“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

Wal-Mart: The Last Line of Defense

A great illustration of this governments bass-ackwards approach to national security

I love Wal-Mart. I love it because they have a great variety of products at low prices, and the people who work there are friendly and helpful. I also love Wal-Mart for some of the same reasons liberals loathe it so much: it’s an American success story, and it doesn’t allow unions to be forced on its workers. These are the reasons why I shop at Wal-Mart on a regular basis.

But as John Whitehead pointed out in his recent column, Wal-Mart is partnering with Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to play Big Brother-like PSAs to urge people to spy on one another.  I think Wal-Mart could have used better judgement than to allow this in their stores.

As a former law enforcement official and someone who is still very concerned about terrorism, I understand the need for citizens to be alert to what is going on around them and to report dangerous or criminal activity to the authorities.

But the whole tone of this DHS initiative strikes me wrong, especially when you consider all the asinine and offensive tactics displayed by the Obama Administration in the last two years: incompetence when terrorists could have been stopped by government vigilance,  treating average American travelers like criminal suspects, having a terrorism advisor who thinks jihad is a legitimate facet of Islam, our own president’s connection with foreign terrorists, our own president’s connection with a domestic anti-American terrorist, the Obama Administration’s dismantling of the terrorist threat alert system, the relegation of the war on terrorism to an “Overseas Contingency Operation,” a president who finds it difficult not to bash his own country, a president who bows to foreign kings, a president who cavorts with anti-American Marxist despots, having a science advisor who loathes American ideals and industry, a president who wants to close a terrorist POW camp and let the terrorists go, the alienation of the one democracy in the Middle East–the one targeted by every nation and terrorist organization in the Middle East, a government that sues a state for the “right” to ignore its job of securing our borders, a government that sees patriotic and pro-life Americans as a greater threat to itself than Islamic terrorists.

So when you consider all this, is it any wonder that I see this DHS/Wal-Mart initiative as a big joke at best, and as an offensive display of heavy-handed anti-citizen government at worst?

In case you’re wondering, that’s why I found this parody video funny.  No offense intended to the good people at Wal-Mart, but every offense intended to my government, my government who considers me and average patriotic Americans like me a threat.


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