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This Views Column
The American newspaper USA Today published a remarkable little essay, July 4, America creates its own terrors, by Jill Nelson.
I read it over and over again, trying to come up with answers to three vexing questions posed by its appearance in USA Today:
You may want to read Nelsons column in its entirety, to give you an overall view, before continuing here with my piecemeal commentary. On the other hand, after reading its first paragraph, you may not have the stomach to read any more of it.
I cannot remember having read any published essay that begins with a more complex, convoluted statement. It is as if the writer is verbally constipated and cant quite manage to get it out.
I think the writer is trying to assert that the right to dissent has been lost. You can probably figure out already that Nelson considers her own opinions to be dissent and she is, therefore, demonstrating how wrong she is by the very act of writing for publication in USA Today.
I will not say that, in the assertions she makes below, her observations are entirely without merit. But the idea that the right to dissent has been lost in this country is nuts. Ill tell you what else it is: the product of a mindset that thinks America racist, sexist, classist, homophobic America is evil beyond redemption, beyond dispute. And, therefore, anybody who dissents is automatically right. True. Correct. Good.
Wow. It must take a whole lot of intellectualization to make oneself that stupid. I know I cant do it. I guess Im just not smart enough to be that dumb.
Who is this we to whom Nelson refers? I have not been terrified by the government into silent acquiescence. I dont know anybody who has been terrified by the government into silent acquiescence. But Im from Small-Town America. Maybe if I lived, say, in New York City, I would know lots of terrified silent acquiescencers.
I suspect not, though. I think the real problem here is one of perception. Nelson needs to get out more and circulate among folks who are not pseudo-intellectual, anti-American cultural Marxists. Im sure they feel that they have been terrorized into silent acquiescence because they are not, since 9/11, finding such a ready market for their Hate America First and Always communistic propaganda.
What a shame.
And the war on terrorism is, so far, ineffective? Tell that to the Taliban who were evicted from Afghanistan.
This is a claim is it not? this is a claim that our government has attacked and discriminated against Arab-Americans, Arabs, and those who look Muslim.
Who? When? Where?
How can any living, breathing, thinking human being make a claim such as this? Well... thinking may be the clue-word here.
True, our government has indefinitely detained enemy combatants. How else to (1) prevent them from continuing as enemy combatants and (2) find out what they know? Would Nelson rather have us send them questionnaires by air mail, hoping they wont try to hijack the planes and fly them into buildings?
Im not quite sure what point there is in mentioning that Lees father retired as an Army lieutenant colonel except in highlighting the striking contrast to his daughters lone-vote attitude. I suspect, though, that that is not what Nelson intended.
The vice president and the attorney general have been verbally bludgeoning average citizens into unquestioning silence.
Who? When? Where?
I think, once again, that Nelson needs to get out more and meet some people who are not left-wing extremist race-baiters. (I throw that in because some Internet searches lead me to believe that Nelson is what Fred Reed politely calls a racial professional.)
Oh, I do not question that some folks have been verbally bludgeoned into unquestioning silence on matters concerning the war on terrorism. But the folks who have been doing the verbal bludgeoning, to the best of their ability, are the average, ordinary American Joe and Jane whom, I suspect, Nelson alternatively despises (especially if they are white) and patronizes (especially if they are black). This, because the masses who are not smart enough to intellectualize themselves into stupidity realize that effective opposition to U.S. military action in response to the Massacre of September 11, 2001, would indeed be aiding the enemy.
I have read only one thing else that Nelson has written, which I will quote later. God willing, I wont ever have to read another. I would like to state, however, my very strong suspicion not an opinion, merely a suspicion that Nelsons real objection is to being on the receiving end, for once, of the verbal bludgeoning.
What will be left? Cuba.
Seriously. All those things have been gone in Cuba for about four decades now. Especially to the point, if Nelson were a Cuban as critical of Fidel Castro and his cronies as she is an American critical of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and John Ashcroft, she would be in jail by now. And probably for ever. If they let her live that long.
Wanting to know how Jill Nelson feels about Cuba if youve been paying any attention at all, Ill bet you know already how she feels about Cuba this is all I could come up with, from an article by Norman Podhoretz, April 12, 2000, on the Elian Gonzalez affair. But I think it is enough:
Nelson is worried, now, that Americans might lose free speech; privacy in our homes, e-mails and houses of worship; probable cause and a speedy and fair trial. Back then, though, she thought it cultural imperialism to suggest that a land with all those things provides a better life than a land with none of them.
It might occur to you that she is being inconsistent. Do not be so hasty. She is not inconsistent. Not at all. Either way, she is Hating America First and Always. And that, Im telling you, is what all her bloviation is all about, all the time.
The need for skepticism and dissent is not greater now than ever. (If she can make a bald assertion, so can I.)
I dont personally know any of them, Deo gratias, but I am quite sure that thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of Americans question the presidents words concerning an Axis of Evil and Arafats continuing leadership of the Palestinian Authority. They do it repeatedly and loudly. In fact, I hear rumors that readership is up among the left-wing publications in which, I am sure, all kinds of questioning of the president go on all the time. As they probably hadnt in the eight years previous to this administration.
Nobody comes around knocking on the doors of the editorial staff to haul them off for re-education at a workers-paradise boot-camp; nobody revokes their license to write and publish, because no such thing is required in America; and, nobody comes around to confiscate any issue deemed to be offensive. (In America, that only happens to right-wing publications on college campuses.)
No. Whats really bugging Jill Nelson is this: nobody is paying any attention to what she and her Hate America First and Always comrades are saying about the war on terrorism. And she cant stand it.
What a shame.
George W. Bush became president of the United States, in the first place, because scheming Democrats were not able to steal the election away from him in Florida no matter how many times the Florida Supreme Court, dominated by Democrats, tried to let them get away with it. Thus, he won the required popular vote to win enough electoral votes to win the election. Exactly.
And who says we are not even supposed to inquire after the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden? I must have missed that edict. But let me go on record now as saying I think he is D. E. A. D. Dead.
Democracy may not crumble? Oh, how desolate... despondent... despairing we would be were it not for Jill Nelson to give us some meager measure of hope.
Is there hope? Really? Really?
For crying out loud. A general election is scheduled for this November. All of the seats of the House of Representatives, and a third of the Senate, are up for grabs. So are numerous offices at the state and local level. That general election will continue to be scheduled until it happens, and then it will have happened. Another general election is scheduled for November 2004. Again, all of the House seats, and a third of the Senate, will be up for grabs and so will the White House. And numerous offices at the state and local level, again. That election, too, will continue to be scheduled until it happens, and then it will have happened.
There will be quite a few elections, of many different sorts, in the meantime
and for long afterwards. And that is the lifeblood of democracy in the
Jill Nelsons views havent changed much ossified now, it seems, they will probably never change since the following was published last fall. I think this just goes to show us that she is not really worried about what she says she is worried about. Her real interest is finding any excuse whatever to bash the United States of America, any time, any where, any way:
Welcome to the Terrordome? No thanks, Jill. I have already gotten much further into your head than I ever want to be again.
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