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Silencing The Masses

The march toward the end of the Unites States has taken another step forward this weekend with the asinine utterances of Senator Lindsey Graham, ( R ) of South Carolina. It is even more scary in that Graham is a republican, the party usually decrying the abridgement of our constitutional freedoms. Graham was on Face The Nation Sunday commenting on the burning of the Koran by Florida fundamentalist preacher Terry Jones which sparked violence across the middle east. Graham joined Senator Harry Reid in saying that congress should investigate the incident. “We’ll take a look at this of course. As to whether we need hearings or not, I don’t know,” he said.

What is there to take a look at? No crimes were committed. No laws were broken. At least no American laws. If we broke some Sharia law, who cares? This is the United States. We have our own laws that are for our citizenry. If another country does not like our laws, so be it. They do not have to live under them, just as we do not live under theirs. This is why we have our own country, so we do not have to answer to a foreign government of which we have no say. We as citizens—or should I saw “WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES” have written our laws to govern ourselves. We elect representatives from our communities to be our voice in government. In this country, we have a say in governance “IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION.”

Islamic countries’ laws are based on their religious system. Sharia law is right out of the Koran and is much more limiting than our constitution. These people can never appreciate a government working under the auspices of the separation of church and state. For these countries, state is controlled by the church. Their laws are based on religious precepts. They cannot abide our freedoms and want to destroy our system and implement theirs. These are not the extremists as we have been led to believe, rather these are the mainstream. Only the “Americanized” muslims really claim to embrace the American ideal of separation of religion from daily life and these are the minority.

They have figured out the best way to undo our system is from within. They use our own freedoms against us by claiming that they must be allowed to practice their faith openly. We let them, even when their faith demands societal control that is far removed from the constitutional freedoms we enjoy. The goal is to destroy our freedoms. One of the best ways is to subvert and abridge our constitutional rights, such as the right to free speech or our right to privacy or our right to a fair trial of our peers. Many lawmakers who support the suspension or abridgement of our rights do so by saying that it is for the greater good. We have surrendered our protection against illegal search and seizure when we travel at airports in the interest of national security. This is also the same excuse used when the government intercepts our private messages and phone calls as they look for terrorist communications.

Now Reid and Graham want to take away our right to express ourselves because some Muslims in some foreign country are offended. Is burning a book a good thing? Ordinarily I’d say no. I would become incensed if someone tried to burn a Bible. Do I offer the same idea for the Koran? No. I really do not care about the Koran. It is not the inspired word of God. But, here is the kicker: do Americans have the right to burn either of those books. Yes, they do. It is not a hate crime. It is an expression of personal ideology—one of the primary principles upon which this nation was founded. If Christians become outraged at the burning of a Bible, no one in congress raises an eyebrow (which is sad in and of itself) but let some Muslims cry foul when a preacher organizes a Koran burning and now congress wants to look into preferring charges? Ridiculous! It does not matter if there is a war on. It does not matter if all of Islam shouts out against it. It is an American freedom; one that hundreds of thousands of men and women have spilled blood and died for.

This is still the United States of America and it is still a country based on individual freedoms as outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. If other countries don’t like it, let them try to take us down the way that other countries have for more than 200 years. We won’t go without a fight. They know this which is why they have changed tactics. Don’t let them destroy us from within by attacking our base principles while we let them under the guise of tolerance. We have to fight to keep our rights.

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But Is Reid Wrong?

Racism is generally considered a bad thing. If you poll most Americans, they will tell you that they do not support racism or racist views. If you consult leading media experts they will denounce racism as cutting the very underpinnings of a society based on equality for all. While there are many who do embrace a racial bias, whether because they truly believe in any racial superiority or simply because that is the way they were raised, most people do think that everyone should have the same rights regardless of the color of the skin.

Having said that, there is a difference in the color of skin.

We are not all made up the same way. We are not all carbon copies of one another and to ignore the differences that do exist is foolhardy. We all make decisions and judgments based on any number of factors, and yes, one of those factors is color. We may not want to—we may deny that we do, but all the same, there it is. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has been raked over the coals for remarks he made during the 2008 Obama campaign. He asserted that Obama only got elected because he is a light-skinned black man who does not speak with an ethnic dialect.

His actual words were: ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Horror of horrors! How dare he say that! Not about Obama!

How about the fact that every word he spoke was the truth? Barak Obama would not have gotten elected if he looked or spoke like Flavor Flav. But it is not just a racial issue. No person would get elected if that person did not speak with articulate eloquence that indicates intelligence. Even George W, who admittedly is not the brightest bulb in the pack, did not speak like a hick redneck when running for office. If you aspire to high public office, you cannot speak with any dialect that belies ignorance, whether you’re black, white, brown, yellow or purple.

Many black (African American) people have thrown their hats in the presidential ring over the years, but none of them managed to garner their party’s nomination. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson regularly attempt to run, but fail to get very far. Obama pulled it off because he did not speak with any hint of an ethnic dialect. During the campaign, some in the black community accused him of selling out—of talking like a white man in order to get elected. This is true—and not. He didn’t talk like a “white man,” but then again, he didn’t talk like many black men. He spoke the English language the way it was meant to be spoken. He used the language properly, something that many people have forgotten how to do. That is not denigration, it is a compliment. I do not like Obama as president—he did not have enough experience for the job (a fact that is being borne out by this mess of an administration)—but I like that he is intelligent and articulate. He speaks with purpose and clarity. He does not muddle his sentences with mindless rhetoric or inane colloquialisms. He is a great public speaker.

Not a great president, but a great speaker.

If he were not as good a speaker as he is, he would not have gotten elected. It is as simple as that. That is what Harry Reid said during the campaign and that is what he is apologizing for.

Now, I am a conservative Republican so it may come as a surprise that I do not think Reid should be fired. Of course, the GOP just wants a shot at filling his vacated seat if he were fired, so that is understandable. The democrats, however, are closing ranks around Reid saying that he didn’t mean any harm by his comments, that he meant it as a compliment. Obama says he didn’t mind the remark and he accepted Reid’s apology and wanted to put the whole incident behind him.

Should he have apologized in the first place? If so, why? He spoke the truth. What is wrong with stating the obvious?

There is too much emphasis on being “politically correct” and “racially sensitive” these days. People are afraid to speak their minds for fear of offending someone. Even the movie “Avatar,” a fantasy film set in the future in a foreign planet, has been targeted as being racially insensitive. Get a grip people! If you are not white, it does not mean that everyone is out to insult you. People are too sensitive these days. We need to develop thicker skin and let things slide. It’s not all about race. Heck, we have a black (almond mocha?) president, so stop playing the race card and focus on the issues and problems facing this country.

Judge Obama by his actions and his policies. He may be a bad president, but he is a great speaker. Look past the color of his skin and if you do, you will see Harry Reid was entirely correct. Obama is a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect.’

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