The terrorist attack of 2010
By Selwyn Duke
The date is November 9, 2010, and you turn on the radio to listen to the news over morning coffee. Economic times have been tough, and you're not expecting much to uplift the soul. Yet, what you hear still makes your blood run cold.
Nuclear devices have been detonated almost simultaneously in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Tens of thousands are dead or dying, and millions more are being evacuated, owing to radioactive contamination that will now make huge swaths of the cities uninhabitable.
President Obama is currently on the air addressing the nation. Everything he says sounds reassuring and mellifluous, just like it always does, just like it always has. Right now he is talking about the emergency response and government efforts to help the victims and apprehend the perpetrators. He speaks of how we must pray for our fellow Americans.
More information will be forthcoming, and we will see his calm countenance on TV and hear his resonant, composed voice again. Of that you can be sure.
But there is something he won't tell us.
There is something he will never tell us.
You see, when the government investigation is complete, they will know that many of those responsible for the carnage were illegal aliens, just like some of the 9/11 terrorists. They will also know something else.
Just like 13 of the 19 9/11 terrorists, many of these illegal aliens had driver's licenses, which lent them credibility and eased their transit throughout the land they aimed to destroy (9/11 mastermind Mohamed Atta was stopped by a traffic cop but not detained because he presented a valid driver's license).
President Obama knows all this well, but he also has a very good reason to be mum.
He supported the policy of providing driver's licenses for illegals.
He used the issue against Senator Hillary Clinton – who had wavered on the matter – in early 2008, sending a clear message that to him it was more important to capture Latino votes than terrorists. Yet he didn't abandon the policy as an election-time artifice upon taking the oath of office, and no one should have expected he would. He had always advocated the granting of illegals driver's licenses – even when he was a state senator in Illinois.
Of course, this information about the president's irresponsibility and negligence prior to the worst attack ever on American soil will be out there, somewhere. It will be found on the Internet in various places, and some minority of the population will read it, after which a minority of them will promptly forget it. Regardless, we all know what those people are, anyway. They're the nuts who talk about crazy things no sane person who reads the New York Times (whose building on 8th Avenue was, ironically, destroyed) would ever hear about.
Oh, the mainstream media will provide certain bare, disconnected facts, as they always do. They will mention that some of the attackers were illegals, and they will mention that some of the attackers had driver's licenses. They will even sometimes mention both together. But the majority of the citizenry has never been very good at connecting the dots on its own. Thus, a responsible and conscientious media must present facts in a sequential, comprehensive way; they must weave together a tapestry of truth so appealing to reason and display it in the shop window of ideas so often that it comes to furnish the American mind. As the old saying goes, "Repetition is the branding iron of knowledge"; without the still-powerful mainstream media incessantly beating a drum, the tune doesn't get stuck in too many heads.
They certainly applied this principle when they made Obama a king, nay, a messiah, and former President Bush a pariah. For the Hated One, the incessant chant was, in so many words, "Bush lied and people died," sung to the accompaniment of gratuitously negative reportage about the Iraq War. For the Chosen One, it was the melodious tune, "Change, Unity and Hope," sung at a volume that drowned out background noise about Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Antoin Rezko, the nuts with ACORN and Obama's membership in the socialist New Party. The media took a mediocre man with flash and dazzle and made him the country's "greatest" president and a mediocre president with fumbling and fizzle and made him the country's worst man.
As for the alternative media, we can't count on them to inform people about Obama's negligent, terrorism-facilitating policies, either. It's not that they lack the will; it's just that there isn't, to the extent there once was, the way. Politicians such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein had long expressed interest in resurrecting the "Fairness Doctrine," that Trojan-horse legislation containing an iron muzzle that eliminated a great arena of dissent, talk radio. And with one of their own as president, the election of many more leftists to the Houses in 2008, and mainstream media that were happy to be rid of a thorn in their side, it was a fait accompli. But we do still have NPR.
And the prospects for the future look even bleaker. When people still talked about Professor Bill Ayers a couple of years ago, they didn't realize that he wasn't just an Obama ally; he was an allegory. He represented the thousands of Gramscian fellow travelers in academia and elsewhere who were waiting in the left wings for a sympathetic president. Many of these people have now been appointed to governmental positions, and many others have the Chosen One's ear. They are the type of social engineers who authored speech codes in colleges and corporations and hate-speech laws (designed to stifle politically-incorrect dissent) in Canada, and now this import from the Great White North is in the White House . . . and beyond.
Of course, this particular muzzle still lies in the future, but it doesn't matter. Everyone is now overcome with fear and anguish, and, when the radioactive dust has settled, the media will frame this in just the left way. No one will talk about President Obama's support of driver's licenses for illegals or any other policies of his that might have imperiled us. Instead, perhaps, it will be a narrative about the legacy of the failed Bush years, that omnipresent phantom of failure. It's much like how, decades after Napoleon Bonaparte's exile to barren Saint Helena, British children were kept in line with the admonition, "Be good, or Nappy will get you." Bush's power will greatly outlive his tenure.
In the movie The Dead Zone, the main character, Johnny Smith, develops the power of precognition after an accident. He then crosses paths with a popular, charismatic presidential candidate and has visions of the man as president, destroying the world. Although the future may seem hopeless, Smith comes to understand what the "dead zone" – the things he "couldn't see" – in his visions represent. Not only can I see the future, he realized, but, he said, "I can change it."
The Terrorist Attack of 2010 is just one possible future. With the power of the vote, many kinds of change are indeed possible. Let's just hope it's not the kind of change Barack Obama – and illegal aliens – believe in.