America is the Land of the Mewling Cowards

I’ve been saying so for years. But, it seems that finally the Wall Street Journal thinks so too.

It’s a remarkable fact that a nation founded, fought for, built by, and transformed through the extraordinary courage of figures such as George Washington, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. now often seems reduced to a pitiful whimpering giant by a handful of mostly incompetent criminals, whose main weapons consist of scary-sounding Web sites and shoe- and underwear-concealed bombs that fail to detonate.

Terrorball, in short, is made possible by a loss of the sense that cowardice is among the most disgusting and shameful of vices. I shudder to think what Washington, who as commander in chief of the Continental Army intentionally exposed himself to enemy fire to rally his poorly armed and badly outnumbered troops, would think of the spectacle of millions of Americans not merely tolerating but actually demanding that their government subject them to various indignities, in the false hope that the rituals of what has been called “security theater” will reduce the already infinitesimal risks we face from terrorism. (source)

Now go out there and do absolutely nothing about it, just like you’ve been doing since September 11, 2001.

7 Responses to America is the Land of the Mewling Cowards

  1. blueollie says:

    Your attitude is scaring me. I am going to report you to….someone. :)

  2. D says:

    The comments section on that article seem to be one great big exercise in (a) proving the author’s point while (b) missing his point altogether. I really need to be strict with my rule about never going through the reader comments on a newspaper piece.

  3. Sean F. says:

    k

    I’ll do that.

  4. zmas says:

    Thank you for introducing me to an article that words so well my own objections to the “increased security measures” (ironic quotes, not quotation quotes, of course) that many are demanding to be implemented. It’s not going to do much to help, if anything, because terrorists aren’t targeting PLANES, they’re targeting people and symbols of the United States (i.e the WTC). Also, yes, the odds are already infinitesimal, but I hope you understand my meaning.

  5. EdinTally says:

    I believe you are making a common mistaking by interpreting inaction with cowardice. Certainly, there is a minority out there that is easily influenced by grandstanding politicians. However, I believe the vast majority of people are not afraid but lack a central figure to rally behind.

    If somebody of substance would stand up and give a “there is nothing to fear but fear itself” speech, this would all go away tomorrow.

    .02

  6. [...] Marco Randazza: I’ve been saying so for years. But, it seems that finally the Wall Street Journal thinks so too. It’s a remarkable fact that a nation founded, fought for, built by, and transformed through the extraordinary courage of figures such as George Washington, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. now often seems reduced to a pitiful whimpering giant by a handful of mostly incompetent criminals, whose main weapons consist of scary-sounding Web sites and shoe- and underwear-concealed bombs that fail to detonate. [...]

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