Remembering 9/11 & Frustration with the Republican Senate

RohnsRants_Sept11BY ROHN W. BISHOP

Every year on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we pause to remember what happened to us on that day. It was no different this year, as people felt good about themselves posting photos to Facebook and Twitter of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, while attaching a cute catch phrase like “Never forget” or “We will never forget.”

I think it’s important to point out that as a country we have forgotten, and we have forgotten by choice.

We forgot because it’s easier to forget about that day than to do what needs to be done to defeat those who attacked us. Following the attacks in 2001, President George W. Bush declared a war on terror, and said we would not differentiate between terrorists or the states that harbor them.

In that vein, Bush ordered an invasion of Afghanistan to rid that country of the Taliban and to destroy the base of operation for Al Qaida. Then we invaded Iraq to remove a state sponsor of terror and a dictator trying to obtain Weapons of Mass Destruction, weapons that he had used in the past and that international intelligence agencies thought he still had.

We set out to kill Bin Laden.

The mission’s got hard, causalities climbed to 4,000 (in WWII we suffered 407,300 casualties) and in the modern media environment, we Americans decided we wanted out, we wanted to quit.

We elected Obama to quit in Iraq, and he did. We’re giving up in Afghanistan, and we don’t even pretend to be opposed to states that sponsor terrorism. On the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Senate Democrats backed President Obama’s “Iran Deal” which will allow one of the world’s most evil regimes to have a nuclear weapon.

The same Iran that chants “Death to America!” while currently holding Americans hostage.

While we did kill Bin Laden in 2011, the rest of the Middle East is on fire. ISIS is on the march beheading Christians; they rape girls and then sell them into slavery, threaten to kill all infidels and exterminate Israel, and they kill homosexuals just for being gay.

America does nothing.

Here at home we’ve had a number of terror attacks on American soil, beginning with the Ft. Hood attack in 2009, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the attack in Chattanooga, TN.

America does nothing.

American newspapers and comedians are so terrified of Muslim extremist that no one dares make fun of the Prophet Muhammad. We have surrendered our First Amendment right; out of fear.

America does nothing.

As we remember what happened to us 14 years ago, we should NOT forget, because when you forget you’re bound to repeat history’s mistakes.

Bush warned it would be a long and difficult struggle to defeat terrorism, unfortunately we quit on the effort. I fear we have chosen to forget, and that the world is a much more dangerous place today, than it was seven years ago.

It may surprise you, I don’t blame this on Obama, I blame the American populous. We voted for it, twice!

GOP Frustration
Grass roots Republicans are so disillusioned with Republican leadership in Washington that it’s not only fueling the Trump phenomena, it may well cost Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.

Here in Wisconsin Republicans seem less enthused about volunteering time and money to help re-elect Ron Johnson, mainly due to the fact the Senate GOP is so dysfunctional. I’m betting this frustration is national, and hurting vulnerable Senators like Illinois’ Mark Kirk and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey.

Instead of voting to repeal Obama Care, for border security, defunding Planned Parenthood, stopping the Iran Nuclear Deal, or passing a budget; we get excuses about “Senate procedure” and the “filibuster’s 60 vote threshold.”

Conservatives didn’t donate their time and money to hear excuses, they want results. They want votes laying out for the electorate the differences between the two party’s entering the 2016 contest. They want to know their hard work will be rewarded instead of squandered.

Remember, there is NO chance for Republicans to win 60 seats in the 2016 election. So, ask yourself, if the GOP wins the White House, controls the senate with 56 seats, and controls the house, are we going to be told, “Sorry, we don’t have 60 votes, we can’t do anything?”

If that’s the case, then it really doesn’t matter who wins senate elections. The GOP squandered their senate majority during the Bush years, and they appear to be blowing it again.

The rank and file Republican believes it’s time to change the senate filibuster rules, or get someone else to knock on those doors and write those checks.

If the senate Republican leadership doesn’t figure out how deeply frustrated the voters are back home, then they are setting themselves up for defeat. And it’s a real shame, because there are big differences between the two parties and it’s important for conservatives to do what needs to be done to re-elect Ron Johnson.

Question is, do Ron Johnson or Mitch McConnell want the help?

Rohn W. Bishop is a monthly contributor to the Scene. Bishop, a former Waupun City Council member, and serves as Treasurer for the Republican Party of Fond du Lac County.
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