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It’s politics as usual

Regarding the war against terrorism, there’s been an recurring theme in national and local news media lately about the loss of our civil rights because of the new powers of detention and surveillance afforded to the Justice Department, and there are ever increasing mea culpas over America’s perceived complicity in the Sept. 11 disaster. I suspect that these are ploys coming directly from Democratic political operatives and spread throughout the land by party apparatchiks and their useful idiots.

It’s difficult to attack G.W. Bush directly because of his 90 percent approval rating. So attack John Ashcroft, his attorney general, as a dangerous right-wing ideologue who’s out to deprive us of our civil liberties and weaken the Constitution. This coming from the crowd that wants the Constitution to be a “living” document subject to liberal interpretations by activist judges. I remember a few years back a prominent liberal demanded abolition of the Second Amendment as the best way to achieve gun control. So much for their reverence of the Constitution.

The “blame America” theme is more worrisome. Our patriotism is under attack. Patriotism is the coming together for a common cause defined and pursued by enlightened leadership. The Democrats live by creating wedge issues and dividing people into adversarial groups. If they can convince enough people of America’s culpability in the Sept. 11 attack then the resolve of the American people can be weakened, the war against terrorism could well be muted, and G.W. Bush could be defeated in 2004 as a ineffective leader. If terrorism expands beyond what happened on Sept. 11 because of our diminished commitment to its defeat, well that’s just the price of victory at the polls.

It’s all political, folks. Stay tuned for an increasing drumbeat of hypocrisy, misinformation and outright lies from our friends on the left.

John Coon

Grass Valley

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