Homeland (In)Security

Homeland (In)Security

May 1, 2005

Homeland (In)Security.
It is very important for people to know this. A Washington Post article today, U.S. Sees Drop in Terrorist Threats, cites evidence that terrorist threats have fallen by 25-50% to their lowest level since Sept. 11, 2001.

What’s the reason for the improved numbers? In part, improvements at the intelligence agencies which makes it more difficult and expensive to do bad things than it was before.

As you know, I have been urging Americans to unclench their buttocks and get back to business. Wars against ‘isms’ are a load of crap, designed to pander to people’s fears, usually for political purposes. I have travelled enough (15M miles at last count) to know the world is, and always has been, a risky place. We are all going to die one day anyway, so kick butt, take names, and don’t waste a single day while you are here.

I’m not saying we should be dumb. We should keep an eye out for anyone trying to hurt anybody. But man-on-man homeland security, where we divide up the country in pairs and watch each other, has been tried before, without success, in the Soviet Union. Rather than hire more shoe-sniffers at the airports we should give them shovels and have TSA’ers help dig the trenches to lay fiber-optics to every school in America. The key to our future safety is educating our children so we can retain our lead in technology and grow.

Benjamin Franklin, not known as a wussie-boy in his time, had it right when he wrote: “Those that would trade liberty for a little temporary security are not worthy of either.”Let’s get some attitude again. And let’s quit whining and get back to work.

JR

John Rutledge

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