Covering a topic with no end in sight, as they usually do, CNN has been highlighting negative comments about Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to America until the nature of the Muslim terrorist threat can be analyzed and addressed. The terms include “unhinged,” “offensive,” “unconstitutional,” and “reprehensible.”
The term “unhinged” more appropriately applies to Trump’s critics.
The usual talking heads are brought on to express alarm. Larry Sabato on CNN called it a “turning point” for Trump and the possible end of his campaign. Over on Fox News, supposedly a rival network, Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard called Trump a bigot. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said the Trump proposal scared her.
The American people are scared, but not of Trump. They are scared of terrorists. Trump seems to be the only political figure with anything approaching a solid proposal to keep potential killers out of the United States.
America has just witnessed two Muslim killers in San Bernardino carrying out a massacre, and all that the media can do is unite in anger against a candidate who proposes a ban on Muslim immigration until the two major political parties running Washington, D.C. can figure out what to do.
If anything, Trump’s proposal is cautious. He is giving Democrats and Republicans a chance to solve the problem before more massacres take place. This is supposed to be alarming?
Trump’s proposal can certainly be fine-tuned to make sure that Muslims with security problems or risks in their backgrounds can be kept out. But rather than accept the proposal as a serious topic for discussion, commentators on both the “right” and “left” sides of the major media are engaging in name-calling against Trump.
Demonstrating the staying power of the liberal media and their ability to cause a panic, in this case generating fear of Trump, the new House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI), was quick to declare at a news conference that while he normally stays out of the GOP’s presidential nominating process, he just had to say he was disgusted with Trump’s proposal.
Ryan and some other Republicans have proposed a temporary pause in allowing some Muslim refugees coming into the U.S., but they are balking at a complete ban. They somehow think it would be un-American, during a time of war, to keep advocates of a threatening foreign ideology, Islam, from entering the U.S.
President George W. Bush treated Islam as a “religion of peace.” There may have been a diplomatic rationale for such a statement coming shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the U.S. wanted leads from the Muslim community about terrorists in their midst, but more than 14 years later, with the Middle East in flames and American blood being spilled in the cities of Paris and San Bernardino, such terminology cannot be justified. It is a denial of reality.
The media saw for themselves the Koran in the killers’ apartment. What was that for? Since we know the killers were devout Muslims, it is logical to conclude that they read the Muslim Holy Book and understood its message. This is the conclusion our media are desperately eager to ignore. They don’t want to face facts.
Ordinary Americans can read the Koran for themselves and many have. They understand that, in contrast to the “love your enemies” message of Jesus Christ, Muhammad spread violence and terror, just as some Muslims are doing today. America is their main target.
This, then, helps explain the pathetic Republican response to Trump. They don’t want to admit he has a point because to do so means that George W. Bush had it wrong as well. To put it charitably, Bush, a Christian, had been duped. Obama, by contrast, seems to be a true believer in the power of Islam. After all, he told the U.N. that the future didn’t belong to those who slander the prophet.
Denouncing Trump has become a media and political substitute for solving the problem, which begins at the top, in the White House, with a President who is seemingly oblivious to the need to prevent mass murder on American soil because he, too, believes in Islam as a religion of peace. It is delusional.
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