When do our rights and liberties need an expiration date? Do gray areas need to be reconsidered and renewed every ten or twenty years? Once our government confers rights and freedoms those liberties are all but impossible to take away. Even rights that have no constitutional sanction, like collective bargaining rights for public employees or the guarantee of a prevailing wage conferred by the Davis-Bacon Act, become so entrenched that they stick to us like some very toxic glue that injures the common good.
Being dead because your government let you down should entitle you to more than a perfunctory nod to patriotism and an all-out campaign to not offend the Muslims whose fringe elements killed you. President Obama substituted his usual appeasement policy pronouncement for the ultimatum America should be sending in response to the murders of our people in Benghazi:
We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves, whatever their creed, whatever their faith.¹
Perhaps we should take a few pointers from Muslims in the Middle East. When they get angry, they let everyone know it. Duplicity in dealing with the West is key and the wildcard is violence. Embarrassment over Pakistan should have been enough for those who craft U.S.
Our rights and freedoms once had value. They were something we cherished as a unique expression of America’s democratic and humanitarian ideals. Over the years we have become accustomed to doling out the rights enjoyed by our citizens to those who are not entitled simply because those rights are demanded.
The White House calls it a “limited” action, claiming “We Have Already Saved Lives.”1 Many of us are calling it a bad idea that we should have been asked about. It is much too early to know whether the U.S.
Beginning a military conflict without a clear purpose is a bad idea. Going into a conflict without acknowledging the purpose is worse, especially when the only justification for action is a goal no one wants to admit.
The Libyan situation is a nightmare scenario.