Compassionate Conservatism, Christian Internationalism, and Other Assorted Outrages
Thanks to the 'No Child Left Behind Act,' military recruiters are able to access inforamtion about sixth graders! No use waiting to find fodder for the Empire.
Ron Paul asks, "Is America becoming a police state?" He writes:
Washington DC provides a vivid illustration of what our future might look like. Visitors to Capitol Hill encounter police barricades, metal detectors, paramilitary officers carrying fully automatic rifles, police dogs, ID checks, and vehicle stops. The people are totally disarmed; only the police and criminals have guns. Surveillance cameras are everywhere, monitoring street activity, subway travel, parks, and federal buildings. There's not much evidence of an open society in Washington, DC, yet most folks do not complain-- anything goes if it's for government-provided safety and security.
It's hilarious that we scornfully laugh at earlier generations who made schoolchildren hop under desks to prepare for a nuclear attack when we scare our children with ads about the terrorist bogeyman from the time they are babes. Meanwhile, even as we leave our borders undefended, Americans heading to the airport should prepare for images out of an Orwellian nightmare--heavily armed security personnel, constant jabbering about being in a "high security" environment, ID checks, etc. More of what Sam Francis has called 'anarcho-tyranny.'
On that note, William Safire writes that "freedom is the wave of the future." Uh, OK, Bill.
Did Saddam gas his own people?
Anti-Christian columnist Nicholas Kristoff sends out kudos to Sam Brownback. Brownback has been a target here on several occasions. Kristoff says that Brownback is "to the right of Atilla the Hun," (so where does that put me?) but is nevertheless an interesting and admirable political figure? Why the praise from Kristoff? Because Brownback represents a new trend among Evangelicals--support for Neo-Babelistic internationalism. Kristoff says that working with the likes Brownback and other Evangelicals, liberals "might register real progress on sex trafficking, an African-American history museum, malaria and immigration reform."
Brownback wants to pour money down the foreign aid rathole because, "I had a health issue a few years back, and it really made my faith real. It made me think, the things that the Lord would want done, let's do. His heart is with the downtrodden, so let's help them."
Brownback needs to explain why it is the state rather than Christian families, churches, and charities that should be rescuing the downtrodden.
In his fine book, 'A Republic, Not an Emprire,' Pat Buchanan discussed the influence of "religious activists" who seek "to use America's leverage to force changes in the policies of countries that deny their people full religious freedom."
Any crusade for religious tolerance is gong to attract Americans. This one has brought together Left and Right. Invariably, the demnad is for the United State to use its diplomatic leverage and economic clout--including sanctions--on regimes that persecute people of faith or deny them full religious freedom. As scores of nations do not share the American belief in an absolute free market for religious faiths, this crusade invites constant collisions between the United States and regimes from China to Russia to Saudi Arabia and Sudan, and raises anew a question as old as the Republic:
In an imperfect world, to what extent should the internal policies and practices of foreign countries determine the U. S. relationship?