Clinton’s squandered eight years of touchy-feely policies, which decimated U.S. defense capabilities, projected the image of a nation of soccer moms, with emotion as their watchword.
This Left-wing concept of a fictitious constituency, comprised of thoughtless suburbanites, has been perpetuated for far too long, with far too many serious consequences.
The notion that this group even existed in the first place, and that, therefore, its agenda should have been deemed preeminent is ridiculous at best and tragic at worst.
Today we are paying the price for having so acted throughout the wilderness of the Clinton/Gore years, which held that feelings are superior to ideas, that standards are only guidelines, that wrong isn’t really wrong if you think its right, that appearing to address a problem is more important than actually getting results and that intentions are more meaningful than responsibility.
Such a misguided approach must be stopped and a new realism must be encouraged. Situational ethics must yield to the eternal truths of right and wrong. And, a wise sense of maturity must replace the adolescent impulses of immediate gratification and self-indulgence.
For the bottom line is that an intelligent, cogent, and realistic foreign policy cannot be based on ephemeral ideas of doing that which makes us
None of which means, however, that the United States should not take care to assist those of our world neighbors whose plight cries out for help. But first - and always - must be the goal of providing for the safety and security of our people and our borders.
When we allow ourselves to stray so far from a path centered on these righteous aims, we find our selves, inevitably, where we are today.
With weakened defenses, with a drifting – if existent - foreign policy based on what fictitious soccer moms may feel, with plain wrong-headed thinking, we are up to our necks in problems on the world stage.
So instead of a strong military, well-trained and with clear objectives, we have begun a new administration with anything but.
And the twin poisons of administering a nation solely to effect favorable poll ratings and thwarting the law in numerous respects to do so, have set the stage for the current stalemate with Red China that has left the fate of twenty-four of our countrymen uncertain.
Leadership and responsibility demand that we shirk the false cloak of the mythical soccer mom in favor of doing that which is best for G.I. Joe.
Duty, honor and country must, and should, win out over emotions, feelings and lies.
The choice is that stark and we best get back on track, for our own good as a nation, first in our approach to defense and later to our attitude toward the myriad other challenges we face.
Read Dan's previous column:
• April 12, 5:00 p.m. – WHRW radio in Binghampton, N.Y.
Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.
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