As local, state and federal legislators and executives continue to attack the rights and liberties of Americans while driving the nation into a now almost unavoidable financial collapse, it has become abundantly obvious: Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have won their war against the United States, and precisely in the manner in which bin Laden claimed he would.
The Saudi-born terrorist never intended to defeat the U.S. militarily. He always intended to use the same tactics he saw that were so effective for the Afghans against the Soviets. He intended to bleed us dry financially, and got us involved in fighting in a protracted overseas war with a long and and staggeringly expensive logistics tail.
More insidiously and effectively, however, he sensed a softness in the American people, and used terrorism and the vague threat of more terrorism to convince us give up our freedoms and liberties in the name of safety.
We turned upon ours sacred values, and pissed away what previous generations of Americans poured out their blood to defend. The wars overseas were a costly distraction, and he waged the real war though American televisions, newspapers, news magazines, and the politicians who felt they answered to them. He played them all like a Stradivarius. In hindsight, it is all so obvious.
How he must have danced in the caves of Afghanistan when he heard President George W. Bush was creating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), knowing full well how Orwellian such a department would quickly become.
How bin Laden must have laughed—until he had tears coming out of his eyes!—when the saw the formation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an entire agency dedicated to defiling personal liberties and personal dignities for security theater, while never stopping so much as a single terrorist attack.
Osama bin Laden won again when he used “civil rights” groups to bully Americans into not even talking about those who were attacking us.
He saw our weaknesses and our vanities, our faux liberalism and petty insecurities, and tendencies towards tyranny always widespread in our government. He exploited and encourages the hell out of them until he had us eating our own in an orgy of civil rights abuses that get worse every single day.
It would be easy point the finger at Barack Obama as America’s willing and eager executioner, but he would not have had the tools in place were it not for eight years of George W. Bush, eight years of Bill Clinton, four years of George Bush the elder, eight years of Reagan, four years of Carter, etc., and all the Representatives and Senators under them that traded away opportunities and freedoms at every critical juncture.
And we put them there.
Thank you, Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, and Generations X, Y and Zzzz for continually voting into office those that weakened this Republic, making us an easy mark for a radical fundamentalist that knew us all too well. Because of Americans who chose what was easy over what was right, we face a critical juncture in this nation’s near future where a Republic will either be reestablished through extraordinary effort, or it will fall into the ashheap of history like the Greeks, the Romans before us.
We’re in this dire situation because we’ve chosen poorly for generations, and continue to chose poorly as a society. There is not reset button, no easy button, and no quick fixes.
Only hard work, grit, and gumption can restore this public.
Are there any left to perform it?