Disasters Much Bigger than San Bernardino: What Candidates Need to Talk About
Every morning we send our kids off to school and we head to work, or daily errands for stay at home moms. Americans trust that they will be safe and their kids are well protected in the schools, because our President believes and has reassured us that our enemies are contained. This all changed on December 2, 2015, when two terrorists, one of whom was born in the United States, killed 14 and injured 21 people in San Bernardino, California at an office Christmas party.
After this attack I worry more about my family’s safety and wonder how or if the government can prevent another one. We hear on the news that ISIS is planning on infiltrating the Syrian refugees coming to the United States and our President still wants to allow thousands of them to come to our country. We know that there are loopholes in the Visa system for foreigners entering the U.S – there is no way the government can properly vet people coming over and we know that the terrorist Tashfeen Malik lied on her Visa application. How do we know if people coming to our country want freedom and our way of life or if they want to kill us? There is no way of knowing what is really in their hearts. This terrifies me and that is what those evil jehadies want. We can not let them win.
Dr. Jane Orient, explains what the Presidential candidates should talk about in the wake of San Bernardino in the following guest article. Some candidates including Trump and Cruz support the right of Americans to own effective tools of self-defense. But none are talking about the long-standing official government stance of keeping Americans as vulnerable hostages to nuclear weapons.
Healthy Moms Magazine
Disasters Much Bigger than San Bernardino: What Candidates Need to Talk about
By: Jane M. Orient, M.D.
After every shooting episode the response is the same formula: constant media coverage, much of it fact-free, and calls for thoughts, prayers—and still more gun control. It’s time to take a broader perspective than a focus on the dozens of individual tragedies.
Today, Americans are targets. Not just individual Americans, but also the United States of America. They are targeted by deranged individuals, by fanatical ideologues, by drug cartels, by terrorist organizations, and by foreign powers, some of whom have intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple independently targeted nuclear warheads aimed at American cities.
Our thoughts need to turn to what is really going on, and our prayers need to include “God save the United States of America.”
We have pervasive surveillance of our financial transactions, our telephone and electronic communications, our medical records, and our movements. The government has enormous powers of search and seizure, many unthinkable to drafters of our Fourth Amendment, and these are used against Americans engaged in normal business that threatens no one. We already have lots of gun control laws.
So how were terrorists in San Bernardino able to accumulate bomb-making material, an arsenal of weapons both legal and illegal, and body armor, without spurring any action by the authorities?
Terrorists have also engaged in operations that don’t yet have any poster children but that are far more dangerous than shooting up a Christmas party, such as disabling a key electrical substation. This shows the capacity for coordinated, sophisticate operations that could cripple the electricity grid for a long time.
Candidates such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz call for controlling illegal immigration—surely necessary, but insufficient. The San Bernardino terrorists were here legally.
Here are the real issues that we need to discuss:
Americans are mostly helpless victims. The government that is supposed to protect us, though awesomely powerful, appears to be incompetent, corrupt, or—dare we suggest it?—on the other side. Americans are divided by a culture of grievances. America is dangerously weak. Foreign policy is recklessly provocative.
Some candidates including Trump and Cruz support the right of Americans to own effective tools of self-defense. But none are talking about the long-standing official government stance of keeping Americans as vulnerable hostages to nuclear weapons. Rudimentary civil defense was dismantled long ago; Americans don’t even know to drop and cover if they see a bright flash. Nuclear terrorism—the belief that the negligible dose of radiation that alarms the haz-mat teams’ monitors spells doom. The civil defense instruments appropriate to a war environment were discarded and not replaced.
It was a long time before the FBI was permitted to use the word “terrorism,” though everyone knew was involved in San Bernardino. We are crippled by political correctness—thank you, Mr. Trump, for saying so. The President won’t even name the enemy. We surely need to vet refugees—but even more so the State Department, the Department of Justice, and law enforcement agencies, for believers in jihad; connections with foreign governments; or bribe-takers from the drug trade, organized crime, crony capitalists, or non-governmental organizations including radical environmentalists.
Americans are being indoctrinated from grade school in the culture of collective guilt instead of individual responsibility. They are supposed to be either entitled victims or guilt-ridden “oppressors.” Thank you, Dr. Carson, for addressing this racial divisiveness. Endless revenge and “reparations” for the sins of great-great-great-grandfathers means endless war, both here and in the Middle East.
When Trump calls for “making America great again,” it’s an admission that America is no longer great. Our military, our industry, our currency are being destroyed by taxation, regulation, litigation, reckless spending—and abandonment of the virtues, morality, and faith of our Founders.
And what is our foreign policy, really? Thank you, Dr. Paul, for asking questions about creating grievances. Who is pointing out that the U.S. and Russia are fighting a war in Syria, on opposite sides, and that a Russian warplane was downed by a NATO member, possibly with a U.S.-made weapon? Exactly why does “Assad have to go,” and who are we to decide? Was our government running guns to ISIS from Benghazi, Mrs. Clinton?
It is terrible that Americans can get shot at a Christmas party, but much worse will happen if we don’t confront the problems beginning at the top.
Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989. She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Since 1988, she has been chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Society. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fourth editions of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. She authored books for schoolchildren, and Professor Klugimkopf’s Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle Professor Klugimkopf’s Old-Fashioned English Grammar books, Neomorts and Moonshine, More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and nonhazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.