March 11, 2002

The six-month anniversary of the attack on America will likely be remembered as much by the bungling, whining, litigious greed and disparity of terrorism victim compensation than the unspeakable horror and meaning of what actually happened on September 11th.

It doesn't seem to matter that hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable contributions from generous Americans and tens of billions of taxpayer dollars from government cannot satisfy victim losses, simply because they're considered political, heroic or celebrity as opposed to victims of prior terrorism, or soldiers losing their lives in Afghanistan.

What is most disturbing about all this is the fact that our society has become victimized by epidemics of unreasonable blame-games and fingerpointing, the selfish interests of liberal litigation and government nannyism, which, in the end, exacts social aggression and economic chaos on our population.

Nevertheless, if this what America is, victimization adjustments are long overdue. For example, class-action lawsuits should be filed against radical feminists and feminist organizations, the public education establishment, corporate advertisers and the entertainment industry for demonizing, demeaning, defaming, and disenfranchising at least 100 million men and boys.

Another suit should be filed on behalf of 50 million beleaguered smokers against anti-smoking organizations, opportunistic political zealots, and state governments for punishing taxation, casting out and holding smokers up to public hatred and humiliation.

And, of course, a suit should be filed against government and corporate energy interests and all the radical environmentalists who contributed heavily to the attack on America by failing to reduce and eliminate our dependence on Middle East oil.

Daniel B. Jeffs, founder
The Direct Democracy Center