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Sunday Thinkin': We should have had a Counter-Terrorism Agency instead of DHS

Welcome to the first of what will hopefully be a new feature on The Whig. Sunday Thinkin' will, as the title suggests, feature yours truly dwelling on whatever subject comes to mind. Sometimes long, sometimes short, these posts won't be overly formal and meant to be just ruminations on different subjects.

So, as the title suggests, this introductory post will be about how there should be an agency dedicated to fighting terrorism as opposed to a department which seems to be all over the place. Let's begin.

I've long held to the opinion that the creation of a Department of Homeland Security was a mistake. Obviously, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and everything it seemed like a good idea at the time. But to me, it was a knee-jerk reaction and a mistake. Yes, we needed an entity whose sole focus was foiling terrorist plots bringing them to justice, but I just don't think we needed a cabinet-level department.

Also? Can we all be honest and agree that "Department …

"B-b-but...COMMUNISM!" I'm sure someone said while pearl clutching

It is the year 2017 and the California state government is just now getting around to dumping the last vestiges of the Red Scare.
California may end a decades-old ban on members of the Communist Party working in its government, after the state Assembly approved a bill that would delete references to the party from its employment requirements.

The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, said that California's laws should focus on individuals' actions and evidence rather than political affiliations and what he termed "empty labels."

Speaking on the floor of the Assembly, Bonta called the legislation a "cleanup bill that removes archaic and outdated references to the Communist Party in our state laws, specifically those stating that a public employee may be dismissed from employment if he or she advocates or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party." Amazing, but not as amazing as the fact that 30 legislators voted against the bill and several …