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Monday Brief

Brief

Nov. 5, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“I proceed…to enquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of youth; and here I beg leave to remark, that the only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” –Benjamin Rush

INSIGHT

“We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen…. If the foundation is firm, the superstructure will stand.” –Calvin Coolidge

GOOD NEWS

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (Psalm 40:4)

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17)

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” (Ephesians 1:4-5)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask; yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.” –Martin Luther (1483-1546)

FAMILY

“Partly as a result of … leadership, 33,000 Japanese-Americans volunteered to fight in U.S. forces and 800 died. One result of their patriotism, however, is that the Second World War, a bitter war between the U.S. and Japan among other things, actually accelerated the process whereby Japanese-Americans became full members of the American family. If that is the aim of Muslim-American leaders, as it should be, it will be attained more quickly and certainly by unqualified expressions of loyalty and commitment to the common struggle against terrorism than by incessant demands of the American majority that they avow a tolerance they have already shown in practice.” –John O'Sullivan

CULTURE

“Terrorism is the worst threat the nation has ever faced, and at the moment, Americans are solidly united to confront it. The multicultural-therapeutic left is small but concentrated in businesses that do most of the preaching to America: the universities, the press, the mainline churches and the entertainment industry. They will have to be pushed to move away from sloppy multiculturalism and all-purpose relativism. Let the pushing begin.” –John Leo

LIBERTY

“Either we abandon the utopian globalism of open borders and ‘ally-ally-in-free’ immigration or we lose the war on terrorism and our freedoms with it. To fight a terrorist network in 60 countries, we must seal our borders and get as serious about homeland security as were the Americans of ‘42. …Yet, not only did the U.S. wrongly intern loyal Japanese-Americans in World War II, we rightly sent home all German and Italian diplomats and nationals – not because they were terrorists, but because we could not take the chance. As a result, hardly a factory was sabotaged or a citizen perished in the 48 states from enemy sabotage or assassination. During that worst war in history, Americans here at home were more secure than today. But now the enemy is inside our gates, and we must ferret him out.” –Pat Buchanan

OPINION IN BRIEF

“The media will never admit they were wrong about Mr. Bush, or that they might have focused too much on superficialities and not enough on the man’s substance. How is it possible for a 'C’ student who was a ‘party boy’ in college and through early adulthood, to transform himself overnight into someone who thinks and acts like a president should? It isn’t possible to instantaneously acquire leadership skills, like Popeye eating a can of spinach for strength. Those skills must have always been there. The question the press should be asking is how and why they missed them. Instead, they are predictably writing about the ‘new’ George W. Bush.” –Cal Thomas

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“The administration must also give thought to the psychological dimension of our defenses. It is easy to understand why the FBI issued an open-ended warning that something could happen…. If they were telling local law enforcement, they had to tell the public too (news might leak, and if something had happened without a general warning, there would have been hell to pay). But people cannot simply be plunged into a void of anxiety. The chain of command, from President Bush on down, has to say that we are at war, and under continuous threat; that there will be special warnings from time to time, specific or general, depending on the information available; and that, in the case of a general alert, everyone should be aware of suspicious packages, vehicles, and people, and report them to the local police. Meanwhile, everyone should continue with his life. This is the meaning of alertness – being aware of dangers, while not giving in to fear.” –National Review

WORTH REPEATING

“While the media was lying in bed on Sunday morning reading the New York Times and watching the TV interview programs, much of America was worshipping a higher authority and their ranks were growing. Because most in the media elite don’t worship anything higher than their careers, they missed this important and newsworthy movement. They never fully recovered from that lapse and most still are incapable of understanding religious doctrines and accurately defining religious terminology. The desire for better TV ratings leads programmers to present people from the extremes for high-octane religious debates, rather than responsible and knowledgeable guests who could enlighten the public with historical facts and informed perspective. Now comes another religious movement, with an indictment of secular culture similar to Christian conservatism, but with a far more radical and dangerous proposal for altering it. While the ‘religious right’ sought victory through the ballot box, radical Islam seeks it at the point of a gun. But the press missed this, too. Some may wish to excuse the media blindness on the grounds that most journalists do not wish to offend. That is selective absolution. While they may not wish to offend certain radical and sexual minorities, they have regularly offended conservative Christians and many Jews by wrongly attaching labels and motives that insufficiently describe what these groups believe. The media has been able to get away with this because they know such people won’t send anthrax to them in the mail or hijack airplanes that crash into their offices.” –Cal Thomas

THE GIPPER

“The American people and their elected leaders will continue to be faced with hard choices and difficult moments, for resolve is continually being tested by those who envy us our prosperity and begrudge us our freedom. America will remain great and act responsibly so long as it exercises power – wisely, and not in the bullying sense – but exercises it, nonetheless. Leadership is a great burden. We grow weary of it at times. …But if we are not to shoulder the burdens of leadership in the free world, then who will? The alternatives are neither pleasant nor acceptable.” –Ronald Reagan (1978)

GOVERNMENT

“The primary obligation of the federal government under the Constitution is to provide for the common defense. This is why the Framers empowered Congress to raise up armies and naval forces, rather than armies of welfare state bureaucrats. Yet in recent years, federal military expenditures have represented the smallest share of the national economy since before Pearl Harbor. Defense accounts for only 15 percent of federal spending. While the constitutional responsibility to defend our people and our borders from invasions and aggression has not changed, the threats to our republic are vastly different than George Washington faced. With a globe populated by so many rogue states and international terrorist organizations, our cities should not be left vulnerable to a missile attack, necessitating a comprehensive missile defense program.” –W. James Antle III

POLITICAL FUTURES

“The next attack, catastrophic beyond our imagination, is waiting to happen. If we do not have the will to go after that threat now, these sophisticated weapons will fall into the hands of al Qaeda’s comrades and successors. We will be living the 13 days of the Cuban missile crisis – our last encounter with the real possibility of genocidal attack on America – for the rest of our lives.” –Charles Krauthammer

FOR THE RECORD

Teddy Kennedy and his Leftist cadre are, once again, pushing their so-called “hate-crimes” bill offering special protection for homosexuals. If you don’t agree with the aggressive homosexual agenda being forced on American culture, watch out – you may find yourself guilty of a “thought crime” punishable as a “hate crime.” In 2000, there were 11.6 million crimes reported to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies (about 1.4 million of those were violent crimes). Of all crimes reported, there were 8,152 crimes involving some expression of discrimination against people on the basis of their innate characteristics or religious practice (5,206 and 1,568, respectively). Of these hate crimes, 35% involved some form of “intimidation” – racial epithets or profanity – 30% were property crimes, and the rest involved simple or aggravated assault.

Of the 8,152 such crimes reported, there were 1,517 “hate crimes” stating sexual orientation as the basis for the crime. Of those, possibly as many as 500 involved some sort of physical altercation. None of these victims were murdered. In the same year, according to estimates from child sex abuse experts, tens of thousands of children – boys – were assaulted, raped and abused – some of them murdered – by homosexuals. Now, who exactly should the U.S. Senate be protecting?

SELECT READER COMMENTS

“I would be willing to wager that the media members whining about the ‘slow pace of the war’ have never been in the military and been face to face with the enemy. ‘W’ ought to issue the pantywaists an M-16 and parachute them into Afghanistan. Then we will see how slow they think the war is going.”

“Concerning your report in the Federalist Edition #01-44 about the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s concern about air rifles and the possibility of recalling them because of lack of firearm safety features, I have a question. Wouldn’t there need to be other propellant ingredients besides AIR to designate BB guns as FIRE arms?

"Whose side are the Democrats on anyway??? They have completely stalled President Bush’s nominees. The enemy is laughing and I am disgusted.”
Editor’s Reply: Obviously this reader must be new to The Federalist – lest they would know with whom the Demos side….

THE LAST WORD

“After the terrorist attacks I’ve been rethinking gun possession. Long a staunch anti-gun supporter, I’m preparing to buy a handgun and get the training necessary to legally conceal it…. Teachers, business people, and yes, physicians with weapons could help curtail the excessive carnage potential of a single madman with a gun, or a box cutter for that matter. A few stories of thwarted terror attacks by armed citizens might change the mindset of the lawless who perpetrate such acts.” –Mark L. Helm, M.D., in the Wall Street Journal

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