COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 22, 2016 — The Sunday morning news programs continue to push political correctness so blatant as to cause genuine concern for the nation’s safety.
When Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security advisor to President George W. Bush, discussed the Orlando shooting, she first laid out the facts as we know them. After recalling the shooter’s actual words to 911 operators affirming his Islamic affiliation and motivation, Townsend ended with this conclusion:
“So, it’s not clear what the shooter’s motives were.”
Donald Trump responded to the Florida terrorism by observing that it may be time for the kind of profiling Israel engages in to counter terrorist acts.
President Obama’s surrogates redacted references to Islam in the transcripts of Omar Mateen’s 911 remarks during the attack, and they substituted the word “God” for Mateen’s “Allah.” This was a clear attempt to reframe, if not, downplay entirely, the Florida killings.
Both Obama and Hillary Clinton repeat often that profiling is not what this country is about. “That’s not who we are.” They then accuse Republicans like Trump of racist fear-mongering.
This political correctness compounds the danger of Islamist attacks in Europe and America. From Townsend’s failure to take the shooter at his own word to the administration’s immediate jump to its war on guns; from media hand-wringing to the administration putting the cuffs on its own FBI, the silver cord that binds violent acts to radical Islam is erased from view.
The pattern of violence is made to seem random.
This raises the question, who is protecting the American people from Islamist terrorism?
Not the president. He sees terrorism as an opening to take more guns. He is apparently unmoved by the hundreds of black-on-black shootings in Chicago.
Not Hillary Clinton, who left Americans to die on her watch in Libya.
Not the media, which instead interview more experts, psychiatrists, and other apologists for Islam’s growing legacy of violence around the world.
The consummate outsider, Trump, brusque and plain-spoken, is one of the very few in politics brave enough or possessed of enough common sense to speak out. He called for a moratorium on immigration from countries currently engaged in Islamic terrorism.
To this suggestion, our protectors in the Department of Justice and the White House cried “racism!” Let’s point out in passing that religion is not a race. Yet Clinton and Obama moralize, “That’s just not who we are in America.”
Well then, who are we? Are Americans so tolerant of evil that we will refuse to name it, much less fight it? Is the American left so invested in the notion, “Democrats, good; Republicans, bad,” that they’ll go to any lengths to prove their politically correct bona fides?
The Obama Administration and its supporters seem more worried about their political adversaries here in America than about finding answers to any threats from Islamic extremists. They remain in the familiar ruts of gun control, LGBT rights, and open borders.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., in his post-Orlando newsletter, epitomizes the liberals’ response: “Dear Friends, On Sunday, June 12, a mad man’s fury and hate was directed at the LGBT community, resulting in the murder of 49 people and injuring many more. … This was a homophobic attack … yet another tragedy from gun violence. … Why haven’t we learned? When will this stop? At what point do we say enough is enough and act?”
Citing the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon last October, he concludes, “At every turn, I work to treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is.”
Like the president and Attorney General Lynch, Blumenauer makes no connection between Islam and the string of related shootings here and in Europe. Like the president, he sees the Florida event as yet another in a long line of gun-driven, lone-shooter tragedies.
Besides Trump’s overt and intentionally non-politically correct language regarding illegal immigration and Islamic terrorism, many others share his concern and are calling out the administration’s obfuscations and myopia.
Do they see it? Do they even want to see it?
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser is a first generation Muslim whose parents fled Syria’s Baath regime in the mid-1960’s for American freedom. He is leading the fight to shake the hold that the Muslim Brotherhood and their network of American Islamist organizations and mosques seek to exert on organized Islam in America.
Unfortunately, this reformist Muslim’s invitation to recent White House seminars on countering Islamic terrorism in America must have gotten lost in the mail. Jasser, an American through and through, has plenty to add to the debate.
He is an American medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Arizona. He is a former lieutenant commander in the United States Navy.
In the wake of the attacks of 9/11, Jasser and a group of American Muslims in 2004, founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy as “an organization that systematically looked into and engaged political Islam in all of its manifestations as the problem in order to reform our faith and stop terrorism, which was only a symptom.”
Jasser has said that Islamists believe that the “Islamic state and its shar’iah law is superior to our constitutional republic.” He urges the U.S. to engage a “coordinated existential strategy” to combat ideology, noting that this is dangerously lacking, with the result that the number of home-grown terrorists is increasing.
James Woolsey, former head of the CIA, describes Jasser as “the kind of man our government should listen to.”
This administration prefers to keep to its own scenarios, scrubbing terrorist allusions from FBI transcripts fighting to establish more gun-free zones.
Gun-toting in night clubs like Pulse is on its face problematic, but what if one, just one, patron had made it through the front door with his conceal/carry in hand? Might his one small bullet have saved the rest?
We will never know. Instead we will have Congressman Blumenauer and his fellow leftists pursuing their recipe for appeasement in the name of political correctness.