“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Lady (Sound familiar? I’d bet lunch at a fancy restaurant that a majority of today’s high school and college students could not identify it.)
Donald Trump, the current front-runner in the Republican political field, recently offered a suggestion that has the media, Democrats and even his Republican opponents in an uproar. Trump suggested that there be a total and complete halt on allowing Muslims to enter America until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
Charges of Islamic bias, Trump bigotry and anti-Americanism have dominated the news – except for the coverage of the act of terror perpetrated by a Muslim couple in San Bernardino recently.
Isn’t the primary purpose of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense and guarantee American citizens are not subjected to governmental abuses – versus protecting people who deliberately violate the rights and endanger or take the lives of other American citizens?
In today’s politically correct environment, do you think President Jimmy Carter would have been castigated for his ban on visas for Iranian citizens during the Iranian hostage crisis or FDR for prohibiting immigration of Germans, Japanese and Italians during World War II? I don’t recall any such backlash then – but then again, those controlling the media were not the product of leftist-oriented education and media bias.
These murderers are intent on creating as much carnage and taking as many American lives as possible. They are now in possession of the means to create even more chaos and kill additional innocent citizens. Only diligence by law enforcement and a “lucky break” (the bombs didn’t go off) prevented who knows how much more damage San Bernardino (or other places in America) could have suffered.
Something that should be obvious to even the most casual observer is that, until recently, America had been almost exempt from the violence and chaos that has become practically the daily routine in many countries, especially the Middle East.
There are years-long waiting lists of people waiting to legally enter the United States (not to mention 11 million illegals already here). The reason they desire to come here, besides the obvious economic benefits, is because America is unique among the nations of the world. What has made the difference?
We are a nation of laws, which are designed to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. America is, indeed, unique. We have joined with the enemies of liberty throughout the world; we have sent, and continue to send, our young men and women, military, medical and technical assistance, and hundreds of billions in financial aid to fight terrorism worldwide.
On our home shores, Lady Liberty holds the torch of liberty high. Inscribed below is a plaque reading, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Sun Tzu, a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who lived in ancient China, author of a classic, “The Art of War,” said, “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” What must be clearly understood by all is, hitherto America has been a friend to be diligently sought and an enemy to be just as diligently avoided.
However, it seems potential enemies are beginning to realize that of late we have become a nation inclined by leftist educators, legislators and jurists toward punishing the innocent to protect the guilty. This even applies to all the politically correct protection the terrorists enjoy when the media refuse to identify them and openly stand against their atrocities.
This should be the message clearly articulated and demonstrated worldwide: America is the land of the free, home of the brave. You attack or invade the U.S. at your own risk.
Perhaps it’s not too late. Perhaps the concept of placing a high value on all lives, and the lives of Americans in particular, is not completely dead. Perhaps it is, once again, a sleeping giant.