America’s Terminal Case
Rev. Steve Schlissel - November 23, 2010
by Rev. Steve Schlissel
Listen, the Times today made it clear that our response to the TSA’s movement against innocent Americans at airports has the potential to do what can only be done in a country such as ours (was): peacefully change policy. Brothers, there has not been a more important issue smooshed in our faces in our adult lifetimes. Our government is claiming the RIGHT to feel up our women and daughters (not to mention our selves and sons). It alleges that this is necessary for national security. The first thing to understand-as in deeply, so it is completely absorbed: If this is our means of preserving the republic, it means THE REPUBLIC IS DEAD. It means the enemy has won, has triumphed. For here we behold an America which has fully turned us against ourselves, has turned us into something we never were, which we fought and bled vowing we’d never become, into something we stood with all our being against.
We must understand that passive submission to this draconian evil does not demand any argument of the “slippery slope” variety. If “freedom” means men being forced under threat of death or imprisonment to watch their wives and daughters leered at by “agents,” or felt-up and fondled by our protectors, than thee is nowhere our condition needs to go. No slope implications would have the slightest value to a people who have become convinced that the insanity and evil which is now policy can, under any circumstances, be justified.
If this “policy” for our “protection” doesn’t spell “U-N-A-C-C-E-P-T-A-B-L-E” to you, then you need to put your television in the garbage immediately. For that brain is not worth a dime which cannot detect that, those we permit to hurt us in the course of helping us are very few in number, have actually been highly trained (in a manner a bit more grueling than the current TSA crop, whose only challenge is in uttering a coherent sentence after taking off the Puff Bling Headphones-which “fell” out of the last traveler’s bag by accident), and these are permitted to hurt us on a case by case basis, and never without our free consent. Imagine: your doctor says, “This is going to hurt,” which moves you to change your mind and leave. Now, what if he took out a gun and said, “Leaving is not an option. I was just warning you so you wouldn’t ruin my work.” This TSA takeover of our bodies is not in any meaningful way comparable to any other transaction in which we suffer in exchange for benefit. Does anyone see a difference?
Apparently not enough of us. These clowns are trying to tell us, through Agent NY Times, that a majority of Americans are willing to go along with this invasion. I confess that such a lie reminds me of the wag’s barb, “You can never lose money underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” But I tell you, no matter how low you might rank us on the charts, I have travelled this country widely enough to say with confidence: I don’t believe it for a second. Let’s take it out of lying pollsters mouths and test it by experiment. Bring a random sampling of 100 families to an airport, then calculate the percentage who stifle any emerging objection as they stand and watch our “highly trained professional agents” feel up their women folk, and/or peer in technologically on their nude bodies. Then report the results the next day. You come up with a majority, then I’d say there’d be quite a few more willing to test the idea of whether a federative unity such as we have today is to be properly regarded as inviolable.
To have descended into this pit so rapidly and dramatically-such that too many of us have forgotten what it means to be an American-is painful on every front and looked at from any angle. Those who think it is xenophobic to filter applicants for immigration by any standard, or who object to classifying immigrant candidates into “desirable” and “undesirable,” could only object after first having decided that America stands for nothing in particular.
Yes, multiculturalism has always sacrificed our true history on the altar of make-believe correctness, but it hasn’t always been so clearly displayed how it is wisdom to stand in the truth, and wisdom to preserve that which has made America truly great. Among these things, a tolerant and adamantine Christian faith has always towered above all other components of our history insofar as they are factors contributing to our greatness. Thus for most of our history, while not requiring prospective citizens to convert, we most certainly expected them at least to abide by our Christian laws, whatever they might think of them. But for decades, and with increasing determination, we have been stuffing our nation full of people who see nothing other than dollar signs in our name. They are neither expected nor required to know, nor are they ever taught, the values of our founding fathers or the foundational Text (I mean the Bible, not the Constitution, though requiring [submissive] knowledge of that would be an okay start) from which those values were drawn. Freedom is far too expensive and precious a thing to be handled by people whose every value begins with a dollar sign, who see in us nothing except the U$A. Such a population will calculate those offenses we speak of here. It will be strictly pragmatic. It won’t be a case of, “This is un-American!” Why, since Joe McCarthy, I dare say, you haven’t been permitted to think or say of anything that it is un-American! It will instead be treated as, “If I can keep making good money here, well, then, letting uniformed strangers feel up my wife is just a cost of doing business.” What kind of nation can preserve itself, can win its wars, if not a nation whose citizens believe in its values, in its worth? People who live for money won’t be willing to die for freedom.
(I wonder-parenthetically: Is it knowledge of our self-induced amnesia concerning our founding principles, and the tissue-thin loyalty with which we’ve replaced it-predicated entirely on money, viewing the American Experiment as nothing more than a platform for profit-is it this willful exchange of premises, that makes Washington so comically desperate to have “answers” to economic woes which “work” overnight? That is, they poke and stab at solutions like those who know, if the gravy train stops on their watch, there’s nothing standing between them and revolt. Fools! The America built on transcendent values had a people more than willing to stick with her in bad times as well as good! What lessons there are for us all as we rush toward destruction! May God grant us time-and hearts-to learn them.)
And believe it or not, there was a time not long ago, when America’s answer to terrorism would have been radically different from that which we see today. We are completely lost in the mist of pretending that the world is what the elitist snobs at the Times want it to be: egalitarian, and a product of evolution. Bacillus Bullfosis! We are so expert at pretending (men and women are the same, same-sexes marry, the moon is made of green cheese) that we find it easy to believe the PURE nonsense that our national interests and security are inextricably bound up with our willingness to spit on our own integrity, to devalue the least remnant of our honor and to defile whatever lingering integrity has managed to survive the best efforts in history to pollute each and all of us. A people willing to live with this “Airport Assault on Americans” deserve it. But how painful that this watershed change in our self-understanding has come about in nearly self-conscious conformity with Hannah Arndts’s devastating insight concerning “the banality of evil.” The torrents of banality which have been unleashed in a Federal Feel-up Policy (“for our own good”), were birthed not by express national will, but merely, simply and only by bureaucratic folly. It is either supremely fitting, or a complete travesty.
But if we would just return our brains to our bodies for a moment, let us ask if Mr. Morey’s proposal has not found the moment for serious consideration. Put every Islamic nation, and the world’s entire Islamic population on notice. It should read something like this:
“Since we will not attack our own people, and since we will not compromise our freedoms (which the wickedly envious among you fatally hate), and since all our avowed enemies seeking our destruction are freedom-hating members of your sects and religion, therefore, you are put on notice: any attack on American citizens or American soil, which proves by fair investigation to have been perpetrated by Islamic combatants (in this day of post-national combat), will call forth from us this certain and sure response: On the first such attack, we will make a target of the third most holy place as reckoned by your religious leaders. We will turn all our forces and resources against it and do what it takes to remove it from God’s earth. If there is a subsequent attack, we will remove your second most holy site. And if there is a third incident, the only time you’ll see Mecca is when you make the trip without benefit of your bodies. You must understand that we did not breed this sort of terror, though we must respond to it. If you are truly, truly a people of peace then consider this notice an additional motivation to move you toward diligence in seeking it. That means the expense and inconvenience of tracking down and terminating terrorists is hereby, of this day, officially transferred to YOU. You will conduct the investigations, develop sources, seek leads, find the guilty, and punish them. We will not cower in fear and dread. We will not accost our innocent citizens in this most-blessed nation, the beneficiary of Divine favor unequalled in human history. And though we have been unfaithful to Him in many ways, we will turn to Him in repentance now, resolve to live righteously before Him, and ask Him to bless these, our true efforts toward true peace. Should it be His will to severely chastise us for our sins, even to the allowing us to be humiliated before you, at least you will know that we stand ready to accept from His gracious hand that which He knows to be just. But we do refuse with all that could be called certainty to allow you to take from us our freedoms. We refuse to allow YOU to define us. And we refuse always and forever to turn away so drastically from our founding principles as to run roughshod over the rights and liberties which our fathers, for His sake, bequeathed to us. While the outcomes of all things are in the perfect and wise hands of the Fear of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that is, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you must understand that we stand ready, to the man, to live as His instruments-and if necessary, to die. We do not, like your suicide bombing fanatics, take the initiative in violence. If we have ever done so, we here and now beg God’s mercy and resolve to do so no more. Nevertheless, you must reckon this notice as backed by the earnestness of men made free by the God we meet in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. In the cause of the liberties bestowed by this God, consider us, each and all, along with every resource in our control, willing and ready to fight for our freedom, and to see that the missions outlined in this notice will not have been uttered in vain. This is a warning more precious than oil if you are wise. Don’t let your religion go up in the smoke of a carelessly conceived plan against a nation ever poised to be a friend, but unmatched in ferocity when wickedly provoked. Be wise. The burden, dear neighbors, the burden to end terrorism is now (as we say) in your court.”
If it’s that, or being a pimp to those you’re bound to guard, which would you choose?
So, back to us. You want to stop terrorism? First, know and understand that you cannot preserve freedom by depriving your citizens of it. Second, know that, though death is not in all cases desirable, nevertheless there are worse things. Third, it is better to bring death to those who are trying to kill you than it is to cooperate with them in your own annihilation. Fourth, not all religions are equal. I say this with rather considerable knowledge of the failures and sins of the Christian Church throughout her history. The simple thing Americans must remember is, Christianity’s atrocities occurred when she was being untrue to her principles. In complete contrast, it is when Islamic believers (NOT “zealots, an attempt by the NYT Royalty to exploit terrorism, turning it into a weapon in the Royalist war against Christianity by asserting that it is any intensely believed religion which poses danger-Bacillus Bullfosis! Intensely believed Christianity results in orphanages and hospitals, in service of others even unto self-sacrifice) start to believe Islamic principles that the blood gets to flowing-not their own blood in service to a mankind made in God’s image, but the “blood of the infidels,” that is, everyone who isn’t them. Think of the forbearance demonstrated by Christians (past propriety, I judge), abiding sacrilege and dishonor of all things revealed as holy, compared with the instant death threats when Mohammed gets cartooned. If you are looking for a common threat, it is not in “any two religions intensely believed,” but rather in that intolerance demonstrated in mega-doses of hypocrisy spewed by leftists and the cannon-shot and suicide bombings of their Islamic counterparts.
The assault on our wives and daughters contributes nothing toward our safety when compared to that which we’d gain by adopting profiling as policy. THINK, THINK, THINK!!! If, as everyone knows, it is Islamics who pose the threat, why are we told that feeling up twelve years-old Swedish-American virgins and humiliating 90 year-old Italian-American grandmothers are the necessary steps to preserve our freedom? Why not rather step up the intensity of scrutiny applied to Muslims? Answer that! Right. It is because (we are told) to go against a particular group is UnAmerican. In other words, we say, “If we were to treat our enemies as if they were our enemies, that would be terrible, unfair, contrary to the very freedoms for which we fight and live. It would be, in effect, to cease to be America. It is totally unacceptable.” Where have I heard that before?
Well, what then? What shall we do? Of course! Why didn’t we ALL think of it together? Since we know, as a rule, who the enemies are who seek our destruction (and you don’t need 100% to find a valid rule, for rules admit of exceptions), we must therefore try all the harder to pretend that our enemies do not bubble up out of Islamic incubators. Nah! Where in the world did you get that idea? Oh, you say it is because that, nearly to the man-to the man and to the ultimate in degraded woman-they have without significant exception belonged to one particular group, one identifiable group? Well, all the more reason to pretend! But since we must do something, then let us attack our friends. No! Let’s go one better: let us attack and turn on ourselves! Let us treat US like our enemy! Why “sin” against one group by inconveniencing them, or mildly offending them (if innocent)? What’s that? Oh, silly. It doesn’t really matter if every combatant wanting you dead came from that group. Far better for our nation if we continue in our denial, and confirm it by literally violating all your own loyal soldiers instead. Put their wives bodies on display and tell them it’s for their own good. And don’t dare be rude to a Mohammedan! But if a loyal American objects to your hands feeling up his 15 year-old daughter, “Nail him! Who does he think he is? After all, this is for his own good,” they mutter.
Today we have become something we would have rightly abhorred had it been told us of any other people. To blithely and passively submit to a government which claims, “The only way we can protect you is by defiling you,” puts us back to Prima Nocta (which many learned of via the film, Braveheart). Do not scoff at the comparison. We all understand that there is a difference in degree. Too few of us understand that there is NO difference in kind. This is a crisis we are facing, as ultimately determinative of who we really are (or, what we really have become) as any crisis we’ve had in the last 60 years. The drama taking place at America’s airports truly is, in a multitude of meaningful ways, a terminal issue.