CHARLOTTE, NC, September 20, 2016 – Try to imagine yourself living somewhere in the war torn Middle East. Your city is in rubble. Burned out cars blaze away in the middle of the streets. Windows are bombed out. Shops are empty. Everywhere you walk is an obstacle course of military debris.
No one feels safe and the city is filled with masked gunmen riding on tanks and trucks. No one has smiled in centuries.
Now honestly ask yourself, “Who would want to live like that?”
Apparently those that follow a violent version of Islam do. That has been their lifestyle for 14 centuries. Nothing has changed much in that time except the weapons. The desolation is largely the same as it was in Muhammad’s time other than the contemporary machines that litter the streets and the architecture of the buildings.
Now imagine yourself running in a marathon through a historic city in the United States when a bomb goes off and kills innocent people. Or picture yourself in a gay nightclub having fun and dancing with friends when chaos erupts and dozens of Americans die.
Picture yourself enjoying a holiday gathering when two assassins enter the room and slaughter 14 people while injuring 26 others.
How about being in quiet city in Minnesota over the weekend, or in an urban center in New Jersey, or in New York City where people are enjoying the NFL games when near simultaneous attacks take place? This time, thankfully, nobody died, but the response was the same, “This is NOT terrorism and we need to find a motive.”
Once again ask yourself to truthfully answer, “Why would you want to continue to live with those types of threats looming over your head?”
Elect Hillary Clinton and you will have four more years to wonder about your answer. Clinton and Barack Obama had their chance and they blew it. And yet they continue to take the politically correct stance by denying that these attacks have anything to do with Islam.
Clinton claims she has the answers. If she does, then what is she waiting for? She was part of the Obama administration for four years. Why wasn’t anything done then?
It was under the Obama/Clinton watch that four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in another “non-terrorist attack.”
Does Donald Trump have the solution? Who knows? Trump does create controversy. He is definitely unorthodox. He is frequently brash and sometimes off-the-wall, but he has never spent a single day in the White House as president or part of a presidential administration so who honestly knows whether he might succeed?
The Clinton/Democratic Presidential Playbook is officially an anachronism. It was obsolete in 2008 only that presidential campaign turned into a battle between gender and race, and race won the race.
In the interim, the Republicans are still trying to figure out how to defeat the Democrat’s out of date strategy.
Trump, on the other hand, inexperienced and abrasive though he may be, appears to have figured out how to beat the age-old tried and true tactics of his opponents, and he is coming at them from every direction.
Should Trump win the election, you can count that the media will regard Clinton’s health as the determining factor in her defeat. Forget that Clinton was part of the Obama team for four years, that she was mired in scandal after scandal after scandal, that she created much of the foreign policy quagmire we are dealing with today, that she is incapable of telling the truth or that the list of offenses she has committed during her 30-plus years in the political arena far outweigh any accomplishments.
When it gets down to the final analysis, it will be Clinton’s health that the media will say “done her in.”
Multiple attacks took place over the weekend, once again disrupting American lives and creating havoc in otherwise peaceful communities and the best Clinton can come up with is blaming Donald Trump for creating the environment that caused the attacks.
Unfortunately, this time around the American people are no longer buying what the Clintons are selling. Not that they have a burning desire to elect Trump, but at least the Republican candidate is offering solutions, presenting ideas, and calling a bombing what it really is “a bombing” despite being attacked from the Left for honestly saying what everyone already knows.
The choices may not be what we prefer, but they should be clear. We can opt to look like those Middle Eastern travel brochures and pick which devastated city we wish to become.
Or we can begin to tell the truth so we are not forced to continue to pay the consequences.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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