Budding Red-State Fascist
by Laurence M. Vance: Theological
is, by her own admission, a one-of-a-kind, politics-obsessed teenager,
a teenage political maverick, a common-sense conservative, and a
supporter of Sarah Palin. But she is also a budding red-state fascist.
at Faith Hope & Politics.
Her upcoming book, The Makings of a Political Maverick, is
"a key into the intriguing mind of a teenage, Conservative."
It is "a reflection of a young life that is so engulfed in
I hate to pick
on a sixteen-year-old girl. She is clearly far superior in intelligence
than most of the kids her age that I had the misfortune of "teaching"
when I taught high school. I would never have noticed her website
had not a reader of my recent Veteranís
Day article directed me to her "tribute to American Soldiers,
past and present, in honor of Veteranís Day on 11/11/11" called
You Soldiers, Past and Present," as well as an earlier
post of hers called "Dear
didnít have a chance. In introducing her Veteranís Day tribute she
says: "Thank you to all of those who have served. I would like
to especially thank, my Momís Parents, my Dadís Dad, my Dad, and
my Uncle Jerry for their service." No wonder she is a budding
In the middle
of her "Dear American Soldiers" post, Madeleine quotes
this poem from the site Military-Money-Matters.com:
It is the
Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the
Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the
Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the
Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the
Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the
Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the
Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
This is too
much for even the editor of Military-Money-Matters.com,
who comments at the beginning of his explanation of the poemís authorship:
blogs and comments across the internet debating the content of
the poem, some picking it apart by attempting to apply the words
literally. Sadly, those who do so will never understand the true
meaning of the poem Ė that without our military members willing
to defend them, those freedoms we cherish would quickly disappear.
technically soldiers do not "give" us those freedoms,
they do guarantee them. Those types of people just will never
"get it," at least not until itís too late, and then
theyíll wonder what happened, and why the military didnít stop
But do U.S.
soldiers even guarantee these things? Of course they donít. No U.S.
solider stationed in Germany, Japan, or South Korea is defending
or guaranteeing our freedoms. No U.S. soldier fighting in Iraq or
Afghanistan is protecting or guaranteeing our rights.
soldiers have begun fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, our freedoms
have been eviscerated. First it was the Patriot Act and the TSA.
And now the U.S. government claims the power and the right to intern
indefinitely anyone Ė including American citizens Ė anywhere in
the world, including on American soil and to kill anyone Ė including
American citizens Ė anywhere in the world, including on American
soil. Just ask José Padilla. Just ask Anwar al-Awlaki. Oh,
never mind, heís dead. He was killed, along with his sixteen-year-old
son, by Predator drone strike.
Is there anyone
in Iraq who wanted to take away our freedom of religion? Is there
anyone in Afghanistan who wanted to take away our freedom of the
press? Is there anyone in Pakistan who wanted to take away our freedom
of speech? Is there anyone in Yemen who wanted to take away our
freedom to protest? Is there anyone in Iran who wants to take away
our right to a fair trial? Is there anyone anywhere who wants to
take away our right to vote?
then CIA director and now Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, there
may be fewer than 50 al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan. Suppose they
all hated our freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom
of speech, and freedom to protest. Suppose they also hated our rights
to a fair trial and to vote. Is that worth 1,800 more dead U.S.
soldiers? Why am I, who supposedly hates all things military, the
one who is concerned about the senseless deaths of American troops?
It is the U.S.
government that we need to be more concerned about taking away our
freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom
to protest, right to a fair trial, and right to vote than the government
or the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba,
Yemen, Syria, or North Korea. James Madison was right: "If
tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise
of fighting a foreign enemy."
gets me upset at those adults who have influenced Madeleine are
her remarks about Ron Paul that she made in commenting
on the CNN Republican debate: "Ron Paul had a
decent debate. He made great points regarding health care and economic
prosperity, but when it came to Foreign Policy I couldnít disagree
more." This reminds me of a comment I saw at the end of an
article recently. Someone had posted that their ideal candiate would
have the foreign policy views of Newt Gringrich and the views of
Ron Paul on everything else. Sorry Madeleine, but militarism, imperialism,
and foreign wars are inimical to liberty on the domestic front and
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
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