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Liberalism and a pilot: Why Obama is wrong about Guantanamo.
“During the presidential campaign last year, Mr. Obama railed
against the detention complex on an American military base in
Cuba, calling it a symbol used by terrorists to recruit new
members. Within days of his inauguration, he ordered Guantánamo
closed by January.”
— New York Times, November 18, 2009
“We are responsible for what we
— Jean Paul Sartre, 1939
What are we really seeing in Austin, Texas?
The proverbial and admittedly overused but still accurate phrase: a teachable moment.
President Obama believes Guantanamo, which imprisons military combatants captured on the battlefield (also known as the world), is, as the Times faithfully reported, “a symbol used by terrorists to recruit new members.”
Yesterday, one Joseph Stack flew a plane into an office building that housed an IRS office. In a lengthy screed discovered in the aftermath, Stack blamed the IRS for his actions.
Which raised instantly the question: are President Obama and American liberals at fault for the actions of Mr. Stack?
After all, the President and his liberal allies have made it abundantly clear in the last year that they intend to plunge Americans into so much debt that there will be nothing left to do, in the view of millions of Americans, than raise taxes. Beginning with those who earn more than $250,000 a year, but not limited to that if one is familiar with all the proposed taxes out there on everything from soda (New York) to sex (Nevada — but of course.) That doesn’t even count the myriad of state and local income, property, corporation, inheritance and other taxes in a list it takes H&R Block 24 hours a day to even begin to understand. And taxes, of course, is the raison d’être for the very existence of the iconic American symbol of the tax collector — the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS.
Mr. Stack’s target.
The logic is inescapable. If Guantanamo is a symbol that so infuriates terrorists to violence and this is therefore, a justification for closing it — hey, you don’t want to encourage those terrorists, do you? —obviously an IRS that so infuriated Mr. Stack should be closed as well.
And the President who wishes to put more and more of the income of Americans in a position to be collected by the IRS — is responsible for making the IRS into that symbol.
The problem here, beginning at this moment with Mr. Obama but certainly not limited to him, is a refusal to acknowledge that we — that would be all of us walking the planet — need to take responsibility for what we do. Which means whether you are hunched in a cave in Afghanistan, living in the White House, having a disagreement with the IRS or are engaged in any of a limitless number of human actions anywhere in the world you, yes you, are responsible for what you do.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?