As Americans, we are being asked to make many sacrifices. And where it doesn’t involve changing what makes America . . . well, America, our birthright to freedom, we are more than willing, we’re anxious no we’re inspired to make those sacrifices, come what may. There are some things that to me matter more than my own life: the life of my wife, my children, our freedom itself.
John Stuart Mill once said, “War is an ugly thing, but it is not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free . . .” So I have not one shred of doubt that the people of America will always make the sacrifices and give what Abraham Lincoln called their “last full measure of devotion” for freedom.
But if we are going to make sacrifices, and some that supreme sacrifice, I think our elected representatives have a responsibility, a very solemn duty, to be good and accountable servants of our cause. Slipping out of the news after these horrible terrorist attacks has been Congressman Gary Condit. You remember: the guy who couldn’t find the truth if it bit him, even when a young woman’s life was in the balance.
Well, I would gladly leave him in obscurity, but he’s back he’s just been named to the Subcommittee on Homeland Security. For my money, I only want trustworthy people on that committee. I’m Citizen Jacob saying Congressman Condit has got to go.