That's what it boils down to when both houses of Congress defeat the John Doe amendment, along party lines. Michelle Malkin covered it Thursday (yes, I'm a little late on this one, but it's important), including the Senate roll on the vote.
Malkin quotes Audrey Hudson from the Washington Times:
Congressional Democrats today failed to include a provision in homeland security legislation that would protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leaders.
“This is a slap in the face of good citizens who do their patriotic duty and come forward, and it caves in to radical Islamists,” said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
And she quotes Brian Preston at Hot Air:
[The Dems] scuttled this amendment in committee in a way that makes them difficult to track down individually. That’s sneaky but it’s how Washington often works. Rep. Bennie Thompson is the most likely culprit, but it’s unlikely that he’s flying solo here.
Senate Republicans, not being able to get this essential piece of legislation in the homeland security bill, where it belongs, tried adding the John Doe Amendment to the education bill, but because the bill and amendment are about different governmental arenas, the amendment needed 60 votes to be included in the education bill, which is expected to pass. The amendment only got 57 votes.
Why would the Democrats so blatantly side with the terrorists?
It's baffling to me. It's inexplicable. Unless the Democrats have become so infused with one concept that they can see no other: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. And the only enemy the Democrats can see is President Bush.
That's the only thing that is even in the realm of making sense, even though it's unthinkable. But if that's the case, the Congressional Democrats have made themselves the enemy of the American people.