Magazine article Insight on the News

Terror Attacks against America Cast a Pall over Liberal Worldview

Magazine article Insight on the News

Terror Attacks against America Cast a Pall over Liberal Worldview

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I admit it: I'm an angry conservative pundit. I'm always looking for a rumble with liberals. But now, I can't find them anywhere. They've all just ... disappeared! I've looked high and low, up and down, behind corners, under the furniture ... no liberals! Two weeks ago, they just vanished. And I can't blame them. In less than a few hours, all their hopes, dreams and everything they stood for was buried in a heap of New York City rubble. Just take a look.

Racial profiling? Back in vogue. Who would question a pilot if he booted five nervous Arabs off his plane and sent them to interrogation? In fact, that exact scenario happened last week. Yet the Rev. Jesse Jackson didn't threaten a boycott. Al Sharpton didn't rant and rave or stop eating lunch. No liberals uttered even a peep. Congressional Democrats have even started demanding very conservative immigration policies now that we have discovered most of the terrorists were here illegally. And good luck finding liberals willing to defend affirmative action for airport security staff.

Gun control? Dead. Did you watch House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's (D-Mo.) lonely, feeble dissent after airline pilots asked Congress for the right to carry handguns? Everyone knows if the pilots were packing heat the death toll might have been held to 19--the number of hijackers. It won't be long until John Q. Public realizes a Colt .45 works quite well against a crack head with box cutters coming through his door, too.

Political cynicism? Gone. Overnight, 40 years of manufactured national guilt was wiped away. Patriotism is cool again. Now, anyone who sheds tears while singing "The Star Spangled Banner" winds up on a CNN news bump. Barbra Streisand actually took anti-Bush blather off her Website. Prayer is even cool. Even famously sniveling TV reporters have been challenged and are debating whether it's okay to wear an American flag on the air. Can you imagine this scenario during Vietnam?

After Operation Desert Storm, only staunch conservatives demanded a strong military. Everyone else tried to turn the armed forces into weepy-eyed, prancing puppy-dog petters. Today, every American wants an invulnerable, butt-kicking, John Wayne military machine. And finally, we now understand the benefits of knocking off bad people in other countries by any means necessary. Suddenly, after decades of defunding the armed forces, blinding our national-security intelligence, castrating covert ops and almost eliminating our spy network, liberals are demanding billions in military, CIA and national-security funding. …

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