This post should be plastered everywhere for everyone to see

russellshaw.jpgI’m staggered.

I do NOT question Russell Shaw’s patriotism one damn bit. His loyalty appears to be complete. However, I don’t know what nation, ideology, or false god he is loyal to. In any case he’s clearly an ENEMY OF AMERICA.

This must be read to be believed.

I Hope And Pray We Don’t Get Hit Again-BUT…..

Here’s a taste:

What if another terror attack just before this fall’s elections could save many thousand-times the lives lost?

I start from the premise that there is already a substantial portion of the electorate that tends to vote GOP because they feel that Bush has “kept us safe,” and that the Republicans do a better job combating terrorism.

If an attack occurred just before the elections, I have to think that at least a few of the voters who persist in this “Bush has kept us safe” thinking would realize the fallacy they have been under.

If 5% of the “he’s kept us safe” revise their thinking enough to vote Democrat, well, then, the Dems could recapture the House and the Senate

He thinks getting a Dem president who would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would prevent the overturning of Roe v. Wade would justify another major terrorist attack against America.

Other things this Dem president would do that would make another major terrorist attack against America worth it include:

  • Universal health care
  • Cleaner air standards
  • Mass transit
  • Gun control
  • Stem cell research
  • Increasing the minimum wage

Now, I’m not opposed to everything on this list. In fact, I could be convinced to support most of it, at least to some extent. But this guy seems to assume that a Democrat president and Congress would just be able to do all of this, which is a huge leap of faith.

However, before even discussing anything on the list, remind yourself that he thinks another major terrorist attack on America would be a fair price to pay for getting at Dem president and Congress.

I hope that this man is merely a deranged stupid person. Otherwise he truly is an enemy of America and Americans.

Any Democrat/Liberal/Progressives who don’t immediately and unconditionally disavow everything this man wrote in this column have just lost whatever confidence, respect, and trust I ever had for them. (Any chance HuffPo disowns him? No, I don’t think so either…)

I gotta say that it’s one of the most shameful things written by an American citizen that I’ve ever read.

Shaw has his own site. (via Instapundit, who also links to Ace of Spades and Caerdroia).

This should be extensively covered. He wants exposure? Let’s tell everyone. Everyone deserves to know that there are people like this in America. It’s difficult to discuss things like patriotism and loyalty if you pretend that the unpatriotic and disloyal do not exist.

UPDATE: Hmmm…the HuffPo link is down. Did they pull it? Or are they just swamped? In any case, I happened to copy the thing in the event that something like this happened. Not a screen capture, just a simple highlight and copy, then a paste to notepad. I will post it as is in the extended entry section below…

I do not apologize for the poor formatting. This is a simple copy and past of the text of Shaw’s HuffPo piece. It is unedited and the file save timestamp says 8:45 AM (ET). I probably loaded the page ten or fifteen minutes before that. I only note the time in case a modified version is posted later…

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08.25.2006
I Hope And Pray We Don’t Get Hit Again-BUT….. (47 comments )
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I hope and pray we don’t get hit again, like we did on September 11. Even one life lost to the violence of terrorism is too much.

If I somehow knew an attack was coming, I wouldn’t pause for a second to report it in order to prevent it from occuring.

But on the other hand, I remind myself that without the ultimate sacrifice paid by 400,000 U.S. soldiers in World War II, tyranny could well have an iron grip on the world, and even on this nation.
If the Nazis had prevailed, tens, if not hundreds of millions more would have been killed.

That realization has led my brain to launch a political calculus 180 degrees removed from my pacifist-inclined leanings. An entirely hypothetical yet realpolitik calculus that is ugly, and cold-hearted but must be posited:

This is a type of calculus that Pentagon war games planners and political consultants do all the time- a combination of what-if actions and consequences that are unpleasant to consider but are in the realm of plausibility.

What if another terror attack just before this fall’s elections could save many thousand-times the lives lost?

I start from the premise that there is already a substantial portion of the electorate that tends to vote GOP because they feel that Bush has “kept us safe,” and that the Republicans do a better job combating terrorism.

If an attack occurred just before the elections, I have to think that at least a few of the voters who persist in this “Bush has kept us safe” thinking would realize the fallacy they have been under.

If 5% of the “he’s kept us safe” revise their thinking enough to vote Democrat, well, then, the Dems could recapture the House and the Senate and be in a position to:

Block the next Supreme Court appointment, one which would surely result in the overturning of Roe and the death of hundreds if not thousands of women from abortion-prohibiting states at the hands of back-alley abortionists;

Be in a position to elevate the party’s chances for a regime change in 2008. A regime change that would:

Save hundreds of thousands of American lives by enacting universal health care;

Save untold numbers of lives by pushing for cleaner air standards that would greatly reduce heart and lung diseases;

More enthusiastically address the need for mass transit, the greater availability of which would surely cut highway deaths;

Enact meaningful gun control legislation that would reduce crime and cut fatalities by thousands a year;

Fund stem cell research that could result in cures saving millions of lives;

Boost the minimum wage, helping to cut down on poverty which helps spawn violent crime and the deaths that spring from those acts;

Be less inclined to launch foolish wars, absence of which would save thousands of soldiers’ lives- and quite likely moderate the likelihood of further terror acts.

I am not proud of myself for even considering the notion that another terror attack that costs even one American life could ever be considered anything else but evil and hurtful. And I know that when I weigh the possibility that such an attack- that might, say, kill 100- would prevent hundreds of thousands of Americans from dying who otherwise would- I am exhibiting a calculating cold heart diametrically opposed to everything I stand for as a human being. A human being, who, just so you know, is opposed to most wars and to capital punishment.

But in light of the very real potential of the next two American elections to solidify our growing American persona as a warlike, polluter-friendly nation with repressive domestic tendencies and inadequate health care for so many tens of millions, let me ask you this. Even if only from the standpoint of a purely intellectual exercise in alternative future history:

If you knew us getting hit again would launch a chain of transformative, cascading events that would enable a better nation where millions who would have died will live longer, would such a calculus have any moral validity?

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  1. I’m against everything on his list. skrip00 is right. A big successful terrorist attack would cause angry people to vote for another crazy Republican instead of a pussy Democrat.

  2. Uh…I seriously don’t know if having another terror attack would keep a Republican in office or in control if they’re solely running on ‘ooooh we keep you safe’ platform… Democrats may not have a plan but once you don’t live up to a huge image or ideal it can be kinda hard to convince people to stay with you…

  3. Criticise the ‘keeping you safe’ thing as much as you like, there may not be very many data points (i.e. absense of proof is not proof of absense), but so far it has been holding up. So it’s a bit assinine saying ‘the government is not keeping us safe’ when in fact there have not only been no attacks on American soil of late but in fact a number appear to have been foiled…

  4. Guys, you should not make fun of the poor guy. Instead, I could send him a copy of the medical prescription my 94 years old father is using, and you could also give him all sort of assistance. 🙂 He’s clearly senile.