Commemorate from Within

 Posted by on 10 September 2008 at 11:01 pm  Foreign Policy, Philosophy, Politics
Sep 102008
 

It’s another somber anniversary of the murders of approximately 2981 Americans and foreign nationals by Islamists on September 11, 2001.

The necrotizing pestilence that characterizes the ideology of Islamic totalitarianism is alive and well in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. And it infests places across the globe, from Indonesia to Europe.

The Islamists are unequivocal in their goal of jihad: world domination and rule according to Islamic ideology. And I doubt the radicals’ infamous leader, Osama bin Laden, has changed his mind about his virulent hatred for Americans and Jews.

Beginning with the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, our leaders have not succeeded in exterminating the threat that continues to thrive and fester like flesh-eating bacteria. So, in commemorating the anniversary of September 11, let’s also remember the other innocents who were attacked by jihadists in 2008,2007,2006,2005,2005,2003,2002,2000,1998, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1988, 1986, 1985, 1985, 1983, and 1979.

The outrageous failure of our foreign policy against this cancerous threat is perhaps a symptom of a broader illness in our society. If we look around at the erosion of freedom that’s occurring in America, maybe it won’t be such a shock to find ourselves stuck with the perpetual threat of terrorism: we’re still fighting to uphold our own Constitutionally-protected freedoms against attacks by interest groups who want to tear them down.

First Amendment separation-of-church-and-state issues continue to plague us. Preventing the religious right from ramming their biblical morality through our state and federal legislatures is a constant battle. Take the “personhood” amendment in Colorado which proposes to define the human being as beginning with fertilization. This monstrous religion-driven idea that a microscopic fertilized egg has the same inalienable rights as an actual person represents a level of irrationality right out of the Dark Ages.

Other societal mandates sought by the religious right are just as anti-life: faith-based initiatives, the teaching of creationism, anti-abortion laws, opposition to gay marriage, prayer in the schools, state-sponsorship of religious symbols, and opposition to stem-cell research and euthanasia.

Economic liberty, or property rights, as addressed in the Fifth Amendment is fundamentally important to a free society. But it has been trampled in countless ways, from the passage of the first antitrust laws in the 19th century to the sweepingly-regulatory Sarbanes-Oxley law of 2002. The bottom line: these laws have done nothing but restrict the ability of individuals and businesses to freely produce and trade with one another according to their mutually-agreed terms.

Another example of the disregard for the Fifth Amendment is the wanton abuse of Eminent Domain, best exemplified by the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case, Kelo v City of New London. In that case, the Court said that homes and businesses could be taken for uses that might generate more tax revenue. This affirmed that constitutional “public use” can be defined so that private property can be taken so that new private property can be taxed by the government—a double-dipping violation of property rights.

These examples–and so many others–aren’t jet planes crashing into the Bill of Rights; these are laws made and upheld by our Legislators and our Courts and our Presidents. Ultimately, its up to the People to say, “enough!” and establish grounding for our freedom using rational philosophical principles, as identified by Ayn Rand with her philosophy, Objectivism.

So on September 11, 2008, let’s commemorate not only the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States, but the concept of liberty–that distinctly American institution that we must courageously protect from our enemies—and from ourselves.

   
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