It was wholly predictable. When the shooter of Democratic Congressman Gabrielle Giffords turned out to be a white male — one Jared Lee Loughner — it was a given that the blame gamers would use the tragedy to tarnish the right. And, sure enough, the onus is, in fact, being placed on talk radio and Tea Parties, on Sarah Palin and Second Amendment proponents, on conservatives upholding constitutionalism.
“Government officials” announced on Sunday that Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano, would visit Israel this week “to assess passenger vetting and other counter-terrorism measures at its Ben-Gurion Airport.” The implication, of course, was that Big Sis and her crew of perverts would cadge tips from the Israelis since “security at Ben-Gurion, Israel's main international airport, is considered to be among the most effective in world aviation.” Alas, Arabs and Gentiles — and even some Israelis -— tend to choose different adjectives when describing said security: “intrusive,” “inept,” “shocking.”
Is America still a free country? We like to think so, even with ObamaCare. Yes, we can get into a car and drive wherever we want. We can go to the mall and buy whatever we want. We can read whatever we want, and we can say whatever we want.
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson's quietly chilling article, "Two Californias," in National Review Online, ought to be read by every American who is concerned about where this country is headed. California is leading the way, but what is happening in California is happening elsewhere — and is a slow poison that is being largely ignored.