Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Secrets of the Founders

War creates special needs for secrecy. Along with the secrecy comes espionage, spies, leaks, and 'friendlies' with an axe to grind. Every government everywhere has had to deal with infidelity, perfidy, treachery, and sometimes even treason. So it has always been, and so it shall always be.

The United States of America has not been immune to acts of disloyalty. Benedict Arnold became the most famous traitor in US history and his name is synonymous with 'traitor' in the US as is Quisling in Europe. During the Revolutionary War, General Arnold arranged to betray West Point to the Redcoats for a commission in the English Army and a large sum of money. His leaking of secrets to the British nearly cost the Continentals the war.

It did cost Major Andre his life. Andre was captured with the plans on his person when transporting them to the British General, Sir Henry Clinton in New York City. Although Andre was beloved and admired by many in the Continental Army, including Gen. Washington, the General ordered Major Andre to be hanged. When his officers begged Washington to spare the life of Andre, Washington replied, "Then bring me Arnold."

Early in the war, our nation's Founders recognized the absolute need for absolute secrecy. The Second Continental Congress felt so strongly about confidentiality they had all lawmakers sign a pledge stipulating that any Congressman caught in violation would be expelled from Congress and dealt with as an enemy.



That every member of this Congress considers himself under the ties of virtue, honour, and love of his country, not to divulge, directly or indirectly, any matter or thing agitated or debated in Congress, before the same shall have been determined, without leave of the Congress; nor any matter or thing determined in Congress, which a majority of the Congress shall order to be kept secret. And if any member shall violate this agreement, he shall be expelled [from] this Congress, and deemed an enemy to the liberties of America, and liable to be treated as such; and that every member signify his consent to this agreement by signing the same.

In 1775, WE, the people, were at war; at war for our lives, our liberty, our sacred honor, and our future happiness. Today, 231 years later, WE, the people, are at war for our very survival as individuals and as a nation. Yet, we have no Resolution of Secrecy that the Founders saw as self-evident. We have no longer even a viable punishment for sedition; indeed, sedition as a crime is seen as archaic and laughable. The practicioners of sedition are now esteemed whistleblowers honored, praised, and rewarded for their 'heroic' acts that may well destroy the nation that has provided freedom, liberty, prosperity, and a safe haven for millions of persecuted souls since that fateful "shot heard 'round the world".

We were at war then and leakers of secrets were rewarded with a hemp noose and a stout tree. Hanging was a good idea then, and it's a good idea now. The founding principles of our nation were tolerant, but not without limit. Tolerating seditionists, whistleblowers, and leakers is unacceptable when the survival of the nation is at stake. It's high time WE, the people, return to the founding principles that created America in 1775, and secured the Union in 1865 so that this nation shall not perish from the earth.

Hat tip and my thanks to Dr. J. Michael Waller at Fourth World War for his research [Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the American States (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1927), p. 18, Quoted from Secret Journals of the Acts and Proceedings of U.S. Congress, Vol. I, p. 34] and his post that hit a raw nerve.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Great Cartoon Debate

Well, I'm safely back from UCI and the Great Cartoon Debate.

About 200 Muslim protesters were outside the auditorium entertaining the attendees with chants like "REPUBLICANS STOP THE HATE, ALL YOU DO IS INSTIGATE" and signs reading "REPUBLICANS ARE THE NEW KKK." Very clever, but I don't see how that is productive and is any different from one of their own signs - "FREE SPEECH ≠ HATE SPEECH" - referencing the belief that the cartoons are hate speech so is not valid free speech.

Security was very tight and I was (for the first time in my life) frisked. I was determined to be 'weapon free' and allowed to enter. The police were very visible forming a cordon around the protesters and securing all entrances to the building. There were about 15 uniformed officers inside the auditorium and several plainclothes campus security officers guarding a mixed crowd of about 175 people. There were Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Atheists (me), conservatives, and liberals, but the Muslims and liberals were out numbered by Republicans.

The panel of four included the journalist Lee Kaplan, the Conservative black activist for the homeless Ted Hayes, an American Muslim by the name of Abed, and a black Republican who said Islam is evil (I didn't get his name.)

Kaplan was labeled an agent of Israel by an unruly Muslim man in the audience and a NAZI by another. Kaplan tried to ignore the taunts, but the Muslims were insistent. A guy got up to confront the unruly Muslims and was quickly grabbed by police and escorted out. Later the Muslim guy was removed by the cops, too, receiving a standing ovation for his ouster. Kaplan went on to say that radical Islam is an extension of Fascism and Nazism, that it's being financed by Saudi Arabia. The Muslims in the audience called out, "Liar!"

Ted Hayes was by far the most lively. When he was confronted with the "truth" about Islam and how badly Christians had treated blacks, Hayes informed the Mohammadans that it was Muslims who had captured his African ancestors, selling them to white Europeans into slavery. The Muslims cried out, "Liar, liar!" They have no knowledge of history outside of what the Qur'an and the imams tell them. At the end of the discussion, Ted said Bin Laden, HAMAS, and the others of their ilk were right in their interpretation of Islam. It is violent, advocating the deaths of all infidels or their enslavement. Again, "Liar!"

Abed the Muslim was very calm and reasonable, but didn't make much sense. Cartoons from Arab papers were displayed showing Jews grinding the bodies of babies and drinking their blood, and another showing Ariel Sharon holding the blood-dripping bodies of children. He said he thought these were possibly objectionable, but were not anti-Semitic. However, when the Mohammad cartoons were exposed he was insulted and said these were far worse than the Jew cartoons. At this point the crowd began jeering and Abed seemed genuinely surprised. Someone in the audience said, " Quiet! Let him hang himself." Abed quickly adjusted and changed his tone to be downright pleasant, the guy next door from whom one would borrow the hedge clippers. I found this to be a very Islamic thing to do. Mohammad advised to blend in when outnumbered.

The fourth panelist, a black conservative, whose name I neglected to learn, was very unabashed in his belief that ISLAM IS EVIL. Muslims, he said, were probably good and decent individuals as most people are, but ISLAM IS EVIL. Many blacks in prison are being recruited by Muslim groups, he was saying, because the young men are angry and without direction. Islam is providing direction for them and feeds on their hatred of white society and America which are to blame for their miserable lot in life. Islam is building an army from within the prisons. The Muslim audience once again yelled out, "Liar!"

I was very surprised to learn that on this hightech campus, so few people had seen the Mo Cartoons. Indeed, many were unsure as to how to even look for them on the internet. The students I asked were even unaware that hundreds of bloggers around the world had published them weeks ago. The Mo cartoons shown were the Turban Bomb, the Terrorist with the two girls, and the starry-eyed Mohammad. The full collection was published here, January 30, 2006.

The whole thing was a bit disappointing as the discussion tended to be rather unfocused and strayed from the topic frequently. It wasn't a total bust, though. The Muslim protesters were giving out freebies. I got a Qur'an out of the trip.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

UCIrvine Mohammad Cartoon Discussions Tonight

I just got this by e-mail. It's where I'll be tonight.

Dear Admirer of Ayn Rand:

We wanted to alert you about the following live event at UC Irvine tonight. Although this is not an ARI sponsored event and ARI will not be taking part, we thought you might be interested in attending.


The Unveiling of the Cartoons & a Discussion to Confront Terror
A panel discussion at U.C. Irvine, CaliforniaTuesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM

Topics of discussion will be:
A) Are some U.S. Islamic groups apologists for terror?
B) Discussing Islamic militancy on U.S. college campuses.
C) The 'Unveiling of the Cartoons' in which the controversial Danish cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammad will be displayed along with Anti-Semitic and Anti-Western cartoons which have been printed in Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations, with the panelists commenting on their perspective of each cartoon.

Location: U.C. Irvine Campus, Irvine CA.Room: PSCB 120
Date: Tuesday, February 28.
Time: 7:00 PM.
This is a free event.
All are welcome. There will be an empty chair with an open invitation for the Council on American Islamic Relations or other Islamic groups to join in the discussion. A wide range of panelists with in depth knowledge on Islamic extremism will be at this event.

For more information, go to:

Please note that ARI is not affiliated with either the United American Committee or the College Republicans.

Sincerely,The Ayn Rand Institute

The College Republicans of UC Irvine have received threats of violence from various individuals claiming Muslim ties. I hope to report on the event later.

Wish me luck.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.