Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero sagely observed, “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.
“An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
“For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
“He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
“A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Current events related to the Iranian Islamist regime, the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, are yet another reminder that the best hope enemies of America have is the election of Democrats, the chief enablers of treason from within.
By their own admission, in recent years, the Iranian state has initiated more than 6,000 attacks against America and our allies.
Iranian Islamist terrorists are directly responsible for the deaths of more than 600 Americans in Iraq alone, as well as tens of thousands of other souls, including many fellow Muslims, across the globe.
Add to that total the countless thousands of others maimed, injured, driven from their homes and otherwise terrorized as a direct result of the Iranian leadership’s faithful execution and adherence to the tenets of Islam, and it becomes impossible to justify any rational defense of the current Iranian terrorist regime.
Yet numerous Democrats and other Leftists are falling all over each other in their rabid haste to do just that.
While the mullahs running/ruining Iran have been at war with America since 1979, Leftists within America have been waging a war within our borders for far longer.
Whether it be communists in the former Soviet Union and current-day China, Islamists around the globe, socialists in Venezuela and throughout Europe, or other freedom-hating Leftists in their myriad manifestations, it is no coincidence American Leftists are just as quick to defend America’s enemies as they are to condemn and attack any and all who support our constitutionally protected, God-given freedoms.
Even as Islamists chant “Death to America” and “Allahu Akbar” (Allah [the pagan Arabian moon god] is the greatest), Democrat politicians and their Leftist fellow travelers in corrupt institutions, like the major misleadia media and academia, are rushing to extol those who publicly wish Americans harm while concurrently excoriating those defending the freedoms they so cavalierly trample underfoot.
Apparently, Democrats have never met a despotic tyrant that they do not prefer over we “deplorable” God-fearing, America-loving residents of “fly-over country.”
Decent people were rightfully appalled by the killing of Iranian terrorist kingpin Qassem Soleimani — the now former leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, Iran’s primary facilitator of global Islamist terrorist atrocities and ruthless oppressor of Iranian citizens — who had the blood of tens of thousands of innocents upon his hands, including many Americans.
None should mourn his demise, yet Democrat responses to Soleimani’s death include actor George Lopez offering to assassinate President Donald Trump for $40 million (versus the $80 million offered by the Iranian regime), Congresswoman Ilhan Omar suggesting Iran target Trump hotels worldwide and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blaming Trump for Iran attacking Americans with the weapons Obama gave them the money to buy.
As Senator Ted Cruz noted, the weapons Iran is using to target Americans and our allies were, “in a very real sense” paid for by the billions of dollars the Obama administration sent to Tehran in 2016.
Not only did President Barack Obama personally ensure the release of $150 billion to the terrorist Iranian regime, but also he ordered the delivery of $1.8 billion dollars in U.S. taxpayer cash directly to Iran.
Adding insult to injury, Obama completely ignored the $55 billion in court-ordered payments to the victims of Iranian terrorism.
Emboldened by Obama’s sweetheart nuclear deal enabling Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and the infusion of cash, Iran went on a spending spree, sponsoring Islamist terrorism across the globe.
Again, Obama literally provided the funds the Iranians have used to purchase and develop weapons they have directly used to kill and maim Americans.
He also chose to strengthen Iranian terrorists instead of compensating their American victims. Think about that. Talk about literal treason.
Far from being ashamed of “giving aid and comfort to the enemy,” Democrats publicly tout their guilt as badges of honor and the major misleadia media spin the wrong-is-right/down-is-up lies in their favor.
Would that Democrats’ support of enemies of America resulted in little more than Leftist propaganda coups, but Democrats emboldening of our enemies continues to yield very real destruction and bloodshed.
As demonstrated with the recent Soleimani-orchestrated murder by the Iranian government of thousands of Iranians whose only crime was yearning for freedom — and as is the case with almost all of the despotic regimes the Democrats seem to admire so much — the Persian people are the biggest victims of their tyrannical Islamist overlords.
Prior to President Jimmy Carter handing Iran over to the mullahs, the Iranian people were largely pro-Western.
Though often violently suppressed by Islamist thugs, not the least of which is the Soliemani’s Quds Force, the majority of current Iranians find common cause and admiration for the values upheld by patriotic Americans like Trump.
In fact, following the 9/11 Islamist terrorists attacks, pro-America vigils were held across Iran.
Having lived under the reality of Islamist tyranny for the past 40 years, the vast majority of Iranians not only oppose the mullahs, but also they are leaving Islam in droves.
It was recently reported that, despite severe persecution, Iran is now home to the fastest growing community of followers of Christ in the world.
Tragically, instead of taking the side of those standing against evil in their own countries, Democrats in these United States look more and more like America’s enemies abroad.
Consider the speed with which Democrats are planning to implement their gun-grabbing, baby-killing, freedom-stomping priorities in Virginia as they presume to assume total control of the state government there.
Of course, Democrats’ destructive handiwork has been on display for decades in Democrat-controlled bastions across the country.
Ironically, even as millions of Leftists abandon these cesspools in favor of the greener pastures created by conservative policies, many of them seek to inflict upon their new communities the values that made their prior collective abodes worth fleeing.
Even with their dominant control of education, the major media, government and Leftist migration, however, Democrats fear their failed policies will not prevail without the implementation of a government-sanctioned invasion by an amalgamation of millions of additional America-hating criminals, Islamists, free-loaders and other Leftists who wish us harm.
While the Democrats may attempt to mask their treason and unbridled hatred of all and everyone that is good or holy in the guise of opposition to Trump — often referred to as Trump Derangement Syndrome — ultimately, those on the Left are driven by their rebellion against God Almighty and the biblical principles upon which America was founded and has been blessed.
Those of us who love God are thankful for His manifold blessings and strive to follow our Savior Jesus the Christ, are just getting in their way.
If the blessings of the Great American Experiment are to continue, it is imperative that America’s enemies not be allowed to prevail.
Ideally, our enemies will be converted to the cause of freedom and righteousness. Should they choose otherwise, they must either be utterly defeated or we must take away their will to fight for evil.
Those who wish to Make America Great Again must take a stand against all enemies, foreign and domestic, wherever they may be found.
Though by no means comfortable or safe, standing in the way of evil and on the side of good is, ultimately, the best place to be.
ARTHUR SMITH of Paris is a member of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party. His email address is email@example.com.