The Cold Civil War
11 SEPTEMBER 2001, a day that united all of America after a very divisive Presidential election.
For less than a month, America was united. More accurately, those who weren't behind the US kept their heads down, and said all the right things. After a month, though, the gloves came off and it has been worse and worse.
In truth, this has been building since the early 1990's. The Waco Massacre and the "Assault Rifle" ban were the call to arms, for the Right. We rallied the troops, and the Republican Revolution swept the Democrats out of power in the House and Senate.
And the L³eft went insane. While Bill Clinton triangulated and philandered and subborned perjury, the L³eft ceased to care about anything other than winning. And they won the impeachment fight, allowing a lamer-than-usual soon to be ex-President duck to limp his way out of office.
And to lose the Presidency when the People of Tennessee told Al Gore exactly what we thought of him and the Gun Control Party. And then the Towers fell.
And the second-guessing began. This would be bad enough (Clinton was President for 8 years; Bush for 7 months. If you can't figure out who had more time to deal with the problem, you might be a Democrat :-), but in the ensuing years it has gotten worse. It has, in fact, gotten so bad that an "I'm feeling lucky google for "Dick Durbin Al" turns up anti-US propaganda in Al Jazeera instead of an endorsement of the former vice-President.
It has gotten to the point where Terrorists Rights trump National Security if it can be spun for partisan advantage.
"I would not want any president _ Democrat or Republican _ to have the expanded power the administration is claiming in this case," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Funny, I couldn't find her blistering condemnation of the Waco Massacre. And there is this little point that she (although not the WaPost reporter who actually did her job) failed to note:
Shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Bush approved a program that allows warrantless monitoring by the NSA of the international communications of people on U.S. soil who may be linked to al-Qaida.
al-Qaida phone home. This is, as Martha Stuart would say, a good thing if it helps the Democrats to Pelosi.
There has been hardening on both sides of the line, admittedly. The rise of alternative media has given the Right a voice that did not exist in 1980, and as we have learned that there are more of us out here than we suspected, we have became more vocal.
While the L³eft have gone nuts. It is one thing for us rabble-rousers to rouse the rabble, it is quite another for a US Senator to compare American troops to Nazis on the floor of the Senate while we are at war. When he knows that enemy propaganda is using his words.
We are fighting a Cold Civil War. That is what the whining about the privacy rights of terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan is really about. That is what the constant whining about "Panties on their head is torture!" is really about. Much as America supported the Muslims against the Soviet Union, the Democrats support them against America. The enemy of their enemy is their friend.
That is not loyal opposition. It is adhearing to the enemies of America and, in the case of Durbin in particular, providing aid and comfort to them.
There is a word for that.