Â Two important posts in the last two days, either taken in the context of the demise of Osama bin Laden, or as statements broadlyÂ concerning the dilemma of modern Americans in their quest for both peace and the maintenance of their sovereignty and world position, have piqued our interest.Â The first is the offering by Vassar BushmillsÂ in which he examines the issue of the use of our national treasure, human mainly, in a sort ofÂ exercise by some who fancy themselves players, or worse,Â above it all, Â in the national or international arena.Â The second is the request by Haystack, who opines that we should declare victory in the Middle East and come home.Â The views are similar in many respects, and bothÂ seem to be Â motivated probably by frustration, common sense, patriotism and the teachings of history.
Â Â Â Â Many of us at Unified Patriots share in their frustrations, anxieties and wishes for more forthright and professional ways of conducting US foreign policy, protecting the country and using the national treasure wisely. What we see is that, in addition to the takeover of the media, academia and the entire socio-political culture by the left and it’s operatives in our lifetimes, there has been a concurrent entrenchment of the same forces within our foreign policy, intelligence and governing apparatus. Sometimes we stutter and stammer trying to figure out whether it is sheer incompetence or willfull negligence by these entities in issues of preserving and protecting. For us, it is maddening to learn some of the details about the intricacies of tracking down and eliminating Osama bin Laden at the same time as not being given a reasonable response to the question “Who are the Libyan rebels?” Do we not have desks at Langley and Foggy Bottom devoted solely to supplying answers to questions like this? If we do, and they know, and they are not being asked, it is dereliction on someone’s part. If we do, and they do not know, it is again dereliction, onÂ their part. If we do not or we do not know where they are located or what hours they are open for business, it is even worse dereliction, for in a government so massive and well-funded and availed of every personal and technical advantage known to man, for us to engage in the kind of adventures described by Bushmills and Haystack and not have a clue as to what we are doing, or to whom, or what for is, to our minds, a heinous indictable offense.Â Bushmills calls it murder.
Â Â Â We cannot project on the world with the broad strokes we used to.Â That is not possible in today’s world.Â Neither can we withdraw.Â The shrinking, interconnected geo-poitical-economic world necessitates a little more nuance than either of those extremes.Â But the middle ground has to be dictated by something.Â We like to call it our enlightened, national, moral and selfish interest.Â We do not think being Constitutional, or Conservative, prevents us from using best judgement and best practices at home or abroad.Â But we have to know what works and what doesn’t.Â And we have to know what is broken, and who broke it, so as to not let them have the responsibility for it again.
Â Â Â Â Most of us know the history of the intelligence service’s demise, beginning in the 70’s with the Church Committee hearings, and continuing in the 90’s with the Jamie Gorelick, et al, fiascos.Â Those things and those personalities get the publicity.Â What does not get the publicity is how these characters, and many more like them in all areas of government, are allowed to operate.Â They are allowed to operate because those we elect to represent us do not do their jobs.Â They do not do their homework; they do not study history; they put their oversight responsibilities on the back burner, or let Â ‘more experienced members’Â handle those things.Â Another area is in defense matters.Â We have intense debate among rival states and rival manufacturers over such things as the F-22 vs. the F-35- vs. the KC-130 expenditures, and the reduction in force of combat troops at a time when we are in a state of war on multiple fronts, and the issues will likely be shepherded to less than optimal conclusions behind the scenes by Marxists who have been in place for just such occasions for decadesÂ Hello?Â We believe this is inexcuseable.Â We believe every elected member of Congress has a responsibility to be as informed on foreign policy issues as on domestic issues, especially since, as conservatives, we believe the federal government spends too much of it’s time and effort on meddling in the lives of it’s citizens, and not on protecting them.
Â Â Â Â This is another reason,Â perhaps a primary reason, why we, as Unified Patriots, must elect constitutional conservatives to office at all levels – because your dogcatcher could become a US Senator someday – and why the people we elect must not only be constitutional conservatives, but Unified Patriots, like us.