Does She Make You Feel Safe?Either Janet Napolitano is an idiot or she believes everyone else is either an idiot or a true believer.  It is that simple.  Today she did, somewhat, retract her statement that the system was working great in spite of the nearly successful terror bombing attempt of a NWA jet heading for Detroit.  “The system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days. Our system did not work in this instance.  No one is happy or satisfied with that.  An extensive review is under way.” Let’s see.  The terrorist bought a ticket with cash.  He had no luggage.  His father had warned authorities of his radicalization.  He was on a watch list.  He was not patted down?  Napolitano initially said that our system was working fine.  Then she started taking flak from right and left.  Neither she nor Mr. Obama could see their way free to call the terrorist anything but a suspect.  And, he will be charged with attempting to blow up a plane…..not trying to kill 300 people – attempted murder.  I thought I was conditioned to believe anything that our political ‘leaders’ could do.  Again I am in disbelief.  Do you think either Mr. Obama or Mrs Napolitano would at least call the guy a terrorist if one of their relatives had been on the plane?  Political Correctness caused us to not challenge Major Nidal Hassan and it cost us dearly.  Now political correctness has helped us let a bomber on a plane that could have cost 300 American lives.  What is it going to take for us to start profiling and doing those other “politically incorrect” but tactically correct moves to help defeat the terrorists?  Do we not have any leaders who are willing to confront this issue.  It is also interesting to note that our government has no problem persecuting Christians but wouldn’t dare look sideways at a Muslim.  I don’t want to see Muslims persecuted, but I do want some common sense.  As I heard recently from a private security type, “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but, most terrorists are muslims.”  There is a interesting interview here with a retired American General that speaks bluntly to this point.

Read a wonderful thriller over the Christmas Weekend: Term Limits by Vince Flynn, written in 1997.  In brief, it is the story of a revolution against the government of the United States by a group of citizens who feel they are no longer represented by their government.  It is as timely today as it was then, maybe more so.  Here is the demand made by the  revolutionaries to tempt you to read the book:  “In 1776, the founders of the United States of America sent a Declaration of Independence to the King of England.  In that Declaration, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive….it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government.”  We are invoking this right to rise up and alter the course of our government.  You have had your chance to correct America’s course, and you have failed.  Senator Fitzgerald, Congressman Koslowski and Senator Downs were killed as a warning to the President and the remaining members of the House and Senate. Your days of spending and partisan politics are over. During the last 25 years, you have spent money we do not have on federal programs we do not need.  Every year you have promised the American people that your number one priority is to cut spending and balance the budget.  Despite these promises the federal budget has continued to grow.  You have had the time and the opportunity to bring spending under control and you have done nothing.  You have shown that your own personal greed and the goals of your political parties are more important to you than the economic security and future of America.  As a result or your selfish and incompetent leadership, we are now burdened with a national debt that is more than five trillion dollars. A national debt that is growing at a rate of more than a billion dollars a day and is projected to …….If the national debt is not confronted,  it will plunge our country into economic chaos.  The time to act is now.  We are directing the President to withdraw his budget that is before the House (the Health Care Plan?), and with the help of the Office of Management and Budget and the General Accounting Office, to construct a balanced budget using zero-based budgeting.  This budget will contain no new or raised taxes and will cut all unneeded federal programs.  It will introduce means testing to control the growth of  Social Security and Medicare and will adopt the military cuts as proposed by the Joint Chiefs without political interference.  After this budget is passed, the President will submit a national crime bill that will focus on keeping violent criminals off the streets and in jail.  The President, the House, and the Senate shall also implement a two percent national sales tax to be used solely for the reduction of the national debt.  If you are incapable of restoring the limited form of government that the framers of the Constitution intended, quit and go home.  This is the only warning we will give.  If you do not respond to these demands, you will be killed. None of you are out of our reach – not even the President.” It is a real page-turner.  Highly recommended.

I also read the most recent articles in Imprimus.  I was impressed by one written by Victor Davis Hanson and titled “The Future of Western War. It is well worth a read.  It starts, “I want to talk about the Western way of war and about the particular challenges that face the West today. But the first point I want to make is that war is a human enterprise that will always be with us…….”  His take on warfare and the ever presence of both hawks and doves was interesting.  I guess it reminds me that wishing there were no wars or no terrorists or no bad people does not make them go away.  It is a quick read and, again, highly recommended.  You could go through the entire Imprimus Archives and not be disappointed with the thoughtfulness of the articles.