them to aggressively fight terrorism, instead of relying on a vast bureaucracy to impose restrictions that make life harder for all Americans. A government that spends money on killing terrorists, not on bribing them to lead a good life. A government that cares more about protecting Americans than about the views of the U.N. or the ACLU. A government that slashes wasteful spending and secures American political, economic and energy independence. In other words, a truly American government.
And to reform government without fighting terrorism is an utterly pointless mission. Why bother reforming Washington D.C. when the next aircraft headed for the White House might not just be a hijacked passenger plane, but carrying a nuclear or biological cargo? That is of course a very farfetched idea, almost as farfetched as the simultaneous hijacking of 4 passenger jets in order to ram them into major targets in NY and DC, including the White House and the Pentagon.
Electing people to reform government who don't believe there's a terrorist threat, who are blinded by their ideology into believing that Islamic terrorists are not training and preparing to attack us inside and outside our country. They are not engaged in political and economic subversion at a global level. That all we need to do is pull out our troops, see their side of things and we'll be fine... is a prescription for mass death.
We've seen the escalation in terrorist threats under Obama. And it is painfully clear that trying to ignore Islamic terrorism does not make it go away. Politicians who are weak on the War on Terror endanger the lives of all Americans. They embolden our enemies and encourage them to strike at our perceived weakness. Politicians who are soft on terrorism, who talk about shutting down Gitmo and releasing the terrorists there, are the best gift that Al Queda could hope for.
A terrorist attack is only the visible 0.01 percent of an ongoing secret war taking place all around us. When a terrorist attack does take place, or almost succeeds in taking place, it demonstrates that we've lost another round in the war. Because the terrorists only have to be lucky once, we have to be lucky every time. We have to do more than rely on reactive security measures, we have to aggressively go after the sources of terrorism, or all we can do is stand there in front of the goal, waiting for another attack.
People who do not believe that there is a vast network of terrorists inside and outside America, following a murderous ideology that calls for world domination, as much as Communism ever did-- are completely unqualified to play any role in government. Certainly any role that would require them to make decisions about protecting America from terrorism.
And when those same people instead believe that there are no "real terrorists", just agents of shadowy political elites who also run our government, or pander to those who do think that way, they are as dangerous as a Police Commissioner who believes that there is no such thing as armed robbery, or a District Attorney who believes there is no such thing as rape.
Would you vote for a "fiscal conservative" Mayor who believed that we need to open up all the jails, free the criminals inside them, and hope that they don't come back? Would you support a "fiscal conservative" District Attorney who believed that rape is the result of a misunderstanding? Supporting a candidate with views like that on the War on Terror is just as dangerous and just as bad. Except it isn't just bad for one town. It's bad for the whole country.
If you were angered by Obama's connection to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright screaming, "God Damn America" and claiming that 9/11 was a case of "the chickens coming home to roost", then how do you support a man like Rand Paul, who is surrounded by people like his father, Ron Paul, Alex Jones or his former campaign spokesman who believe the same exact thing? Does claiming to be a "fiscal conservative" somehow whitewash that? If you found it repulsive when Obama had the Decemberists open for him... then why don't you find it repulsive when Rand Paul has "Truther" Aimee Allen open for him at his rally?
Liberals are supposed to be the great relativists. Conservatives are supposed to believe in an absolute wrong and right. If compromising the fight against terrorism for political expediency is wrong for liberals, then it is wrong for us too. Otherwise we end up standing for nothing at all.
And beyond the moral case for it, there is the practical case. Like it or not, we are at war. Tightening border security will not put an end to terrorism. Neither will deporting a few thousand illegals. Both of those will help, but they don't make the problem go away. And while there are plenty of politicians who don't want to be at war with Islamic terrorism... there are plenty of Islamic terrorists who want to be at war with us.
Wars don't go away because you stop paying attention to them. Killers don't put away their weapons if you ignore them. The people plotting the mass murder of Americans are not going to go away. Not unless we make them go away. Anyone who doesn't support that, supports the consequences of it. It's that simple.