At press time, there are sixteen days left until the midterm elections. In the hotly contested race for the Senate, Republicans and Democrats are running neck and neck. One day, the top polling models show Republicans poised to change the shape of America’s legislative branch. The next, it appears as though the Dems will squeak out a victory.
It is now that Republicans need to make the case for a safer America. With control of the White House and the House of Representatives, the Democrats have led this country down a number of roads we would have been better off avoiding. Chief among their failures has been their lack of attention to the most pressing issues of national security. The federal government has taken for itself a great deal of power and authority in the last 100 years, much of which the Founding Fathers would have been sickened to see. Their one inarguable domain, however, is in the protection of the country. And it is in that domain that the Democrats have failed the hardest.
Republicans are only now, in the last weeks of the election season, beginning to raise the tough issues about Obama’s approach to foreign threats. Is it too late? We’ll see, but there’s no question that it’s the one area where they can claim the higher ground. Under Obama’s leadership, we have been practicing a kind of global appeasement. We’ve loosened our resolve in the war on terror, and in doing so we have sewn the seeds of our own destruction.
A Lost Iraq
More than 4,000 American soldiers have laid their lives down in pursuit of a democratic Iraq. The mistakes of George W. Bush have been well documented, but the mistakes of the Obama administration are only beginning to come into focus. In the two years since Obama pulled our troops from that dusty hellhole, ISIS has undone much of our progress. Even to that threat, the president has been slow to respond. What has his party been doing in the meantime? Nothing. President Obama said this election would be a referendum on his policies, and that it will be.
The major threat to national security, say Democrats, is not ISIS. Not Ebola. Not the madman in Moscow. Not illegal immigrants. Not a nuclear Iran. Not even the treacherous dictator of North Korea. No. To Democrats at both the political and societal levels, the greatest threat to America is climate change. That’s why we see Homeland Security taking on preparation duties, ensuring that American cities are ready for the global warming disasters to come. That’s why we see John Kerry on a whirlwind tour of the world, promoting carbon reductions as his primary platform. It’s why we see Defense Secretary Hagel announcing a “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap” instead of putting his focus on Islamic fundamentalists who would love nothing more than to outdo 9/11.
In the weeks after 9/11, Americans made a vow to “never forget” what happened in New York, Washington D.C., and the skies over Pennsylvania that terrifying day. But we have forgotten. We’ve put our heads back in the sand, now more concerned with a few offended Muslims than with national security.
We took an 8-year semi-hiatus from fighting foreign threats in the 90s, only to see it literally blow up in our faces. When Americans head to the polls on November 4th, I hope they remember that. I hope they remember that one of the only constitutional duties of the federal government is to protect the country from threats, and I hope they put the very real vision of marauding, murderous Islamists ahead of the sketchy, imaginary visions of melting ice and super hurricanes.