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Dealing With Secessionists (english)
14 Mar 2003
Modified: 03:56:37 PM
Antiwar groups in San Francisco planning to create civil disorder on the day war breaks out; a Wisconsin university campus declaring its intention to obstruct the Patriot Act’s civil defense measures; professors at Stanford and other universities canceling classes to facilitate attempts to shut down campuses in protest against the war; teachers leading high school students out of the classroom and onto the demonstration lines;
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Antiwar groups in San Francisco planning to create civil disorder on the day war breaks out; a Wisconsin university campus declaring its intention to obstruct the Patriot Act’s civil defense measures; professors at Stanford and other universities canceling classes to facilitate attempts to shut down campuses in protest against the war; teachers leading high school students out of the classroom and onto the demonstration lines;
the New York City council (and many other municipal governments) declaring their opposition to the foreign policy of the United States --- all these are in one way or another acts of secession. They are derelictions of institutional responsibility and the rejection of obligations to the community at large. They amount to secessionist challenges to the institutions in question, including the nation itself.

What should the federal response be? At present it seems to be one of averting the eyes. The federal government pretends not to notice that civic entities whose citizens depend on it for protection, and whose operations it helps to underwrite have abandoned it and declared their opposition in time of war. The same can be said of schools whose professors and teachers have broken their contracts in order to obstruct America’s national defense efforts. And the same can be said for those who are planning to sabotage homeland security when American troops enter Iraq.

This is a morally intolerable situation, and dangerous as well. The time has come for Americans to take seriously the internal threat to their country and therefore to take steps compatible with American liberty to counter this threat. Breaking the law is not free speech and defying national policies that democratic majorities have put in place is not dissent. Both are attempts to undermine the existing democratic order. They are subversive and seditious, and they should be punished.

Teachers who abandon their classrooms must be disciplined and – if the behavior persists – fired. Universities that refuse to cooperate with the national defense should be deprived of all federal subsidies, including tax exemptions. Demonstrators who break the law should be jailed and fined. The sentences and fines should be set by the gravity of their actions and the level of the security alert at the time. An Orange Alert should double the penalties for obstruction which are imposed under a Yellow Alert; and so forth. Let the punishment fit the crime.

Above all, Americans need to take the war at home seriously. Otherwise we will risk losing the wars both at home and abroad.

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David Horowitz is the author of numerous books including an autobiography, Radical Son, which has been described as “the first great autobiography of his generation,” and which chronicles his odyssey from radical activism to the current positions he holds. Among his other books are The Politics of Bad Faith and The Art of Political War. The Art of Political War was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as “the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield.” Horowitz’s latest book, Uncivil Wars, was published in January this year, and chronicles his crusade against intolerance and racial McCarthyism on college campuses last spring.
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You Win the WWHD Prize! (english)
14 Mar 2003
Yes Dave, you win the "What Would Hiter Do" prize! But remember, David, no jackbooted thug has ever stomped upon the liberty of the individual for very long. In the end the oppressed rise up and parade the fascist swine down the streets for public humiliation. You get my drift?
Dear David Warowitz (english)
14 Mar 2003
Please enlist. You won't be missed.
Actually... (english)
14 Mar 2003
It sounds like the secessionists know their heritage well:

--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government...
-The Declaration of Independence