Disclaimer: Having suffered being labeled a traitor lo these many years since 9/11 by bloviating right-wingers, I’m taking the liberty of pushing back a little this morning. Certain readers should resist a literal interpretation (I know that’s hard to do) of the following <– typical liberal crap.
Being a traitorous, slandering, evil, godless, bleeding-heart, tax-and-spend, baby-killing liberal, I am naturally thrilled with the work of WikiLeaks. This bullet point from today’s New York Times just makes my toes curl with delight:
¶ Mixed records against terrorism: Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December. Qatar’s security service was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,” the cable said.
Of course, we all knew this. No one can claim ignorance. It’s been discussed before. But there it is in the newspaper of record (from diplomatic cables) — the connection between the money we spend for gasoline and the money that funds terrorism.
It should be possible to estimate what I’m going to call the “traitor tax,” i.e. the amount of money spent per gallon of gas that goes directly to Al Qaeda and other militant groups. We would then be able to rank patriotism on an objective scale rather than relying on right-wing bloviating by pundits (e.g. Coulter, Savage, Beck) to define who is and is not a patriot.
(If you have ideas about how to do this or where to collect the data, please leave a comment with relevant links.)
It should then be a simple matter to demonstrate that, contrary to recent popular opinion, this lefty college professor, who lives .75 miles from work, is actually waaaaay more patriotic than, say, a Hummer-driving teabagger who commutes from his 5-acre “ranch” on the outskirts of Nixa to Springfield.
We should also be able to demonstrate who among our elected representatives (at all levels) is most patriotic, i.e. who is actually working for energy independence and who is in the pocket of the oil lobby?
Seriously: Thank you WikiLeaks and The New York Times.