Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Two Threats

As I've mentioned before in this space, it is my firm conviction that there are two primary threats to Liberty in America today. Now, candidly, these threats endanger all freedom-loving people, but as they threaten America, the last best hope of humankind, everything else is irrelevant.

Both forces possess the ability to seriously undermine, and destroy, the Republic; having given this some thought, I'm still unable to determine which is the greater threat.

The first is Islamofascism. Our asymmetric foe - who has no home nation we can strike and fights under a different set of rules than we do - is single-mindedly focused on our destruction, and the lackluster support for our efforts in Iraq bodes ill for the sustainability of a long war. The second is Liberalism, or Leftism, if you prefer. This internal threat, this fifth column, undermines the foundations of our Republic: the Judeo-Christian values and institutions necessary for the survival of a republic.

With the luxury of leisure time, I'm going to devote some energy to delving into these two threats in greater detail. In particular as it relates to the internal threat, I'm reminded of a quote from President Washington:

"The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained."

We are not yet lost. There is time, still, to redeem ourselves and ensure the blessings Liberty are not lost forever, and that future generations do not curse us for our cowardice. The effort will be enormous, and yet it couldn't be any simpler: all it will take is for good people to act and Providence to smile upon us.

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