Chicken Little and Homeland Security
by Dan Blankenship
How fitting that Walt Disney Pictures’ Chicken Little (though the original synopsis better fits the comparison) is still playing in some theaters at the same time the Democratic Party is in a frenzy over the president’s decision to allow the National Security Agency to engage in tactics that included intercepting communications, without a court order, between possible and known terrorists. Just when I thought the party of Howard Dean was actually beginning to throw enough mud at President Bush to damage the Republican National Committee’s winning streak, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Democrats still don’t have a clue about Homeland Security.
As much as Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi would like you to believe that American’s civil liberties are under attack, it just isn’t true. In fact, the only reason that the president’s decision to allow phone taps without a court order is news is because there is a very real bias in the news media. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (look up Executive orders 12139 and 12949) authorized the exact same action under their administrations, yet there was no media outrage, at least not the magnitude of what we are seeing today.
Media bias is true, as a 1995 Times Mirror Center poll revealed – 40% of the U.S. population considers themselves to be conservative, while only 5% of the press would identify themselves that way. Many other such polls have revealed the same results, even the recent (2005) study by UCLA’s political scientist Tim Groseclose.
It’s basically the Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity verses the rest of the media! Yet, somehow, the fly-over states maintain control of the country. And that will remain the case as long as the Democrats continue to talk like they are on the side of our enemy.
When was the last time we heard a Democrat call a press conference to denounce Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya? When was the last time a Democrat held a press conference to express his anger at the beheadings in Iraq? When was the last time the Democrats in office, or their supporters who don’t hold any office at all, did anything besides attack the current president and his policies? I think we all know the answer to those questions.
Switch a few words around, Ted Kennedy and terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi sound almost exactly alike in their disdain for the war on terror and President Bush. The terrorist group Hezbollah actively promoted Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 911. A majority of the U.S. media has given these two leftists a free ride, completely ignoring the hypocrisy of these men who ridicule the capitalistic society that has made them millionaires and beyond!
So when the Democrats scream “the sky is falling”, just remember the source – the party of failed ideas (not to mention elections).
I applaud our president for doing whatever is necessary to keep our country safe from terrorists. After all, I’d much rather have my phone tapped than find myself at the bottom of a falling skyscraper. The only civil rights this president is guilty of trampling on is the ability of America’s enemies to plot their next attack.
If the Democrats continue down the path of criticizing the president on his remarkable record concerning Homeland Security, the 2006 elections may not yield the results they so badly need. As Chicken Little leaves the movie theaters, it would be best if the DNC followed suit and abandoned their Chicken Little strategies. The sky is not falling, the blue states are.