Faith Based Homeland Security
by sethco, Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 04:02:31 AM EST
While everyone was waiting with baited breath for the election returns from yesterday's Texas primaries, President Bush was busy doing the people's business. Namely, issuing an executive order establishing a Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security. To wit:
Sec. 2. Purpose of Center. The purpose of the Center shall be to coordinate agency efforts to eliminate regulatory, contracting, and other programmatic obstacles to the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in the provision of social and community services.
My first response to this was disbelief. What does Bush's "faith based initiatives" have to do with Homeland Security? There are serious problems in DHS that have come to light, most recently, following the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. But the solution, as far as I could tell, had nothing to do with faith, and everything to do with finding competent people who are more concerned with securing the homeland than the President's poll numbers.
Then it hit me. This is a "faith based initiative" just like all the previous "faith based initiatives" - it's a boondoggle. Bush's "faith based initiatives" program was, from the very beginning, a two-part program: (1) a strategic initiative to eliminate social services from the Federal government and (2) a means of ingraining Republican support into the structure of government.
As Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has shown, there is a lot of money to be made in the security business. And there has long been hard evidence that so-called "faith based initiatives" is little more than a political patronage program. For the Republicans, they're two great tastes that taste great together.
George Bush and the Republican leadership are no more interested in homeland security than they are in protecting the Constitution.
If you're concerned about homeland security, I hope you have a lot of faith. With the Republicans at the helm, it's the only thing standing between us and catastrophic disaster.