To turn such a glowing metaphor into a term of derision is truly a
remarkable feat. A fortress possesses strength, vigor and power over
mortal ills: all qualities that – with one third of the U.S. population now on welfare – even Lindsey Graham ought to agree we could use more of.
Yet it’s easy to see why Graham would rather America not become one. A
fortress is effective rather than wasteful, and stalwart rather than
crumbling to the ground. Its stones are stacked high rather than
scattered. Becoming a fortress would take us away from the Soviet
footsteps in which Graham would have us follow. The Senator’s liberal
internationalism is reflected in his language as well as his positions.