PHOENIX, February 16, 2015 — First, about those high horses. Horses probably aren’t any taller now than they were during the Crusades. There may be an equine historian who would argue with that assessment, but until one steps forward, I’m sticking to it.
Now, about those Crusades: They don’t seem really relevant to today.
They were about a thousand years ago, and we can rest assured there are no veterans of the Crusades still around. Yet, there was Obama recently getting on his high horse telling us we should not be doing the same — getting on our high horse, that is.
Moral relativism is a liberal’s stock-in-trade. Since people died during the Crusades, we should not get too high and mighty in criticizing what ISIS is doing today. Except that the Crusades happened a thousand years ago, though the enemy is arguably the same.
The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is sometimes used when discussing federal programs designed to help minorities in the United States. It suggests that minorities need assistance because they can’t be expected to achieve success on their own.
When Obama harkens back to the Crusades to find some equivalent to Islamic terrorism in the 21st Century, that’s bigotry toward Muslims that is softer than a runny Jello mold. Humanity and the world have advanced and moved on over the past 1,000 years.
We came up with the printing press, the Magna Carta, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, “I have a dream,” women’s suffrage, indoor plumbing and the teleprompter, to name a few things.
Those may not seem like big deals to Obama — except for teleprompters — but they indicate that we aren’t quite the same people we were in the 11th Century. It would not be unreasonable to expect a similar arc of progress among Muslims, but Obama seems to expect something far less.
Perhaps Obama refuses to call Islamic terrorism what it actually is for fear of upsetting the delicate negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. When we hear about Obama negotiating with anybody who isn’t a Republican, we should get nervous. He doesn’t negotiate; he gives in. He would agree to let Iran become a nuclear power in exchange for the promise that they will bomb Israel before bombing us.
Obama and his minions are simply incapable of stating the obvious: Terrorism today is overwhelmingly carried out by Islamic extremists. It’s sort of like Elmer Fudd’s inability to pronounce the letter “R.” The shootings at the kosher deli in Paris were “random,” according to the White House, because, as press secretary Josh Earnest explained, the killers did not seek out their victims by name.
Using that logic, here are a few other random acts through history to consider:
The previously mentioned Crusades: It’s not like the Crusaders knew anybody they were fighting against. They didn’t take roll or anything. By the White House’s definition, that’s random.
Pearl Harbor: The Japanese bombers did not know the names of the American servicemen stationed there. They were dropping bombs there and ships full of American sailors just happened to be in the way. What a weird coincidence.
China’s Boxer Rebellion: Sure it was an anti-imperialist revolt, but the “Boxers” didn’t actually know the names of the imperialists. “Boxer” was a nickname for the real name of the group – the Militia United in Righteousness. What kind of name is that? It seems sort of random, not to mention a bit pretentious.
Besides, I think Don King was somehow involved, which makes it not just random but really “iffy.”
The 100 Years War: This went on between England and France from 1337 to 1453, which, if my math is correct, is 116 years. I guess they rounded down. But, either way that’s a long time. Somebody at some point wondered, “What’s the point?” The response that came back was, “We dunno?” A good explanation of random, it seems.
Dante’s Devine Comedy: It’s incredible that Dante Alighieri just randomly threw words together and out popped an epic poem that has resonated for the last 800 years.
Cuban prison population: In a totally random coincidence, Cuban prisons for the last 55 years have been populated exclusively by those who have disagreed with the Castros. Boy, talk about random!
The “C” I received in high school chemistry: I had no idea what I was doing. My answers on tests were purely random and so, it turned out, was my grade.
Joe Biden as vice president: It’s like Obama just pulled his name out of a hat. He couldn’t have really thought about it, could he? It had to be random.
One has to wonder if some future generations will look back on the Obama presidency and ask, “They didn’t really elect that guy, did they? Surely, he must have won some type of lottery or something. It must have been totally random.”