Former Vice President Dick Cheney was on hand to present the Defender of the Constitution Award to Donald Rumsfeld, the “Secretary of Everything,” as Rush Limbaugh memorably dubbed him during an interview. It’s amusing to note liberal media outlets trying to make a big deal about the little band of lunatics that tried shouting insults at Cheney and Rumsfeld. All you need to know about Dick Cheney is that he gruffly instructed a heckler to “sit down and shut up”… and it worked. Cheney doesn’t just look like a good Vice President by comparison to the current occupant of the office.
Rumsfeld came up to Blogger’s Row afterward to hang out with the citizen journalists, and I noticed a curious thing about him: the closer you come to him, the bigger he gets. I’m six feet tall, and I could swear he was towering over me by the time I got within speaking distance. Whatever you think about his decisions as Secretary of Defense, there’s no denying that a great deal of history travels in his shadow. He joked about this during his acceptance speech, noting that his long life has covered “a third of the history of our entire country… What a young country we have! Or, what an old man I am!”
Yesterday, Kristi Noem said of Tea Party representatives, “We don’t know a lot about how Washington, D.C. operates, and we don’t really care.” Donald Rumsfeld does know a lot about how Washington operates, and he doesn’t really care, either. He offered his corollary to the old joke about buying a dog if you want a friend in Washington: “Buy a small dog, because it might turn on you.”
Rumsfeld is not impressed by the current Administration. “Remember when Barry Goldwater was our candidate for President,” he asked, “and we only worried about socialism outside the United States?” Later he declared that “socialism is a luxury America, and the world, cannot afford.”
He asserted that “no country has ever spent its way to prosperity, but we are trying to be the first. Under LBJ, we gasped at a $100 billion federal budget, but today that’s barely enough to pay for Obama’s teleprompters.”
Rumsfeld is an old-fashioned patriot who has little patience for the newfangled nuance of the Obama “smart diplomacy” that is working such wonders in Egypt. “A President should believe in our country always, not just when they first get elected,” he said, castigating Obama for being “intent on creating a post-American world.”
Tossing aside the thin gruel of this Administration’s confused prosecution of the War on Terror, he asked, “How do we expect to defeat an enemy we’re too timid to identify?” He tolerates no craven fantasies about America’s place among the nations: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you America is what’s wrong with the world.” He hailed the United States as “the most important invention of mankind.”
The man who served as both the youngest and oldest Secretary of Defense, under two different presidents, bears the sober wisdom that “we should have no illusions about a peace dividend, because there is no peace.” He insisted on sharing his award with “the greatest defenders of the Constitution,” the “men and women of the United States Armed Forces.”
We are currently encumbered with an Administration full of people like CIA Director Leon Panetta, who gets his information about Egypt by watching the evening news, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is a peaceful, secular organization. Our national security is in the hands of political operatives who do not take their jobs seriously. How very much we suffer from the absence of serious men like Donald Rumsfeld, Defender of the Constitution.