“Isolationism” My Ass

This Week, Sunday, 03-05-06Another in the continuing series of “X My Ass,” articles. Looks like I’m starting my own trend. But at any rate, it is amazing to me to listen to the idiots on This Week talk about the concern Americans have about foriegn companies controlling our ports and handling 80% of the military contracts in this country and referring to it as “Isolationism.” It’s not hard to tell just exactly who is pushing the tenor of Mainstream Media these days, however trendy it is to deride the “MSM.”

By what Liliputian intellectual standard is concern about foreign investment in national security considered “Protectionism” or “Isolationism?” Such duties as gaurding ports and providing for the military are some of the very most basic tennents of the US Consitution. In fact, they are some of the only things that the government is actually charged with doing in the Consitution. George Will talks about the aggression Americans supposedly have for the world as a means to explain the controversy and also George Bush’s pathetically low approval numbers; it is funny how quickly “Strict Constructionalists” forget when corporate interests outwieght thier supposed dedication.

No, it is not isolationism that causes us to worry.? It is the fact that companies without a stake in the protection of Americans are naturally going to do a poor job at it.? Money is not enough to impart the immediacy of this responsibility.? Companies who previously outsourced jobs are finding out about the limitations of outsourcing rather rapidly, these days.? The topic of outsourcing is itself a complex issue, and I’ll be commenting in more depth on the above-linked article shortly.

For now, it is enough to say that none of us voted for the United Arab Emerates, Great Brittan or Saudi Arabia.? Regrettably, many of us voted for George Bush.? It is his responsibility to manage port security, and our right to disapprove of his actions.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.