Now that we have a President who doesn't just feel our pain but is
inflicting some of our own on our enemies, it's time for the rest of the
nation to get serious, as well. We can start with a national change of
attitude: from understandable grief to controlled anger and from victim to
That means maybe its time to replace all our pretty ribbons with "Don't
Tread On Me" patches. Or shelving "I'm Proud to Be an American" and
dusting off "From the Halls of Montezuma."
But if we're REALLY serious about putting an end to the terrorist threat,
we need to take some concrete steps to show we're not just fooling around
this time, such as:
* Unshackle Israel. For crying out loud, when it comes to terrorism,
these guys play hardball, not tiddly-winks. It's time we stopped telling
them to turn the other cheek. Who let the dogs out?!!
* Repeal the executive order banning the assassination of bad guys.
Lifting the ban doesn't mean unleashing CIA death squads all over the world.
But symbolism IS important. And symbolically, repealing this outdated
executive order would have the same chilling effect as dumping a dead horse'
s head in bin Laden's cot in the middle of the night.
* "Re-masculinize" the U.S. military. Tell the feminists to take a hike.
Literally. If they can hack it, fine. But if they can't cut the mustard
and meet the toughest of military performance standards . . . adios. The
old saying is, "Don't send a boy to do a man's job." Ditto girls.
* Develop and deploy a national missile defense shield. It doesn't matter
that the terrorists DIDN'T use missiles. The fact is, they COULD have. And
the death toll and damage would have been FAR worse.
* Cancel the abandonment of the Navy bombing range on the island of
Vieques. Our country's preparedness and national defense MUST take priority
over sucking-up to gain favor from a political voting bloc.
* Arm pilots. Many are ex-military and trained to use weapons anyway.
Flight attendants, too. And if we're REALLY serious, allow all qualified
passengers - at the very least cops, military personnel and other law
enforcement officers - to pack heat, as well (they can be given
airplane-safe bullets upon check-in). Not knowing if the nun in Row 7-C has
a Colt .45 or a Bible under her habit will give would-be terrorists
something else to think about.
* Pass national conceal-carry legislation. It's no accident that most of
our recent horrific mass murders have occurred in gun-free zones: churches,
schools and airplanes.
* Repeal the ban on assault weapons. I recall former presidential
candidate Elizabeth Dole questioning why anyone would need an AK-47. Well,
who wants to confront an AK-47-toting maniac picking off kids in a
playground, or senior citizens in a shopping mall, with a pea-shooter?
Ah, but that's a ridiculous scenario, Chuckster, the gun "safety"
enthusiasts would say. Why, the odds of something like that happening in
the U.S. are about as high as a band of terrorists hijacking four commercial
airliners and flying them into the Pentagon and World Trade Center towers.
* Publicly ridicule the dumbass ideas and policies of the left which
helped contribute to the environment which allowed the 911 attacks in the
first place. I checked, by the way, and there's NO constitutional right not
to be made fun of. Nor is there a prohibition against calling a spade a
spade. So we're on solid ground here.
Particular scorn needs to be heaped on Rep. Barbara Lee (the ONLY vote in
Congress AGAINST the war of terrorism following 911), Jane Fonda and other
self-righteous, lame-brain "peaceniks."
* Cut off any and all federal funds to the People's Republic of Berkeley,
California . . . the breeding ground for anti-war crackpots and other
misfits . . . and a city which actually banned fire trucks from flying the
American flag lest it insult and rile up the protestors.
* Tell radical environmentalists to stick it in their ear or other
appropriate orifice. Once and for all, this country needs to wean itself
from Middle East oil. Start by immediately opening up ANWR for exploration.
Then begin building new nuclear power plants like there's no tomorrow
because . . . well, there isn't.
* Start killing off or phasing out all non-constitutional government
programs such as midnight basketball, AmeriCorps and the National Endowment
for the Arts. Every dime spent on liberal, feel-good programs is a dime
that won't go toward eradicating the scurvy dogs who made no distinction
between military and civilian targets on 911.
* Allow - no, ENCOURAGE - appropriate profiling. If it walks like a duck
and quacks like a duck, there's a darn good chance it's a duck. Sorry, but
until little old ladies in blue hair and pearls start blowing up Pizza Huts
with car bombs, they shouldn't be subjected to the same scrutiny as Omar the
exchange student from Iran who just signed up for flying lessons.
* And finally, scrap all this self-esteem crap in our government schools
and replace it with serious instruction on the nation's founding documents
and revolutionary history. Too many Americans no longer appreciate the
meaning of freedom and liberty. It's time to get serious about those
concepts again, as well.