Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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Standing tall amid adversity


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Where are we as a nation heading?

Although crazed, but not insane, people have exacted a serious toll on the psyche of our collective conscience, terrorists are not a new phenomenon in the United States. We have had presidents assassinated by anarchists and other ideologues who have had political agendas.

In September of 1920 a wagon loaded with explosives detonated at Wall and Broad streets in Manhattan, killing 39 people and injuring hundreds of innocent people; obviously a message of the anti-capitalist and anarchists of the day.

The pattern continued but subsided during World War II and the ensuing years until we entered the Vietnam era. That time saw the birth of the Students for a Democratic Society and their guerrilla arm the Weathermen.

The Weatherman were responsible for bombings, under the tutelage of William Ayers, of such places as the New York City Police Headquarters, the Pentagon and universities that had government-sponsored research programs. Too bad more of the bomb makers didn’t wind up like a few killed while making some more explosives in Greenwich Village.

The aforesaid were making political statements using “terrorism” as their vehicle. The 1970s and 80s also saw much agitation and terror from the PLA and the BLA. The Vietnam protest era saw a sea change in the way a good many American citizens looked at this noble experiment called a federal republic guided by a magnificent document, “The Constitution of the United States.”

We have seen the anti-capitalists demonstrate and riot in countries in Europe because they want more from their countries than they are willing to get by honest work. The influence of these people has gained many converts over the years, and we have seen the Occupy Wall Street crowd do their thing during and after the political conventions.

A new page was added in 2001 when Islamic radicals attacked the twin towers in Manhattan, killing thousands. This new threat, combined with the homegrown terrorist, has added a new dimension of watching out for the cowards of both brands of terrorist.

We do not yet know if the cowards were domestic or inspired by foreign radicals. However, it will not be long before we discover the truth regardless from which end of the terror spectrum. The cowards who perpetrated this murderous act have not the courage of their convictions to openly debate their philosophy in the free marketplace of ideas.

That is perhaps the main reason why they will not prevail in trying to destroy this nation. When an ideology has to be nurtured by mayhem and carnage, it is a losing cause in the eyes of decent people.

What is important is that this kind of evil must be denounced for what it is … false and corrupt.

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