Whenever you tell a conservative that the best way to stop terrorism is to stop giving people reasons to hate you, they come back with: “They hate our lifestyle, and they’re not going to stop until America as we know it no longer exists. You’re suggesting that we give up our way of life just because thugs and criminals from underdeveloped, backward societies hate us.”
The thing is, “lifestyle” and “way of life” are euphemisms for wealth and political-economic colonialism. And this is what conservatives mean. “They hate our wealth and the power that we have over them, and they’re not going to stop until America as we know it no longer exists. You’re suggesting that we give up our wealth and the power that we have over them just because they hate us, being from less developed, less powerful societies.”
Well, yes. America as we know it (i.e. standards of living imbalances that juxtapose starvation with private amusement parks) must end. The United States must either reform or be destroyed. This is not wishful thinking or prophecy, simple calculation. So long as you oppress others and consume in excess at the expense of others’ survival, they will seek to destroy you. And when you are in the severe minority (and we are), at some point they will.
More to the point, there is no reason that Sean Hannity should be welcome to his “lifestyle.” Everything he has should be taken from him and given to the poor, and he should be made to work in the fields, a pauper, for the rest of his life, at gunpoint.