21 April 2006    |    PatriotPost.US    |    Patriot No. 06-16

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General discontent...

Currently, there are about 4,700 living members of the retired General Officer corps, most of whom left active duty between Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Last week, .13 (that's point one three) percent (or 13 ten-thousandths) of them decided to help write the Democrats' '06 midterm-election playbook. Six retired officers (seven if we're to include former Demo presidential hopeful Wesley Clark) issued public indictments of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's (read: the Bush administration's) conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

It is worth noting, because the Leftmedia hasn't, that the six complainants are all alumni of Clinton's Pentagon Cabal. Nor has the Leftmedia mentioned the support Secretary Rumsfeld has received from more consequential retired generals such as former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Richard Myers or former OEF and OIF commander Tommy Franks.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with criticism of an American president and his administration; as readers of this column well know The Patriot has written extensively about President Bush's domestic policy failures. But the disingenuous, politically-motivated accusations by Democrat Party leaders like Kennedy, Reid, Durbin, Kerry, Pelosi and their ilk are something else entirely. As we have noted before, their use of the gravely serious matter of the Iraq War for partisan political gain is nothing short of—and we don't toss this term out lightly—treason.

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Likewise, there is nothing wrong with former military officers declaring their intent to run for public office or their support for a political party. At least retired Marine colonel, Rep. John Murtha, had the integrity to do that. But the six officers in question have made no such declaration—insisting that their attack on the Bush administration is non-partisan. In this respect, they are either duplicitous or dupes—and one should fairly conclude that they are not the latter.

When retired general officers are recruited to join a political chorus of dissention in time of war, the consequences are the same—deadly.

When retired general officers are recruited by Demo Party leaders to join in a chorus of dissention in time of war, the consequences are the same: Deadly. Their actions embolden our enemy and endanger our troops on the ground.

Military officers recognize that unity of command is cardinal to the maintenance of effective war-fighting capability. As General George Patton said, "I am a soldier. I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight." However, that doesn't mean our military leaders need always agree on strategy and tactics. Genuine disagreement and debate are essential at all levels and in proper forums if we are to one day achieve victory in the Long War against Jihadi terror. Of such debate, Dwight Eisenhower noted, "The world moves, and ideas that were good once are not always good." Or, in Patton's parlance, "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."

Indeed, it is clear that Secretary Rumsfeld has made mistakes—given the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. "There are things that in retrospect I wish had gone differently," he concedes, "but no war plan remains intact after first contact with the enemy. Our combatant commanders fashioned a darn good war plan and we had plenty of plans for the post major combat operations. As things evolved, those plans were revised."

It is not the civilian defense secretary's job to win uniform popularity among his subordinate generals. In fact, there is something to be said for the value of tension between the civilian constitutional officer overseeing national defense and military commanders. But when such disagreements depart appropriate military forums and become political fodder, especially in time of war, the consequences for military unity and constitutional authority are threatened.

"We undermine the President's credibility at our nation's peril." —Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman

Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman wisely noted recently: "It's time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge [he is our] commander-in-chief. We undermine the President's credibility at our nation's peril."

Indeed, that is precisely what Democrat leaders, and now a thimble-full of former military leaders, have done. And of the 877 generals and admirals still on active duty, some additional dissenters have already been recruited to join the political chorus as soon as they retire. Regrettably, in doing so, they also undermine our national will to stay the course until Iraq is sufficiently stable to begin an orderly withdrawal.

The merit and substance of dissenters' complaints notwithstanding, this small cadre of officers has become part of a macro-Demo strategy to undermine one of the foundational pillars of the Republican Party—national security. As was the case with the recent Dubai Ports debacle and the current immigration reform debate, the Democrats are faking right on national security issues.

Of course, the Demos' reckless political strategy is not about Iraq or national security. It is about undermining support for President Bush and Republicans in advance of midterm elections, in an all out effort to regain control of the House and, particularly, the Senate.

The Democrats' ultimate objective is to deny President Bush another Supreme Court appointment, for if the Democrats know one thing, it is this: The real locus of central government power resides with judicial activists on the federal bench.

The Demos' reckless political strategy is not about Iraq. It's about the Supreme Court.

President Bush's High Court nominees are constitutional constructionists, as intended by our Founders—those who issue rulings based on the letter of constitutional law rather than the particular desires of their constituent agenda. The Democrats, however, have exiled our nation's Constitution and replaced it with the so-called "living constitution" interpreted by their judiciary minions, which assures them of national power regardless of which party controls the presidency or Congress, or gubernatorial and statehouses across the nation.

Democrats know that they can depend on their High Court appointees to legislate their bidding from the bench by way of judicial diktat. And Democrat dominion over the entire nation is therefore dependent on what Thomas Jefferson called, the "Despotic Branch".

Amid all the news about general officer dissent, you may have missed the news that Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the Supreme Court's two most liberal jurists, celebrated his 86th birthday Thursday. As The Patriot has noted previously, President Bush may have the opportunity to send the Senate his third nominee to the Court, should Stevens or Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire.

One more constructionist appointment and constitutional federalism will be restored. That prospect would end the Democrats' judicial reign over the nation for at least a generation, and the legal landscape would change dramatically.

If, however, Democrats can convince Americans that they would do a better job with national security than Republicans, and consequently retake control of the Senate this fall, no constructionist nominee can hope to be seated.

You recall that in 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated an exceptional jurist for the Supreme Court—Robert Bork. Unfortunately, a year earlier, Republicans lost the Senate in midterm elections. Consequently, Ted Kennedy and Co. were able to "bork" this superb jurist's nomination, and we instead had to settle for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

This summer, one thing is certain: We can expect an increasingly rancorous—and deceptive—run-up to the midterm elections, as Democrats will stop at nothing to prevent the return of constitutional order to the High Court. Expect to hear from more military dissenters. Don Rumsfeld was asked this week, "We keep hearing too many troops, not enough troops; pull them out, keep them in there. Is there anything that this administration can do to please the critics?" He replied, "Not in an election year."

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Quote of the week...

"The anti-Rumsfeld generals have a right to their opinion. But there's a reason the Founders provided for civilian control of the military, and a danger in military men using their presumed authority to push elected Administrations around. As for Democrats and their media allies, we can only admire their sudden new deference to the senior U.S. officer corps, which follows their strange new respect for the 'intelligence community' they also once despised. U.S. military recruiters might not be welcome on Ivy League campuses, but they're heroes when they trash the Bush Administration. We suspect the President understands that most of those calling for Mr. Rumsfeld's head are really longing for his... The further we move away from 9/11 without another domestic attack, the more tempting it is to believe that awful day was an aberration, to think that we can return to normalcy if we merely leave Iraq and the other Middle Eastern regimes to their own purposes. But the forces of radical Islam aren't going to leave us alone merely because we decide that resisting them is too hard." —The Wall Street Journal

On cross-examination...

"Much of their analysis strikes us as solid—but the rebellion is problematic nonetheless. It threatens the essential democratic principle of military subordination to civilian control—the more so because a couple of the officers claim they are speaking for some still on active duty. Anyone who protested the pushback of uniformed military against President Bill Clinton's attempt to allow gays to serve ought to also object to generals who criticize the decisions of a president and his defense secretary in wartime. If they are successful in forcing Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation, they will set an ugly precedent." —The Washington Post

Open query...

"Rumsfeld was right in believing that the war itself could be won with a much smaller force than was used in the first Gulf War of 1991, not least because the Iraqi army had halved in size. He was right effectively to send Tommy Franks away with a flea in his ear when the then US commander presented the original war plans, as General Franks has conceded... This was no McNamara-style micromanagement of targeting when Pentagon 'whiz-kids' constantly encroached upon professional military prerogatives. Rather, Mr. Rumsfeld's big picture approach is exactly what civilian control of the military is supposed to be all about: in other words, asking what would be the price in blood and treasure of a particular plan?" —Dean Godson, Research Director for Policy Exchange

The BIG lie...

"Rumsfeld should resign because the administration is losing the war on the home front. As bad as things are in Baghdad, America won't be defeated there militarily. But it may be forced into a hasty and chaotic retreat by mounting domestic opposition to its policy. Much of the American public has simply stopped believing the administration's arguments about Iraq, and Rumsfeld is a symbol of that credibility gap. He is a spent force." —The Washington Post's David Ignatius

Memo to David: Why are we "losing the war on the home front"?

This week's "Alpha Jacque-ass" award:

"I think... [Defense] Secretary Rumsfeld, with all due respect, is a past-tense man. And the president would be very wise, in my view, asking him to step aside. We need a new direction in Iraq." —Demo-gogue Sen. Chris Dodd

Memo to Chris: What we need is a "new direction" in Connecticut.

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Patriot Alert—STOP AMNESTY NOW!

"Leave like beaten rats, you old white people. It is your duty to die... We are going to take over." —Augustin Cebada

"Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Leave like beaten rats, you old white people. It is your duty to die... We are going to take over." —Augustin Cebada, a Brown Beret protestor, demanding amnesty for illegal aliens

Next week, the Senate will, again, take up immigration reform proposals.

The Patriot needs your assistance NOW in order to stop the McCain/Kennedy legislation, which will give illegal aliens "amnesty" and "fast-track citizenship." There is already a legal application process for citizenship, and most European and Asian immigrants abide by that process. All immigrants should abide by the law.

The final immigration reform legislation must provide for the following: Strict border security and enforcement; automatic detention and deportation of those crossing our borders illegally; no extension of amnesty or fast-track citizenship; preservation of our tax-subsidized medical, educational and social services for American citizens; strong penalties against employers who hire illegals; and Americanization of new legal immigrants. It should also disallow birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens, and we support legislation to that end.

Every day that passes without these reform measures, about 3,200 illegal aliens cross our borders. In another month, more than 96,000 illegal aliens will have entered the U.S.

You can help The Patriot promote this important message to millions of Americans so our Senators, Representatives and the President will know that the vast majority of Americans reject any amnesty proposal. Please make a small donation—whatever you can afford—to our Immigration Reform Campaign today.

News from the Swamp...

In the Executive Branch, "It's a game of musical chairs, I guess you'd say, that people love to follow." That's what President Bush told reporters this week as another round of White House staff changes came to pass, with all of us scurrying to keep up. On the surface, it looks as if newly installed Chief of Staff Josh Bolten is making all the right moves. Bolten has been working feverishly to shore up the administration's weaknesses in preparation for the 2006 midterm election. The Republicans will need to hold the majorities in both houses of Congress and come out strong in the various gubernatorial races if Bush is to have any hope of pushing his agenda during his final two years in office.

This week's switcheroo included moving Rob Portman from U.S. Trade Representative to head the White House budget office, and the resignation of Press Secretary Scott McClellan. With Portman's background in Congress and his strong ties with GOP leaders, it is widely expected that he will provide just the remedy Bush needs to fix his poor relationship with Capitol Hill Republicans. Portman was so widely respected in Congress that before he left to become trade representative last year, he was considered to be on the short list for future majority leader.

Another interesting development has been the scaling back of Karl Rove's duties. After the 2004 election, Rove's reach spread into the policy area—an area in which, as it turns out, he did not excel. As Rove became overstretched, the Bush agenda began to unravel to the point where the president's popularity is now at an all-time low. So Rove's role, influential as it is, has been scaled back so that he may concentrate on what he does best: win elections. In this case, he'll be working to maintain a Republican majority in the 2006 midterms.

Congressional Republicans are acting like Democrats when it comes to spending taxpayer money.

On the Hill, Congressional Republicans want to point the dirty end of the stick at President Bush for the enormous rise in federal spending, and there is some truth to that charge. Total outlays in his six years in office come to $1 trillion, some of that to pay for pie-in-the-sky domestic programs that are decidedly unconservative. However, Congress always manages to add several billion dollars to each budget proposal that this President sends to Capitol Hill—but why not? He never vetoes anything, so Congressional Republicans have no problem acting like Democrats when it comes to spending taxpayer money. Accountability for everyone involved will help rein in spending, but mere rhetoric will always ring hollow.

In the Senate, Oklahoma's Tom Coburn openly predicted that he "expects six congressmen and a fellow senator to go to jail on corruption charges" following the Jack Abramoff scandal. Coburn wouldn't name names, but indicated that anyone following the case should have a pretty good idea of whom he's talking about. Coburn also made a point of noting that corruption in Congress is bipartisan and not wholly owned by one party or another.

This week's "Braying Jackass" award:

"The Democrats make a terrible mistake if we act like it's illegitimate to be a values voter. Let me just say, every one of you is a values voter. If you weren't a values voter, you'd be at a Republican dinner tonight." —Bill Clinton on, uh, values—enough said.

In other news...

Guess Hu's coming to dinner... The big event in Washington this week was just that—the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao for a two-day visit with President Bush—albeit not under the guise of the official "state visit" Mr. Hu craved to show the people and the people's party back home. While this is Hu's first visit to the White House, it's his fifth meeting with President Bush this year, indicative of the heavy value Washington gives Sino-American relations—relations important for the U.S. economy and China's seemingly unavoidable role as a major player in issues of global security.

Hu Jintao's reasons for pursing the relationship are easy enough to discern, too. It's not shared ideological commitments to capitalism and democracy, of course—but then again, he's not going to let U.S. concerns over human rights, Taiwan, the grossly undervalued yuan, or imprisoned journalists and religious minorities overly muddy the waters, either. China's goal is to secure its position as a global powerhouse through modernization, which means an embrace of capitalism, at least to a degree. In so doing, Beijing has realized it can't achieve that goal apart from what it describes as a "strategic partnership" with Washington—particularly access to America's technological and financial resources.

The Bush administration understands this and, like its predecessor, sees economic integration with China as a first step toward China's democratization. Encouragingly, though, the administration cites China's quiet cooperation in areas of concern like Afghanistan, Burma and Sudan, reflecting a more multifaceted approach to China than the Clintonistas ever considered. Areas where China has been less cooperative—such as Iran and, to a degree, North Korea—indicate Beijing's focus upon its own escalating energy needs at the expense of international security. Mr. Bush and Mr. Hu will surely discuss these topics in their meetings. And while the road ahead may be bumpy, the decision to engage rather than isolate China, if carefully managed, can be expected to pay dividends in years to come.

On the National Security front...

Amid continuing sectarian violence, Iraqi politicians struggled to form a unity government, though a major impediment may finally be gone. Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari, strongly opposed by the Sunnis and Kurds, but supported by anti-U.S. Sheik Muqtada al-Sadr, had long insisted that he was the Shi'ite nominee for prime minister and had refused to step aside, essentially stopping any progress toward a unified Iraqi government. However, as even some Shi'ites started calling for him to give up his nomination, al-Jafari on Thursday agreed to allow the Shi'ite parties to withdraw his name. Shi'ite lawmakers are to meet Saturday to decide whether to replace al-Jafari, with the expectation that this will almost certainly be the case. All in all, al-Jafari's replacement would be a very encouraging sign of a maturing political process. Elsewhere in Baghdad, due process slowly but surely crept along, as the chief judge in Saddam Hussein's trial ruled that signatures linking the ousted tyrant to a 1980s massacre were "authentic." Justice awaits...

This week's "Alpha Jackass" award:

"No American soldier should be sacrificed because Iraqi politicians refuse to resolve their ethnic and political differences." —John Kerry

Memo to Monsieur Kerry: "American troops in Iraq aren't being wounded and killed because of Iraqi politicians—but by terrorists who refuse to participate in the political process." —Oliver North

From the warfront with Jihadistan...

This week, Iran—the one nation in the world most intent on breaking its treaty commitments to nuclear nonproliferation—was elected to co-chair the United Nations' Commission on Disarmament, along with Uruguay and Chile. And this on the heels of Tehran's announcement that it has successfully begun the enrichment of uranium. The irony of Tehran's ascent to chair the UNCD only highlights the three wasted years of pointless negotiation between Iran and the UN—but The Patriot has said all this before:

There have been three wasted years of pointless negotiation between Iran and the UN.

"When the IAEA last week agreed to take Iran's word that it was not pursuing nuclear weapons, a future war between the United States and the Islamic Republic became a virtual certainty." —Patriot 04-48, 3 December 2004

"If you think North Korea's nukes are a problem now, just wait until Iran acquires them. A nuclear-armed Iran is not acceptable and must be stopped. Diplomatically, if possible; militarily, if not. Right now, the IAEA is part of the problem, not the solution." —Patriot 05-08, 25 February 2005

"For nearly two years now, Iran has avoided UN Security Council action, thanks to the Europeans. But even the EU3 seem to be reaching the end of their patience. Whether the UN is willing to hold Iran to account is another question (see USA vs. Iraq, 2003), but if Iran resumes enrichment, we'll soon know the answer." —Patriot 05-19, 13 May 2005

"One of two things must happen before Iran attains nuclear weapons, say before the end of 2008: Either the UN displays the backbone to discipline Iran, even in the face of very large oil-price increases, or Operation Iranian Freedom must commence." —Patriot 06-05, 3 February 2006

Still not clear? Perhaps Iranian President Muhammad Ahmadi-Nejad, speaking on 5 February of this year, said it better than we ever could: "Our enemies cannot do a damn thing. We do not need them at all. It is them who need the Iranian nation. You can issue as many resolutions as you like and dream on. But you cannot prevent the Iranian nation's progress."

On the Homeland Security front...

While some 36,000 Americans still die each year from seasonal influenza, the 1918 "Spanish flu" pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people. Today, with the emergence of the H5N1 avian flu, a new pandemic is possible. According to Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research, "Most of the federal government right now is [as] ill prepared as any part of society" for the "12 to 18 month blizzard." Using post-Katrina recommendations, President Bush is expected to approve a national pandemic influenza response plan, identifying more than 400 specific tasks for federal agencies. Headed by the President, a new interagency task force will coordinate federal response, while a Disaster Response Group will resolve disputes among agencies or states. However, the new plan does not exempt local leaders. "Any community that fails to prepare, with the expectation that the federal government can come to the rescue," according to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, "will be tragically wrong."

From the "Department of Military Readiness"...

The United States is upgrading capabilities—both offensive and defensive. The upgrades make our preparations strong enough to fight the war we least want to fight so we can, indeed, deter a nightmare. If an enemy sees no way to attack successfully and no way to protect itself from a devastating counter-attack, then nuclear weapons are useful for provocation only. Someday Islamists, like the current Iranian government, might attack to provoke a counter-attack that becomes causus belli for a global pan-Islamic Jihad.

The Department of Homeland Security will spend $3 billion in new contracts to improve our detection of radioactive materials. The $5 billion already spent since 9/11 on less than satisfactory systems points to technology standards that are still lacking.

Since the nuclear genie is out of the bottle, we have no choice but to command that genie to serve us.

Meanwhile, the National Nuclear Security Administration plans to select designs for a new generation of nuclear warheads. Nukes, like milk in the fridge, have a shelf life. The improved capabilities will allow the U.S. to reduce the stockpile from 6,000 to 3-4,000 warheads. Furthermore, another generation of engineers will gain the know-how to build and maintain the stockpile that serves as our nation's foremost deterrent against nuclear attack. Since the nuclear genie is out of the bottle, we have no choice but to command that genie to serve us with better defenses and an ever-ready, obliterating offense.

Judicial Benchmarks...

The Supreme Court declined this week to consider the case of Abu Bakker Qassim and A'del Abdu Al-Hakim, two Chinese Muslims captured in Pakistan in 2002 and currently in custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While the two have been cleared of being "enemy combatants," the government insists on their continued detention until a country of asylum can be found. As Muslims and members of the Uighur ethnic group, they cannot be returned to China, where they would face persecution. While the court could decide to rule on the case after an appeals court decision, the Supremes' refusal this week may signal an acquiescence to the government's position, which The Patriot supports—that enemy detainees are not in possession of the internationally guaranteed rights of prisoners of war, much less rights guaranteed under our own Constitution.

From the Left...

Alan Mollohan, ranking Demo member of the House Ethics Committee, has himself become the target of accusations of serious ethical lapses. It turns out that the West Virginia Democrat has been funneling, for years, millions in earmarks toward a group of nonprofit organizations that he set up and populated with associates and former staffers. In required disclosure forms, Mollohan's personal net worth has reportedly grown from about $100,000 in 2000 to $11.4 million in 2005. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Mollohan has steered at least $178 million to nonprofit groups in his district over the past five years..." Now that the National Legal and Policy Center has filed a 500-page complaint with the U.S. Attorney's office, however, it appears the game is up. Another Democrat gone bad... So, just whose culture of corruption is it now, anyway?

Regarding the redistribution of your income...

Planned Parenthood's latest preventative pregnancy campaign? Promoting profligacy via a "Safe is Sexy" ad. Scheduled to run on MTV and the extremely popular MySpace.com, the ad uses a female construction worker to illustrate its point of condoms as a "nice tool," complete with a large, condom-stuffed toolbox and a boyfriend already in bed and ready for, well, you know, when Miss Hardhat arrives home. If Planned Parenthood's ad campaign isn't bad enough as it is, you, the taxpayer, foot the bill. With one-third of the organization's funding coming from federal and other tax dollars, it's no wonder so many conservative organizations, including The Patriot, are outraged. Planned Parenthood explains that the ad is educational—morally obtuse, ideologically loaded and irresponsible, is more like it.

From the "Regulatory Commissars" File...

In Pennsylvania, six people were brutally murdered in a small home in Lancaster County. Normally outside our purview, this crime caught our attention because the murder weapon was a hammer, not a gun. We wonder how long it will take the Bradys to advocate a "Hammer Control Act" for registering all tools and subjecting buyers to a waiting period. Not quite as trendy as gun control, though, is it?

Speaking of guns, Louisiana's Senate just passed a bill 39-0 protecting the gun rights of its citizens during a disaster emergency in the wake of firearm confiscation after Katrina under current law. The bill now goes to the House. We would encourage our Bayou brethren to remember that the Second Amendment is still part of the U.S. Constitution.

From the "Non Compos Mentis" Files...

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid took to the floor last week to impart some wisdom that had apparently escaped many of his colleagues. "[N]o matter how many times I call this lectern a car, it does not matter, this is not a car. This is a lectern, used here in the Senate for us to put our papers on and deliver a speech. This is not a car. If I come to the Senate floor and, day after day, hour after hour, call this a car, it is not a car. It is a lectern. If I come to this Senate floor day after day and say what the Democrats have done is unusual, unwarranted, unbelievable, it is wrong, it is as wrong as this lectern being called a car."

After more ranting about blazing trails to offices, he finally realized that he was babbling incoherently and said, "I apologize to the chair and to Senator Byrd. I hope he's not watching. My BlackBerry. It went off a couple times, and I lost my concentration... I know people feel that this lectern is a chair, but it is not. This is the Senate." Thanks for clearing that up, Harry.

From the "Village Academic Curriculum" File...

The battle to reclaim our universities will require many small steps to succeed.

Your home will most certainly be protected by this sticker (though it helps to actually own a gun)! Stand for your 2nd Amendment rights against those 'Gun Free' folks who just don't get it. T-shirts are also available.

Score one for the team. Deportation is imminent now for former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group that has killed hundreds of Israelis. Al-Arian faces 46-57 months in prison before being deported, though he has already served most of that time. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said, "We have a responsibility not to allow our nation to be a safe haven for those who provide assistance to the activity of terrorists." Admittedly, this is a small victory for both Homeland Security and academia, but the battle to reclaim our universities will require many small steps to succeed.

Around the nation...

From the states, California's legislature is attempting to further the goal of "normalizing" homosexual behavior with a bill that will indoctrinate school children with an "accurate" portrayal of "the sexual diversity of our society." Revised history will also be taught with various historical Americans portrayed as having been homosexual whether or not such claims can be proved. Quite ironically, the author of the Senate bill, Sen. Sheila Kuhel, declared, "It is time for parents and taxpayers across California to stand up and denounce the hijacking of our public schools by extreme political activists... The indoctrination needs to stop now!" If only she could hear herself...

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Senate, a bill is pending that would exempt private Christian colleges from any local nondiscrimination laws that violate their religious beliefs. The bill is actually an amendment to the 1965 Higher Education Act. It passed the House and a Senate committee already, though wording was added in the Senate committee to ensure that the schools would not "discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability." That leaves sexual disorientation wide open, however, and homosexual activists are banging on their highchairs... again.

On the culture front...

The church plays an important role in the lives of many immigrants—of both the legal and illegal variety. In fact, most illegal aliens are Hispanic Roman Catholics, giving Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles the chance to lead the charge against the recent immigration bill passed by the House. Mahony has a personal stake in the matter, considering that his ministry consists of the largest concentration of Mexicans outside of Mexico City, and he often aids those who are here illegally. He views the issue as one of oppression of the poor. Many people credit (or blame) Mahony for at least partly inspiring the mass demonstrations that took place last month protesting legislation targeting illegal aliens.

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One concern arising from Mahony's rationale is whether the Catholic Church in the U.S. is set to employ liberation theology in its involvement in the debate over immigration. Liberation theology—the oxymoronic marriage of Christianity and Marxism that has plagued Latin America since the 1950s—exploits Christ's teachings on poverty to advocate social mobilization and the redistribution of wealth, and has only succeeded in plunging one generation of Latin Americans after another into violent classist turmoil. We'll be watching Cardinal Mahony & Co., hopeful that their exercise of free speech is channeled in a socially responsible direction.

Family and faith matters...

Reindeer games abound in Sudan, where leaders in Khartoum first scheduled a Darfur visit from UN Undersecretary Jan Egeland, then delayed it again for "internal reasons" before finally reauthorizing it. What could those "internal reasons" be? It is generally known that Muslims are killing and enslaving Christians in great numbers in Darfur, burning their villages and raping their women—although The New York Times reported the latest episode of same without the words "Christian" or "Muslim" appearing anywhere. UN relief workers are already present in the area, for what they're worth. To this point, it must be said that the West has been genuinely tolerant of the genocide in Darfur being perpetrated by the "religion of peace."

With Orwellian irony, the Arab League—not the West—has agreed to fund African Union "peacekeeping" operations in Darfur for the next six months. In the meantime, a few voices are calling for a UN peacekeeping operation to Sudan supported by NATO logistics. But with separatists from Sudan and neighboring Chad occupying the area in increasing numbers and jeopardizing already scarce aid, it's really too little, too late.

On the frontiers of junk science...

Earth Day, 22 April, is that special day created in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (not coincidentally on V.I. Lenin's birthday) to promote anti-capitalist environmental regulations. Of course, the movement is now led by none other than Al Gore, who predicts the end of the world in ten years, due to global warming (set your doomsday calendars accordingly). So beware—radical environmentalists, eco-theologists and other socialists will be peddling their wares again this weekend. Come to think of it, they never really stop peddling, do they?

Reclaim Earth Day from socialist enviro-nuts like Al Gore. Remind them that the Industrial Revolution was the foundation for the strongest economy in the world.(Quantity discounts available).

Indeed, in December, NASA scientist James Hansen was among those being profiled by "60 Minutes," The New York Times and others for his expertise on "global warming." Hansen's colleagues view him as a "loose cannon" and "an alarmist." When he declared to ABC news that 2005 had tied 1998 as the warmest year on record, colleagues quickly distanced themselves, saying, "NASA has not officially released any data declaring 2005 tied with 1998 for the warmest year on record..." He has since been instructed to follow protocol, and is now crying "censorship." That's a new one.

Fortunately, these eco-loons are not going unchallenged. Many religious leaders and policy experts are now joining forces to promote the novel idea of reason in the debate. This effort centers in large part on the Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship, a document that defends humanity against the ridiculous charges of radical environmentalists. The Declaration states that humans, as bearers of God's image, have been given dominion over the Earth and are not "principally consumers and polluters rather than producers and stewards." It also notes that "while some environmental concerns are well founded and serious, others are without foundation or greatly exaggerated, [such as] fears of destructive manmade global warming, overpopulation and rampant species loss."

We at The Patriot are, of course, doing our part with this new "Industrial Revolution Day" bumper sticker to remind Al Gore and his ilk that the everyday amenities they currently enjoy came about because of technological progress. In fact, American businesses are more environmentally conscious than ever in good, productive free-market ways, and we needn't drive our economy into the ground with socialist regulation to be good stewards.

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The Ninth Circus Court Jesters dealt a blow to public safety when it ruled on 14 April that the city of Los Angeles cannot arrest people for sleeping in the streets. In a 2-1 ruling, the court determined that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on "cruel and unusual punishment" prevented the city from arresting people for sleeping in the streets when doing so "is an unavoidable consequence of being human and homeless without shelter in the City of Los Angeles." Breathtaking in its scope, the court recognized a new "right" to sleep in the streets if a community fails to provide adequate shelter for the homeless. For the sake of basic public safety and sanity, we hope this decision joins the ever-growing list of Ninth Circuit decisions that have been reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, we hope L.A.'s homeless don't take their new constitutional right to sleep in the street too literally, suffering them to be just one more speed bump on the road to the Left's kinder and gentler world...

Lex et Libertas—Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for the editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm's way around the world, and for their families, especially those of our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who have died in defense of American liberty while prosecuting the war with Jihadistan.)