THE VOICE OF REASON
Lady Liberty

SHOULD LADY LIBERTY WELCOME MUSLIMS?

We Americans like to think of ourselves as a social melting pot.  A person can come here from any country in the world, we say, and be welcomed to our open society and to opportunities galore.  All it takes to be successful in this great land of ours is hard work and common morality, which translates into living honestly, not injuring others, and rendering to each his own. In return for this fresh new start, what we expect is for newcomers to assimilate to the country's habits, traditions, and mores.  This means, among other things, developing fluency in the English language, learning about and honoring the history of the nation, becoming informed about social and political issues, trying to make a constructive contribution to American society and to the body politic, and proudly holding out as a committed American citizen. The first-generation immigrant, just like any other American citizen, is to stand resolutely and solemnly, with hand over heart, when the National Anthem is played and the Pledge of Allegiance is recited.  This idyllic vision of immigration is the one entertained by the vast majority of our countrymen. 

A fact that most rank and file Americans, as well as many elite social and political commentators, don't seem to acknowledge is that the theory of the social melting pot has long since given way to institutionalized multiculturalism, or to the reality that America consists of various cultural enclaves without any standard for or requirement of assimilation. An immigrant, in other words, may now come to the country and retain his old world language and ways.  He may live  among his own and continue to comport himself as a Chinaman, a Nigerian, a Mexican, or whatever else he was when he entered the country. He's even allowed to hold citizenship, to vote, and to pursue elective office in his native land, all while professing allegiance to America. 

Multiculturalism of this stripe is an offshoot of  "cultural pluralism," a social philosophy pioneered by Horace Kallen.  Pictured at right, Kallen was a  German-Jewish immigrant, who was educated at Harvard University under the tutelage of George Santayana and William James.  He taught at the New School of Social Research in New York City for many years.  He was harshly critical of the country's melting pot ideology and of the idea that there should be a single standard to which immigrants are expected to assimilate to life on these shores. America, he viewed, as a “democracy of nationalities, cooperating voluntarily and autonomously through common institutions in the enterprise of self-realization through the perfection of men according to their kind.”  The country's social life, he argued, is analogous to a vast “symphony” of sound, as opposed to a monotonous unison.

Avant-garde intellectuals picked up the banner of Kallen's thought.  Those like John Dewey, Jane Addams, Randolph Bourne, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and Scott Fitzgerald not only carried the banner, but also vigorously sought its acceptance.  Even Wendell Willkie, who became a presidential nominee, would proclaim: “Our nation is composed of no one race, faith, or cultural heritage.” In Jamesian fashion, the desired idea would eventually give rise to the reality.

We see the multicultural ideology now reflected in its starkest colors in America’s system of education. It is considered an unpardonable sin to “impose” a cultural perspective on a student.  How dare anyone suggest that one culture is superior to another, as that supposedly smacks of arrogance.  Even Christian missionary work, with an aim of seeking converts, is regarded as an imperialistic, triumphalist endeavor. 

The multicultural philosophy is a scam.  If American life is a cultural “symphony,” who then, we may ask, is the conductor?  And what kind of order will he or she be obliged to impose upon this orchestra in order to prevent it from being a mere rag-tag band?  Order always implies a structure of organization and that in turn necessitates a standard; otherwise, there is confusion, chaos, and disorganization.  "Neutrality" toward cultures, especially their religious and moral points-of-view, is what liberals loudly proclaim.  But there is no such neutrality.  "Secularization," to be more precise, is what they intend by the term, and that concept is at grave odds with traditional American culture. Furthermore, written large upon the shadow side of the philosophy are the words "any culture but Anglo-Christian will do."

Since Lyndon Johnson’s administration commandeered into law the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, opening America’s “golden doors” to the Third World, millions of immigrants have come to our shores, without assimilating to our culture.  This has widened already existing social and cultural differences and has also created new lines of fracture in America's solidarity. Some observers see us as a bunch of quarreling tribes, at war with one another. 

Consider as an example, if you will, those who have come to this land from countries where Islam predominates. Has their presence here raised tensions or relieved them?  After examining numerous incidents of those who have killed Americans in the name of Allah (taken from TheReligionofPeace.com), ask yourself whether our federal government should perhaps consider revising and amending its immigration and naturalization policies for Muslims. 

Date

Country

City/State

Killed

Injured

Description

4/14/1972

USA

New   York, NY

1

3

Ten members of a local mosque phoned in a false alarm and then ambushed responding   officers, killing one.

1/19/1973

USA

Brooklyn,   NY

1

1

Muslim extremists robbed a sporting goods store for weapons, gunning down a police   officer who responded to the alarm.

7/1/1973

USA

Bethesda,   MD

1

0

An Israeli diplomat was gunned down in his driveway by Palestinian terrorists.

7/18/1973

USA

Washington,   DC

8

2

Nation of Islam members shot 7 members of a family to death in cold blood, including 4 children. A defendant in the case was later murdered in prison on orders from Elijah Muhammad.

10/19/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

1

Nation of Islam terrorists kidnapped a couple and nearly decapitated the man, while raping and leaving the woman for dead.

10/29/1973

USA

Berkeley,   CA

1

0

A woman was shot repeatedly in the face by Nation of Islam terrorists.

11/25/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

0

A grocer was killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.

12/11/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

0

A man was killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while using a phone booth.

12/13/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

0

A woman was shot to death on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.

12/20/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

0

Nation of Islam terrorists gunned down an 81-year-old janitor.

12/22/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

2

0

Nation of Islam terrorist killed 2 people in separate attacks on the same day.

12/24/1973

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

0

A man was kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.

1/24/1974

USA

Oakland,   CA

4

1

5 vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists left 3 people  dead and 1 paralyzed for life. 3 of the victims were women.

4/1/1974

USA

Oakland,   CA

1

1

A Nation of Islam terrorist shot at 2 Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.

4/16/1974

USA

Ingleside,   CA

1

0

A man was killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while helping a friend move.

3/9/1977

USA

Washington,   DC

1

1

Hanifi Muslims stormed 3 buildings including a B'nai B'rith to hold 134 people hostage. At least 2 innocents were shot and 1 died.

7/22/1980

USA

Bethesda,   MD

1

0

A  political dissident was shot and killed in front of his home by an Iranian agent who was an American convert to Islam.

8/31/1980

USA

Savou,   IL

2

0

An Iranian student gunned down his next-door neighbors, a husband and wife.

11/6/1989

USA

St.   Louis, MO

1

0

A  17-year-old girl was stabbed to death by her parents for bringing 'dishonor' to their family by dating an 'infidel' African-American.

1/31/1990

USA

Tuscon,   AZ

1

0

A Sunni cleric was assassinated in front of a Tuscon mosque after declaring that  2 verses of the Koran were invalid.

11/5/1990

USA

New   York City, NY

1

0

An Israeli rabbi was shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.

1/25/1993

USA

Langley,   VA

2

3

A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties gunned down 2 CIA agents outside of the   headquarters.

2/26/1993

USA

New   York, NY

6

1040

Islamic terrorists detonated a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing 6 people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers.

3/1/1994

USA

Brooklyn,   NY

1

0

A Muslim gunman targeted a van packed with Jewish boys, killing a 16-year-old.

3/23/1997

USA

New   York, NY

1

6

A Palestinian left an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and traveled to the top of the Empire State building where he shot 7 people in a Fedayeen attack.

4/3/1997

USA

Lompoc,   CA

1

0

A prison guard was stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.

3/17/2000

USA

Atlanta,   GA

1

1

A local imam and Muslim spiritual leader gunned down a deputy sheriff and injured   his partner.

9/11/2001

USA

New   York, NY

2752

251

Islamic   hijackers steer 2 planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands  when the towers collapsed. At least 200 were seriously injured.

9/11/2001

USA

Washington,   DC

184

53

Nearly 200 people were killed when Islamic hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.

9/11/2001

USA

Shanksville,   PA

40

0

40 passengers were killed after Islamic radicals hijack the plane in an attempt to steer it into the U.S. Capitol building.

3/19/2002

USA

Tuscon,   AZ

1

0

A 60-year-old man was gunned down by Muslim snipers on a golf course.

5/27/2002

USA

Denton,   TX

1

0

Muslim snipers killed a man as he worked in his yard.

7/4/2002

USA

Los   Angeles, CA

2

0

A Muslim man pulled out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and killed 2 people.

9/5/2002

USA

Clinton,   MD

1

0

A  55-year-old pizzaria owner was shot 6 times in the back by Muslims at close range.

9/21/2002

USA

Montgomery,   AL

1

1

Muslim snipers shot 2 women, killing 1.

9/23/2002

USA

Baton   Rouge, LA

1

0

A   Korean mother was shot in the back by Muslim snipers.

10/2/2002

USA

Wheaton,   MD

1

0

Muslim snipers gunned down a program analyst in a store parking lot.

10/3/2002

USA

Montgomery   County, MD

5

0

Muslim snipers killed 3 men and 2 women in separate attacks over a 15-hour period.

10/9/2002

USA

Manassas,   VA

1

1

A man was killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas 2 days after a 13-year-old is wounded by the same team.

10/11/2002

USA

Fredericksburg,   VA

1

0

Another man was killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas.

10/14/2002

USA

Arlington,   VA

1

0

A woman was killed by Muslim snipers in a Home Depot parking lot.

10/22/2002

USA

Aspen   Hill, MD

1

0

A bus driver was killed by Muslim snipers.

8/6/2003

USA

Houston,   TX

1

0

After undergoing  a 'religious revival', a Saudi college student slashed the throat  of a Jewish student with a 4" butterfly knife, nearly decapitating the   young man.

12/2/2003

USA

Chicago,   IL

1

0

A Muslim doctor deliberately allowed a Jewish patient to die from an easily treatable condition.

4/13/2004

USA

Raleigh,   NC

1

4

An angry Muslim ran down 5 strangers with a car.

4/15/2004

USA

Scottsville,   NY

1

2

In an honor killing, a Muslim father killed his wife and attacked his 2   daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been   sexually molested.

6/16/2006

USA

Baltimore,   MD

1

0

A 62-year-old Jewish moviegoer was shot to death by a Muslim gunman in an   unprovoked terror attack.

6/25/2006

USA

Denver,   CO

1

5

Saying that it was 'Allah's choice', a Muslim shot 4 of his co-workers and a   police officer.

7/28/2006

USA

Seattle,   WA

1

5

An 'angry' Muslim-American used a young girl as hostage to enter a local Jewish   center, where he shot 6 women, one of whom dies.

2/13/2007

USA

Salt   Lake City, UT

5

4

A Muslim immigrant went on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people  buying Valentine's Day cards at a gift shop and killing 5.

1/1/2008

USA

Irving,   TX

2

0

A Muslim immigrant shot his 2 daughters to death on concerns about their   'Western' lifestyle.

7/6/2008

USA

Jonesboro,   GA

1

0

A devout Muslim strangled his 25-year-old daughter in an honor killing.

2/12/2009

USA

Buffalo,   NY

1

0

The founder of a Muslim TV station beheaded his wife in the hallway for seeking a   divorce.

4/12/2009

USA

Phoenix,   AZ

2

0

A man shot his brother-in-law and another man to death after finding out that   they visited a strip club, in contradiction to Islamic values.

6/1/2009

USA

Little   Rock, AR

1

1

A Muslim shot a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.

11/2/2009

USA

Glendale,   AZ

1

1

A woman died from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car   for being too 'Westernized.' (10-20-09)

11/5/2009

USA

Ft.   Hood, TX

13

31

A Muslim psychiatrist gunned down 13 unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.

12/4/2009

USA

Binghamton,   NY

1

0

A  non-Muslim Islamic studies professor was stabbed to death by a Muslim grad  student in revenge for 'persecuted' Muslims.

4/14/2010

USA

Marquette   Park, IL

5

2

After quarrelling with his wife over Islamic dress, a Muslim convert shot his   family members to 'take them back to Allah' and out of the 'world of   sinners'.

4/30/2011

USA

Warren,   MI

1

0

A   20-year-old woman was shot in the head by her stepfather for not adhering to   Islamic practices.

2/7/2013

USA

Buena   Vista, NJ

2

0

A Muslim targeted and beheaded two Christian Coptic immigrants.

3/24/2013

USA

Ashtabula,   OH

1

0

A Muslim convert walked into a church service with a Koran and gunned down his   Christian father while praising Allah.

4/15/2013

USA

Boston,   MA

3

170

Foreign-born Muslims describing themselves as 'very religious' detonated two bombs packed   with ball bearings at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and causing  several more to lose limbs.

4/19/2013

USA

Boston,   MA

1

1

Jihadists gunned down a university police officer sitting in his car.

The above record is sadly eye-opening.  As shocking as it is on its face, it still omits terrorist attacks against Americans by Muslims in other parts of the world.  These (found at FactReal.com) should be reviewed as well.

1979

November 4, Tehran, Iran: Iranian radical students seized  the U.S. embassy, taking 66 hostages. 14 were later released. The remaining  52 were freed after 444 days on the day of President Reagan's inauguration.

1982–1991

Lebanon: 30 U.S. and other Western hostages were kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in  captivity, and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2,454 days.

1983

April 18, Beirut, Lebanon: The U.S. embassy was destroyed in  suicide car-bomb attack; 63 dead, including 17 Americans. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
 
October 23, Beirut, Lebanon: Shiite suicide bombers exploded a truck near U.S. military barracks at Beirut airport, killing  241marines. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers  in their  barracks in West Beirut.
 
December 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait: Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy and other targets, killing 5 and injuring 80.

1984

September 20, East Beirut, Lebanon: A truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military personnel.
December 3, Beirut, Lebanon: Kuwait Airways Flight 221, from Kuwait to Pakistan, was skyjacked and diverted to Tehran. 2 Americans were killed.

1985

April 12, Madrid, Spain:  There was a bombing at a restaurant frequented by U.S. soldiers, killing 18 Spaniards and injuring 82.
 
June 14, Beirut, Lebanon: TWA Flight 847 en route from  Athens to Rome was hijacked to Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists and held  for 17  days. A U.S. Navy diver was executed.
 
October 7, Mediterranean Sea: Gunmen attacked an Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro. One U.S. tourist was killed. The hijacking was linked to Libya.
 
December 18, Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria: Airports in  Rome and Vienna were bombed, killing 20 people, 5 of whom were Americans.  The bombing was linked to Libya.
 
1986
April 2, Athens, Greece: A bomb exploded aboard TWA  flight 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and  injuring  9.
 
April 5, West Berlin, Germany: Libyans bombed a disco  frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 and injuring 100s.
 
1988
December 21, Lockerbie, Scotland: N.Y.-bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into a Scottish village, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground.  Passengers included 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel. Libya  formally admitted responsibility 15 years later (August, 2003) and offered  $2.7 billion compensation to the victims' families.
 
1993
February 26, New York City: A bomb exploded in the basement garage of the World Trade Center, killing 6  and injuring at least 1,040 others. In 1995, militant Islamist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 9 others were convicted of conspiracy charges, and in  1998, Ramzi Yousef, believed to have been the mastermind, was convicted of  the bombing. Al-Qaeda involvement was suspected.
 
1995
November 13, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: A car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.
 
1996
June 25, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: A truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen  and  injuring 100s of others. 13 Saudis and a Lebanese, all alleged members  of  the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah,  were indicted on charges relating to the attack in June 2001.
 
1998
August 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam,  Tanzania: Truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2  U.S. embassies, killing  224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and  injuring about 4,500. 4 men  connected with al-Qaeda 2 of whom had  received training at al-Qaeda  camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison. A federal grand jury indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden,  who remained at  large.
 
2000
Oct. 12, Aden, Yemen: U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole was heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives  blew  up alongside it. 17 sailors were killed. The attack was linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of the al-Qaeda terrorist  network.
 
 
2002
June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: A bomb exploded outside the American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. The attack was linked to al-Qaeda.
 
2003
May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Suicide bombers killed 34,  including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda was suspected.
 
2004
May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Terrorists attacked the  offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, took foreign oil  workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead  including one American.
 
June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Terrorists kidnapped  and executed Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi  Arabia. 2 other  Americans and BBC cameraman were killed by gun attacks.
 
December 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.
 
2005
November 9, Amman, Jordan: Suicide bombers hit 3 American  hotels, the Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57.  Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
 
2006
September 13, Damascus, Syria: Four gunman were foiled in an attack on the American embassy.
 
2007
January 12, Athens, Greece:  The U.S. embassy was fired upon by an anti-tank missiles causing damage but no injuries.
 
December 11, Algeria: More than 60 people were killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonated two car bombs near Algeria's Constitutional Council and the United  Nations offices.
2008
May 26, Iraq: A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 6 U.S. soldiers and wounded 18 others in Tarmiya.
 
June 24, Iraq: A suicide bomber killed at least 20  people, including 3 U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans in Karmah, a town west of Baghdad.
 
June 12, Afghanistan: four American servicemen were  killed when a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military vehicle in Farah  Province.
 
July 13, Afghanistan: 9 U.S.soldiers and at least  15 NATO troops died when Taliban militants boldly attacked an American base in  Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan. It was the most deadly attack against U.S.  troops in 3 years.
 
Aug. 18 and 19, Afghanistan: As many as 15 suicide  bombers backed by about 30 militants attacked a U.S. military base, Camp Salerno, in Bamiyan. Fighting between U.S. troops and members of the Taliban raged overnight. No U.S. troops were killed.
 
September 16, Yemen: A car bomb and a rocket struck the  U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people,  including 4 civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants were arrested for the attack.
 
November 26, India: In a series of attacks on several  of  Mumbai's landmarks and commercial hubs that were popular with Americans and  other foreign tourists, including at least two five-star hotels, a  hospital, a train station, and a cinema, about 300 people were wounded and  nearly 190 people died, including at least 5 Americans.
 
2009
February 9, Iraq: A suicide bomber killed 4 American soldiers  and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.
 
April 10, Iraq:  A suicide attack killed 5 American  soldiers and 2 Iraqi policemen.
 
December 25: A Nigerian man on a flight from Amsterdam to  Detroit attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear. The  explosive device that failed to detonate was a mixture of powder and liquid that  did not alert security personnel in the airport. The alleged bomber, Umar Farouk  Abdulmutallab, told officials later that he was directed by the terrorist group Al Qaeda. The suspect was already on the government's watch list when he  attempted the bombing; his father, a respected Nigerian banker, had told the  U.S. government that he was worried about his son's increased extremism.
 
December 30, Iraq: A suicide bomber killed 8 Americans  civilians, 7 of them CIA agents, at a base in Afghanistan. It was the  deadliest attack on the agency since 9/11. The attacker was reportedly a double  agent from Jordan who was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda.
 
2010
October 29: Two packages were found on separate cargo planes.  Each package contained a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11-14 oz) of  plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism. The bombs were discovered as a  result of intelligence received from Saudi Arabia's security chief. The  packages, bound from Yemen to the United States, were discovered at en route stop-overs, one in England and one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
 
2012

          Sept. 11, Benghazi, Libya: The American consulate was stormed by al-Queda operatives, and 4 Americans were killed. 

This history is sobering and deeply troubling.  Although it doesn't imply that all Muslims are evil and that some cannot become honorable American citizens, it does suggest that “religion” should be a weighty factor in American immigration policy and that our country should be meticulously careful concerning the criteria according to which it grants residence or citizenship. When the émigré is a Muslim or is from a country with a Muslim culture, like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or Iraq, the greatest caution should be exercised.  

It would not, I think, be beyond the pale of reason for American immigration and naturalization policy to bar Muslims altogether from residence and citizenship.  Such a policy, draconian to civil libertarians, would  take seriously Thomas Hobbes’s insight that the survival and safety of citizens trumps every other social and political concern. It could be relaxed if and when jihadist terror subsides here and around the world.

Is excluding Muslims from the American community reasonable?  Consider this thought experiment: Assume that you look into a room and see 100 people who are approximately the same size, each covered from head to toe with a blanket.  There is no way that you can distinguish one from the other. Assume further that you are told that all are seeking residence and citizenship in your country, but that there are five serial killers among them, whereas the rest are honorable, law-abiding people.  Your job is to decide who is granted citizenship and who is not.  How should you go about it?  Attempting to evaluate each and every candidate  could very well resemble playing the lottery, or the game "Deal or No Deal." Every decision you make would run the risk of allowing a serial killer into the general population.  Would it not be plausible to conclude that all 100 should be denied residence and citizenship because of the risk factor present within the group? 

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would of course disagree with this argument.  They oppose profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion.  Their opposition is a primary reason for the nonsense of why an 85 year-old Anglo-Saxon grandmother who lives in Muleshoe, Texas receives the same scrutiny at an American airport as a 35 year-old Arab man whose official residence is Saudi Arabia. This is why enemies are able to live and to work among us, such as the Tsarnaev brothers and Dr. Nidal Hasan (who has, by the way, drawn $278,000 in  salary from the U.S. government since he killed American soldiers on a United States military installation in Killeen, Texas). This is also why there are barbarisms like “honor killings” and beheadings taking place on American soil. (We saw a man decapitated on a London street a few days ago!)

All cultures and peoples are not equally qualified for American residence and citizenship.  This unpopular, but stubborn, fact has not yet penetrated the thick facade of current American immigration policy. Those who come here should be obliged to adapt to traditional American culture.  The country should not have to change in order to accommodate them, nor should it have to provide them years of welfare assistance. Some groups of people, whose minds are still in the seventh century, should not be considered for citizenship at all.  There are indeed elements within Islam which unquestionably pose a definite, distinct, and present threat to Americans.  They are indigestible in the American body politic.  To rid ourselves of this threat may mean painting with a broader brush than usual; i.e., barring Muslims from privileges that other groups might enjoy.  Extreme situations sometimes require extreme solutions, especially in times of war. Freedom entails discrimination, especially concerning differences between friends and mortal enemies. 

Following the murders in Benghazi, Mr. Obama has declared many times the howling falsehood that al-Qaeda is on the run.  He's urging that American foreign policy now be re-defined. This new wrinkle is not surprising from one who never wanted to admit, in the first place, that we are in a  war with radical jihadists.  Like Neville Chamberlain's message of "peace in our time," Mr. Obama's is suffering drastically diminished credibility. Following him as a leader anywhere is a journey into the heart of darkness.  His claims are "whoppers," and but for the seriousness of their content would be laughable. His refusal to be held accountable for his decisions is disgraceful. 

Oh, yes, and by the way, he wants to restructure immigration policy too. His voice has become enfeebled in the debate, and for good reason. The perception has grown that, much like his destabilization of the Middle East, his hand on immigration would serve only to make a deplorable situation worse.

May 27, 2013