----- Original Message -----
Of course the Multnomah County Boardo
Supervisors, except for Lonnie Roberts who is a Republican, would oppose
the Patriot Act. The Democratic Party has elevated resistance to the
Patriot Act to the level of a battle cry. The Benjamin Franklin
quote "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" has been elevated to
Highest Principle status, along with Equality, Tolerance, and
Choice. But Privacy,
If you do not believe we face an enemy willing
to attack us with stealth, then you would consider that such measures are
unwarranted. If no threat exists, then the entire
But, for those of us who still believe that in fact 19, or more, people with a Militant Islamic agenda operated in stealth, and took down a giant economic edifice with a great deal of life loss, and that those who organized those attacks desire to perpetrate even more damage, then trusting our government to "provide for the common defense" in the manner in which is required to deal with such threats, is a reasonable allowance. Such logic is berated as simplistic and naÔve by those who can believe in the vast stream of a gigantic conspiratorial network of Republican Industrialists who have duped the mindless mass of unthinking Christians with intolerant rhetoric so they could retain office and manipulate the economy and law for the benefit of their industrial benefactors.
For those who believe the government was in collusion, directly or indirectly, with those who did us harm, then the Patriot Act and its associated surveillance provisions was the desired end by the cabal of Government-Industry megalomaniacs who wish to exert an even greater economic, political-social control over the American populace.
I for one have not been given sufficient credible evidence to adopt the belief that our Republican leaders have uniformly stooped to this level of traitorous Big Brother, Industry-Governmental alliance (nor that the Democratic wing of government has uniformly opposite intents with regard to controlling the populace for the benefit of profit and power). At this time, it appears to me that those who wish to assume the control of the nation, the losing party in 2004, are using these issues, the paranoia of the people, a twisted view of current events, and the knee-jerk slogans such as "Protecting Privacy", "Peace", and "Defense of Freedom" as their seducing mantras.
In the current world situation, we do not sacrifice our Liberties for "Temporary Security". Rather, we sacrifice our liberty against a threat which is permanent. Militant Islam has a 1000+ year history of a crusade against the West -- the threat of Militant Islam will never end; that is, it will not end until their hearts are won over by the love and Truth of the God of the Universe. Their vision of a world under the sword of Allah is a dream conceived in Hell and given nurturance in the fertile minds of those who have no opportunity to make a reasoned choice of philosophical systems. Once under the stabilizing influence of a system which desires to impose itself on all humanity, prevents exposure to other religions, and prohibits conversion, the spreading tyranny of such a religion becomes a universal threat to liberty. Such a virulent philosophical system can safely coexist with the family of man only when it is strongly contained. In a strange paradox, we must sacrifice a small amount of liberty to protect us from a great loss of liberty. Such compromises are uniformly noted in a world infected with evil. War must be fought against an imposing evil empire in order to restore peace. Intolerance of unGodliness, and those who would impose an unrighteous belief system upon us all, must be exercised so that we may all live in a society where we can be free to tolerate Godly diversity.
As long as we choose to pretend that Militant Islam is simply a tool of the CIA, State Department, or a Republican President that has used the pretense of attack to engage in war create a pipeline through Pakistan, get oil to control the economic growth of China, or some other equally conspiratorial interpretation of current events, then we will be lulled into a sense of safety by these adult fantasies.
Militant Islam is a real phenomenon, a true
Satanic religion, and regardless of the lack of organizational
cohesion between the disparate Islamic nations and sects, it is
only necessary for a small band of committed unholy warriors bent on
destroying America to do vast damage given the level of destructive
power now available in modern weaponry. The followers of this
religion have shown themselves to be immune from the normal
humanizing influence of cherishing personal survival. Their
religious principles, and the surrounding support structures of the
Islamic culture, have given its followers the philosophical validation
necessary to justify giving their lives in trivial
gestures against their purported spiritual enemies --
e.g. blowing up a car full of explosives next to a bus-full of
infidels. It is blind to imagine that such zealots for their
cause/faith will not covet the goal of disrupting the entire economic
We can only hope our elected officials are men of great integrity who will use this strong power of covert surveillance for our benefit and protection, and not our enslavement. Our best insurance is to install men who bow before the Throne of Heaven, recognizing that their soul will one day be accountable. Those who wish to take God from the public lexicon, and replace Him with a trust in the goodness of Man, or the Democratic ideals of liberalism/humanism, will find the god of manís creation a cruel taskmaster.
Let us simply pray for Godly leaders who listen to the voice of the Lord, humble themselves in His service, and let us unite as a people against this common threat. Let us each share the love and hope of the Gospel of Christ with our neighbor by our everyday words and actions. A Godly nation, a people who actually bend the knee and heart before Him in a righteous daily walk provides any people with the best Homeland Defense.
Jonathan: So basically we have to trust them and hope for the best?
Thomas: I think changing
the hearts and minds of the people in our own sphere towards our best
concept of righteousness is the only truly proactive approach to life that
is effective. It's not a big
intervention, but itís really all we can do. If the Multnomah Board
wants to protest the Patriot Act, that would fall under the category of
taking action in their own sphere.
We are all responsible for doing what we judge to be right.
If political action, writing, or speaking persuasively is your calling,
then do it. If sharing with a
friend about your convictions and faith is the size and scope of your
mission field, then donít shirk from the duty to express yourself when the
spirit moves you. Each of us must be true to our own sense of
Truth. We will each be held
Thomas: First, I must say that I am unconvinced by the examples of abuse you presented. I stand by my original statement about the article and my considerations about the need for the Patriot Act.
My argument is based on what I believe to be true, that we face an actual threat to our survival which merits surveillance of those who have already penetrated our borders. Without monitoring, they will be totally free to act without restraint, against our populace, industry, and government. Our borders should be strongly monitored for entrance, exit, and location of all immigrants and visitors. We want to have a totally open society that embraces all people and allows them to mingle freely and enjoy our liberty. But, those who behave badly and violate our space do not deserve the privilege of such an open an trusting reception. As usual, the few who violate cause all who obey the unwritten rules of right action to be subject the ensuing laws that restrict behavior. Those who criticize the restrictions placed on freedom and access should place responsibility on those who have violated our peace. I believe this criticism of the Patriot Act, and its provisions for monitoring the movements of suspicious person do so for the purpose of impugning the character and intent of the Republicans and Bush in an effort to paint a picture of abuse and tyrannical addiction to power.
A first strike proactive attack against those who intend harm falls under the category of ďPreserving the domestic tranquility." It does not prove the Administration was conducting a war to satisfy an imperialistic hunger. Again, the Left's attack slanders the Right, impugns motive and character for the purpose of gaining political advantage and turning the popular antipathy against the Conservative Right, the Administration, and the Republican control of Congress.
The doctrine of attacking only those who attack first is of course an excellent concept provided the enemy has only made hollow threats to strike first. A first strike war can be morally justified when national survival appears threatened. Likewise, aggressive action can be justified to support the liberation of a people from a tyrant. The justification for the invasion is not diminished by mistakes of history. If past leaders installed a tyrant for political expediency, business advantage, or out of moral corruption, none of these past errors of judgment or character trump a current righteous cause.
of all the oppressed throughout the world is an desirable goal. But,
we do not have the resources, nor the desire, to install a military
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