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Provide for the Common Defense

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Posted: March 7, 2008 12:30 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
"We the People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect onion, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty, to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

As most everyone knows, these immortal words are the preamble to our Constitution. They summarize the reasons why we need the most powerful document ever written. The reasons are as true and real today as when they were penned by James Madison in 1787.

Unfortunately, the current Democratic House leadership in Washington appears to have hit the cosmic delete key and simply removed the words "provide for the common defense."

Comrade Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the current speaker of the house, refused to allow a vote on a renewal of FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, because she decided it was more important to give everyone in the House a 12-day holiday.

FISA is a remarkably simple but powerful weapon in our war on terror.

Essentially, all cell phone and e-mail traffic either travels through the United States or is accessible by U.S. companies. FISA allows our government to ask these companies to help trace and identify potential terrorists without the fear of legal action in the form of class-action lawsuits brought by the likes of the ACLU. Since terrorists love to use cell phones and e-mail, FISA takes the fight directly to them. Countless terrorist plots have probably been identified and thwarted by this excellent legislation.

So what is the big deal? In a remarkable show of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate passed the renewal of the bill 68-29 on Feb. 13. Sen. John D. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said, "This is the right way to go, in terms of the security of the nation" (Washington Post, Feb. 13, 2008). However, on Feb. 16, the legislation was allowed to expire without consideration by the House.

Our own Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, told a recent local gathering that Ms. Pelosi had to attend her daughter's wedding that weekend.

She also conveniently brought a number of the House Democratic leadership as well, making it impossible to take action.

What a cowardly thing to do. Using her daughter's wedding to cover up her incompetence and anti-American behavior. The House had weeks to act before the deadline but refused to do so. Queen Nancy is hoping that America will "understand" about the wedding and excuse the lapse. We don't. Send the kid to Vegas and get your rear back to the Capitol, Lady! Its almost as bad as Roger Clemens throwing his own wife under the bus by claiming it was her steroids he was referring to.

And speaking of Clemens, why did the House take so much time with the hearings on steroid use in baseball and totally ignore the national security issue of FISA? Is a game more important than the potential murder of many Americans? Comrade Nancy and her Friends of Fidel movement in the House appear to believe so. The ultimate irony is that the legislation would have passed easily. Twenty-one House Democrats had pledged to support FISA if it came to a vote. Once again, Democracy and the Will of the People appear to be in conflict with Pelosi's agenda for America.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., commented that "History never takes a vacation. Neither do terrorists" (Feb. 25). Terrorists work continuously and tirelessly to defeat the Great Satan (us). By conceding the use of primary forms of communication, we allow them to organize, plan and execute far more effectively.

The audacity of Pelosi's act was even noted by the Clinton News Network: "The leadership instead decided to pursue different matters and recess for a week without even taking up another effort" (Feb. 14). This is remarkable - the massively left-leaning CNN also recognized the gross irresponsibility of the Speaker's actions.

In her defense, the House Dems accused the Republicans of "fear mongering." When a credible threat exists, and noble patriots from both sides of the aisle respond to it, and that is called "fear mongering," so be it. I've got a better idea. Let's call it "common sense."

In fact, it makes a nice rhyme. "Common sense for the common defense." Let's share that message with our elected officials so that we can protect ourselves and our children (posterity) from those who would take our liberty.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita Valley resident. His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.

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