“Islam was never the religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting.” Abu Bahr Al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader
Indeed Islam has never been the religion of peace. History and ongoing worldwide Islamist terror attest to that. The above quote from a recent ISIS online video is just the latest testimony to a truth understood by all but the most deluded of western progressives. We recall that for war it only takes one to tango, peace requires at least two. Today Islam survives as the only religion whose adherents regularly commit mass murders of people embracing other faiths, and even versions of Islam that are not acceptable to their various sects.
That we in the west still deny the demonstrably bloody nature of a self-declared bloody religion is testimony that ours may no longer be a strong and vibrant culture ready to defend itself against a faith that numbers some of the most sincere, devout, and self-sacrificing followers on earth today. Nowhere is ignorance of this existential threat to civilization displayed more than at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech by liberal Democrat, media pundit, and national correspondent Kirsten Powers represents a long overdue watershed. For years RR has cited the total asymmetry of how those of the Left and Right interpret the First Amendment. The Left continues to prosecute and expand its attacks on Americans who seek to freely voice their beliefs and strongly held convictions. A flood of examples are available at every level of public discourse from Krugman’s recent attack on Alan Greenspan (‘A Liberal Speech Cop Targets Alan Greenspan’) to the chorus of our local leftists (see 'TechTest2015 Survivors' Breakfast' comment stream) ever seeking to silence voices they consider disagreeable or expository.
The collectivists’ cacophony on silencing free speech has become so loud that some prominent liberals are getting worried. Democratic strategist Donna Brazile stated on national TV, “We have to be very careful that we are not practicing a new McCarthyism.” But McCarthy never dreamt of having the levels of speech control that are now routinely practiced by the Left; controls that range from our schools and colleges, through government bureaucracies, to our mass media outlets.
For a snoot full of very disturbing specifics, I urge RR readers to peruse this excerpt from Kirsten Powers’ new book.
[update] On the matter of equivalence in the proscription of free speech. The awaited comment below came from a sincere mid-roader who took up the gauntlet for the Left which has always maintained that its efforts to roll back the First Amendment are no different from and matched by those of the Right. I suppose that it is an indelible part of the mid-roaders' litmus test to always seek balance in their ascribed sins of the Left and Right.
However, there is not a shred of evidence for maintaining the argument for such equivalency. Anyone from the Right who stands to limit the Left's speech is immediately dunned by his colleagues, and, if unrepentant, is publicly drummed out of the conservative corps. The facts of the matter are that more sensible Democrats (leftists) see the asymmetry to be so blatant today that they are beginning admonish the more rabid colleagues to back off from their Orwellian quest.
[20may15 update] Demilitarization of nation’s police - don’t believe it. Obama's recent order to not sell tracked vehicles, grenade launchers, and 50 cal BMG rifles to local constabularies makes no never mind to the military gear that they already have and can still obtain. As long covered in these pages, military equipments that will remain in local police inventories include armored combat vehicles (e.g. MRAPs), automatic weapons, night vision gear, ... . The main point here is that the feds still want the police to have overwhelming tactical capability to quickly quash any uppity uprising by a more lightly armed public. In the interval full military style SWAT assaults (many erroneous) on private residences continue to increase unabated. A careful look will reveal that Leviathan has shed neither a tooth or claw. (more here and here)