New York City – the “Big Apple,” the social, economic and cultural capital of America. It is also one of the most liberal cities in the nation, right up there with San Francisco. Forty-six of the fifty-one city councilors are Democrats. In fact, the state of New York has gone Democratic in every presidential election save 6 since 1928. That’s why it’s no surprise when the rights of terrorists trump the rights of American citizens, in the Empire City. New York City is a microcosm of what is going on nationwide, as liberals continue to ignore the vast majority of Americans, while they pander to minority groups and victims – including illegals and Islamic extremists.
On May 1, 2010, there was a “foiled” terrorist attack in Times Square. It is being called “foiled,” because the bomb didn’t go off after it was detonated. In reality, this came very close to being a successful terrorist attack. The bomb was detonated, even though it didn’t actually explode, and the suspect was caught on a Dubai-bound plane, on the tarmac at JFK International Airport. So, not only did this guy plant a bomb in a car in the middle of Times Square, but he made it through airport security, past the scrutiny of the no-fly list, and onto a plane headed to the Middle East. Had the bomb actually gone off, injuring many New Yorkers, would the additional efforts by law enforcement have resulted in a successful take-off at JFK? We’ll never know. What we do know is that nobody in New York and nobody in the U.S. government stopped that bomb from exploding in Times Square. We can thank U.S. officials for downplaying the threat, claiming the bomb was unsophisticated.
Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-turned-U.S. citizen, admitted that he planned the attack. The vehicle involved belonged to him. He tried to flee the country immediately afterwards. Yet even with this evidence, Stephen M. Walt, a Harvard professor, claims “his guilt or innocence is ultimately for a jury to decide.” Like any good liberal, he goes on to question why Shahzad wanted to attack us. Walt’s solution to the problem of Islamic extremism is to “lower our footprint as soon as we possibly can.” Thank God there are still Americans willing to stand up for our freedoms, and not roll over as Europe has, in the face of the radical Islamic threat. Even Bob Beckel, former campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign, speculated that the Times Square bomber might be a right-wing militiaman.
Today, the New York Post published an article about an “illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet.” He is being deported, but not before taking $145,000 in taxpayer funds. Apparently, “federal rules only allow local law enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants for 48 hours after their criminal cases are resolved.” Since the federal government is failing at every turn to enforce our immigration laws (see: AZ SB1070), it should come as no surprise that Cecil Harvey – an illegal from Barbados (no, not Mexico) – spent 30 days in jail before ICE showed up to collect him. Because of this violation, Harvey will now receive a six-figure parting gift from New York’s taxpayers. I could sit here and blame New York, or the federal judge who ordered the damages, but it’s not their fault. The fault lies squarely on the shoulders of our inept federal government, and their lax attitude toward illegal immigration. Because ICE is unable to transfer illegal detainees within 48 hours, jails are now putting illegals back on the street after the deadline. Does that make you feel safe?
One would think that our federal government is taking enough of our tax dollars that they could easily afford to have dedicated ICE agents do daily pick-ups at all local jails in the country. I mean, Brinks and Loomis Fargo have been doing daily pick-ups for years, with many more stops than we have local jails. The problem here is not financial resources, or personnel resources. The problem is a lack of priority on the part of our president. The problem is that politicians rely on money and public support to be elected, and nobody wants to offend the Hispanic community by enforcing immigration laws. Even worse, is that the Democratic Party survives on promising these special interest groups incredible things, and now they cannot risk losing their support in the future. The “right thing,” America’s best interests, has nothing to do with it.
We cannot afford to politicize issues that affect ALL Americans.
Health care should not be a political issue. It should be about improving our health care system so that more Americans can afford coverage, and insurance companies operate ethically. We should not be creating individual and employer mandates to buy-off insurance companies with increased revenue, while offering free health care to “the poor,” on the backs of the working-class.
Illegal immigration should not be a political issue. We have laws, and it is the sworn duty of all government officials and law enforcement to uphold them. Do we need to reform our immigration system to allow more people to come here legally? Yes. Should people have to wait a decade to bring their spouse or children to America? Of course not. There’s no doubt our system needs to be improved, but we cannot abandon our laws in the meantime.
The War on Terror should not be a political issue. There are Islamic extremists hell-bent on destroying Western culture, and killing “infidels.” We must not only protect ourselves here at home, but destroy this radical extremism wherever it exists. The fact that some in our country have no problem with Iranian president Ahmadinejad calling for the extermination of Israel, or believe that enemy combatants deserve constitutional protections after trying to kill the men and women in our military, is ABSURD!
There are many things to fear in our world. It can be a dangerous place. However, the biggest threat to our freedoms as Americans is not Islamic extremism; it is not high taxes or big government; it is not the health care, cap and trade, financial regulation reform or immigration reform bills; it is not our porous borders; it is not socialists, bad presidents or missing birth certificates.
The biggest threat to our freedoms as Americans is modern-day liberalism. For that is what will allow the rest of our fears to become realities.