The Republicans and Barack Obama Are Going to Give Into the Terrorists

Jul 17, 2008 | Updated May 25, 2011

The Republicans, and most of the Democrats, are about to surrender some of our rights. Today they are set to give away the Fourth Amendment to Osama bin Laden.

Real patriots died to get us those rights. Real patriots have died throughout the years to protect those rights. Now a bunch of cowards are going to give them up because they're scared of a couple of ragtag terrorists hiding in a cave somewhere in Pakistan.

And somehow Barack Obama thought it was a good idea to go along with these surrender monkeys. He thought it was a good idea to sign a bill written by Dick Cheney right before the elections. What a terrible lack of judgment. What a sad display of weakness.

This is how Democrats lose presidential elections. They agree with every heinous thing the Republicans offer up and then wonder why they can't successfully challenge them. That's because you already agreed with them and undercut yourself and everything you claimed to stand for.

It's terrible politics to campaign from weakness. It's terrible politics to start by agreeing with the worst bills designed by the worst Republicans, and then try to distinguish yourself from them. But aside from the politics, it's a pathetic acquiescence to the wishes of Al Qaeda.

Osama bin Laden wanted us to give up our rights, he wanted us to change our form of government, he wanted us to be less free. But he couldn't do that himself. He could only set off some bombs. Only we could take away our rights. And we did. We played right into his hands.

Every time Dick Cheney says we have to give up our rights for more perceived security, he is telling you that he doesn't believe in America. He thinks our system is too weak. It's not authoritarian enough and won't be able to defeat Al Qaeda.

This system of ours defeated the Nazis, the Soviets and every other enemy it has faced. But the Bush administration argued that they can't do what Roosevelt and Truman and the rest of our presidents did without cheating and without giving away our freedoms.

The Democrats agreed. And Barack Obama agreed. This is called the politics of weakness.

Now imagine if Barack Obama had stood up and said this instead:

"Mr. President, I'm not going to let you give away our unalienable rights to Osama bin Laden because you are afraid. We are the American people and we don't surrender our rights to anybody, let alone terrorists. We are the guardians of freedom. This is the land of the free, the home of the brave. And you will not take our rights without a fight!"

That would have been the politics of strength. Instead today we will get yet another capitulation by yet another Democrat running yet another weak presidential campaign. I thought we were going to get change in this country.