Special Guest Commentary by David Thomas
The War on Terror is over and we, America, have lost. We lost – we lost – we have most assuredly lost. We simply lack the cognizance to realize or – and this is probably the case – too prideful to admit it.
I realized this jarring fact recently, when at the airport, I removed my shoes, bore my liquids and got nuked in the wave machine. The “terrorists” cannot possibly beat us physically. They are out gunned, out tech-ed, and out trained. That’s okay though, they don’t need to beat us physically. See, their beef with us is ideological. With this taken into consideration, they’ve been beating our asses black and blue for 10 ½ years, and they have used our own government against us. One act – September 11, 2001 – ignited a knee jerk lockdown on American citizens by their very own, representative government. It started with the Patriot Act; then its continuance; then the attempts with PIPA and SOPA; and most recently the successful passing of the NDAA. Don’t worry folks, it’s so we can be “safe.”
“Safe,” what a beautiful word, it is so peaceful, like a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s night… oh so cozy. What most of us fail to realize is that there is a trade-off between safety and the core basis of our existence as a culture and county; that tenet of course is freedom. See freedom and safety are indirectly proportional. When one goes up the other goes down.
The “terrorists” have managed to manipulate the federal government into ignoring the Constitution – ignoring the basis of all law in this country – ignoring the premises for our initial rebellion against Great Britain or England or whatever they call themselves these days. It really is slick when you think about it. They used our paranoia against us. They knew we have become soft and placated. They know we have been sitting back watching reality TV and sucking down Big Macs, allowing ourselves to be spoon fed information from talking heads, all the while hoping that no child is left behind.
9/11 hurt. It sucked. People died. But we are still here. They didn’t break us physically. They can’t. They broke us ideologically. They broke our minds and the defiant spirit that has defined our nation for over 200 years.