Monday, May 10, 2010

When will Atlas Shrug?

I've been MIA for most of the past week, in a funk of my own creation. I'm an avid reader; since I could walk and talk, I've loved books of all genres. I was one of the nerds who delighted in literature assignments, usually the weirder the better.

Many moons ago, I read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. This was near the end of the Reagan era, when capitalism and patriotism were on the rise, and to me it was just another interesting novel - a fascinating source of grief that I tried to work into a challenging semester load. Last week, I decided to re-read it. What a source of grief again, for entirely different reasons!

I admit I had a difficult time with Rand's creepily prescient work. Many times I had to put the book down as I cried, overcome with an anxiety approaching ice-cold fear. We are headed for Rand's societal meltdown. And unbelievably, it's not that far in the future.

Turning things around is going to take a lot of work from all of us. We need to get informed -- which won't be easy if the current administration is successful in locking down the Internet -- and we need to get involved. Above all, we need to replace as many liberal politicians as possible come November. Our government is strangling production in this country. These people do not produce jobs, do not generate income, accomplish nothing effectively. And they continue to cry "You HAVE to!" as they conspire to steal from future generations under the guise of entitlement spending.

We must stop it, now.

Or Atlas WILL shrug.

Faisal Shazad: American Traitor

What a shmuck! Faisal Shazad is, in addition to being an inept terrorist,an American citizen who has committed treason against his country.

Sunday I watched the talking heads in the liberal media wring their hands wondering what we should do with the likes of Shazad. Well seems pretty clear to me quit trying theses people as regular criminals, and begin charging them as what they are, traitors!

Here is a definition of treason... "Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies...A betrayal of trust or confidence" (source: West's Encyclopedia of American Law)

Treason is also defined under American law as ..."engaging in a conspiracy to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them."(source Legal Information Institute) So there it is this guy is nothing more than a traitor, and as such, should be stripped of citizenship, as provided by law, and then tried in a court martial as an enemy combatant and executed.
Thats what should have been done to one of the first modern American traitors in the War on Terror "Johnny Bin Laden" A.K.A John Walker Lindh. There has been a lot of nonsense written about how he was on a spiritual journey. But it was a journey that led him to raise arms against American forces. In the wake of 911 this guy joined the enemy and fought against his country. He should have been tried for treason and shot.

It seems common sense is dead in this country. Could you imagine if an American had joined the third Reich, fought against Americans, been captured and then brought here to stand trial as a citizen during WW2, and only been sentenced to 20 years in prison? no I think he would have been called a traitor in that time and treated as such.

We need to get some intestinal fortitude in this country and treat these people for what they are dirty rotten traitors, dogs in the manger if you will biting the hand that feeds, and get rid of them post haste.

In my view any one who goes to Pakistan, Afghanistan, or wherever, trains with Al Kaieda,The Taliban, or any other extremist group at war with America, is a traitor. Why do the libs,the press, and our politicians have such a hard time with this? We don't need to reinvent the wheel? If we just follow precedent from other wars these folks are enemy combatants that's it plain and simple! I say shoot them at dawn!!!