“Once more into the
breach, dear friends, once more,” says Shakespeare’s King Henry. America’s
finest soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen answered the call to protect
us at home by restoring freedom to Iraq and encouraging it in Afghanistan.
The great news coming from our swift military victory in Iraq is, of course,
the capture of Saddam Hussein, a man whose name will join those of the worst
tyrants of modern times. His ignominious capture is yet another reason for
too many Arabs to continue wallowing in their victim psychology, blaming
America and Jews for their failures.
The work of taking a nation that has been held in the death grip of despotism
for more than three decades to one that establishes the basics of democracy
is not a job that will be accomplished in a few months or even a few years.
The Iraqis, an educated, energetic people are, however, capable of it.
Even the US, after winning the Revolution, went through a lengthy period,
abandoning the Articles of Confederation for the Constitution in 1788, and
then having to wait until 1791 for the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
From 1861 to 1865, our nation engaged in a Civil War to insure it would remain
unified. Democracy is a messy business, but it is the best form of self-governance
compared to everything else. Men are not angels.
Historians will, hopefully, look back at the 21st century and say that the
world moved closer to choosing democracy over communism/socialism, having
spent the 20th century in a nearly constant state of war to reach this point.
This new century is the dawn of the American Empire, one that must protect
our national sovereignty while extending the blessings of freedom, self-governance,
and prosperity to other nations. So far, however, we are witnessing the continued
movement toward socialism in the US.
In the era of globalism, we cannot afford to live in a world where millions
of people are denied the opportunity to be productive, where despots are
permitted to deny education, food, medicine, and other necessities of life
to people; where slavery continues; where AIDS continues; where hatred is
encouraged as policy. This is generally viewed as a liberal position, but
it is also a conservative one and that is why a conservative President is
leading the fight.
The enemies of freedom, however, never rest. Leading the fight against freedom
this passed year was the United Nations. It did everything in its power to
keep Saddam Hussein in power!
By the end of the year, the UN held a conference for the purpose of exerting
control over the Internet, the greatest instrument for freedom ever invented.
The UN wants to establish control over all forms of free expression in word
and speech. Fortunately, the US, Canada, and other freedom-loving nations
put the “kibosh” on this latest effort to impose the slavery of a global
government on the world.
The UN experienced another major defeat when Russia decided not to ratify
the Kyoto treaty that insanely asserted it could “control” the climate in
the name of the utterly discredited notion of “global warming.”
It was the unilateral decision of the United States and its multinational
coalition of freedom-loving nations that demonstrated the UN’s impotency
when it removed the Ba’athist regime from control of Iraq. What was the response
of the Islamist enemies of freedom? They bombed the UN headquarters in Iraq
and the UN retreated immediately. A new generation is learning the lessons
of its failed predecessor, the League of Nations.
If anyone thinks that the West and its institutions is not under attack they
should also recall the bombing of the Baghdad headquarters of the International
Red Cross. The list of terror bombings around the world is testimony that
the war between Islam and the world continues.
Here at home the assaults on the Constitution continued and, to the growing
alarm of many people, they were led by the Supreme Court which, having previously
sanctioned abortion, went on to sanction sodomy, depriving the individual
States of their right to determine their own laws. Nowhere in the Constitution
will you find any reference to either of these “rights.” The Tenth Amendment
clearly states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people.”
An assault on the free expression of religion, the cornerstone of the moral
power of the Constitution, continued as its opponents sought to remove any
symbol or statement of faith from public display or discourse. Even the sanctity
of marriage, always reserved to the bond between a man and a women, the bedrock
of all societies, was under attack by the courts. The Supreme Court continued
its assault on free speech by upholding the campaign finance law that imposes
restrictions on political advertising prior to an election and uncouples
campaign donations from the expression of free speech.
There was, however, a great victory for the voice of the people in the California
special election that removed one Governor and replaced him with one pledged
to fiscal sanity.
America, too, seems to be in the early stages of throwing off the shackles
imposed in the name of “environmentalism.” When thousands of acres and homes
in California burned, the first, tentative steps were taken by Congress to
protect our national forests against the prohibitions on proper management
that were imposed by the Greens. The effort remains to restore some rationality
to the proper use of our natural resources and the upgrade of our system
of creating and distributing electricity, and other forms of energy. A huge
blackout that plunged the East Coast into darkness was a warning sign that
dare not be ignored. That said, a bad energy bill was derailed and will possibly
be replaced with one not designed to make corn farmers ecstatic.
Even so, the Green effort, led by groups allied against property rights,
the cornerstone of capitalism, continues to put vast areas of the nation
off limits to any further development, despite the fact that less than five
percent of the entire nation’s landmass is developed, i.e., has cities, suburbs,
highways, et cetera. The fact remains that our population, now more than
280 million, is growing and will continue to grow. People need a place to
live! Denying them that right in the name of “endangered species,” deserts
declared “wetlands,” or in the name of “urban sprawl” is yet another Green
Perhaps the best news was the astonishing swift recovery from 9-11 as the
economy rebounded along with our growing determination and confidence in
our ability to protect the nation from attack and our willingness to destroy
our enemies no matter where they hide.
An era of pusillanimous cowardliness has been replaced by a new sense of
America’s mission. It is inspiring other nations to join the fight against
the enemies of liberty.
2003 was the year Americans rediscovered their courage, their faith in God,
and the reasons we are the greatest living republic on the face of the Earth.
There are battles yet to be fought to protect our freedom, but oh what a
year it was!
Alan Caruba is the author of Warning Signs, published by Merril Press. His weekly commentaries are posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center.