It’s very difficult to fight a war against Islam when you have mobilized all of your troops to attack Republicans. And it is difficult to fight a war against Islamic terrorism when you believe that the greatest threat to the nation is Republicans.
Democrats, led by Barack Obama, have consistently displayed a marked insouciance when it comes to Islamic terrorism. They have gone into full battle mode when fighting against their true enemies, Republicans.
Fair enough, and I have consistently made the point, Donald Trump is an especially target rich environment. But, one understands that the Democratic Party and its troops in the media would have been doing pretty much the same thing against any Republican. The game is character assassination and the Democrats play it very, very well.
It seems that Republicans are overmatched in this war. Yet, reading Peggy Noonan’s fine column this morning about Clinton corruption, one is struck by the fact that the corrupt activities of the Clintons are complex and difficult to understand. It’s much easier to visualize and to understand a man who puts his hands all over an unwilling woman.
Noonan, this morning explains an especially corrupt Clintonian maneuver:
Readers of these pages know of the Uranium One deal in which a Canadian businessman got Bill Clinton to help him get control of uranium mining fields in Kazakhstan. The businessman soon gave $31 million to the Clinton Foundation, with a pledge of $100 million more. Uranium One acquired significant holdings in the U.S. A Russian company moved to buy it. The deal needed U.S. approval, including from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
While it was under consideration the Clinton Foundation received more money from Uranium One. Bill Clinton got a $500,000 speech fee. Mrs. Clinton approved the deal. The Russian company is now one of the world’s largest uranium producers. Significant amounts of U.S. uranium are, in effect, owned by Russia. This summer a WikiLeaks dump showed the State Department warning that Russia was moving to control the global supply of nuclear fuel. The deal went through anyway, and the foundation flourished.
Since Noonan is a highly skilled wordsmith, she gives you the story clearly and concisely. I will not quote too much more, because your eyes will glaze over. In fact, it’s a lot more difficult to grasp than the story about Donald Trump preying on women or about Mitt Romney torturing the family pet. And yet, the real world consequences to Clintonian corruption are far more damaging… unless your goal is to cleanse souls of sin.
The Clinton election campaign has now become an all-out war on sexism. Similarly, the Obama campaign was an all-out war on racism. We know how that worked out. The Age of Obama has been characterized by increased racial animosity. We suspect that the upcoming Clinton Era will see increased sexual animosity.
The nation elected Barack Obama because it had been tricked into believing that it could solve its problems by atoning for its racist past, thus for its sins. Now it seems ready to elect Hillary Clinton because it is being told that everything will be wonderful once it atones for its sexist sins.
Of course, the Obama Era has not been a time of racial comity. Obama has been a decidedly ineffective president and has happily stoked the fires of racial animus. He welcomed the Black Lives Matter protesters and demagogue Al Sharpton far more warmly and openly than he welcomed the prime minister of Israel. The nation is now rife with anti-Semitism and with calls for more racial healing.
When Colin Kaepernick refused to show his allegiance to the flag, in a gesture that is so unpatriotic that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg felt constrained to denounce it, our president defended Kaepernick. Thus, we have more and more Americans who feel that the gesture is acceptable. Serious social justice warriors are on the warpath against Justice Ginsberg, a woman who had heretofore been one of their great heroes. Thus has patriotism become a thought crime.
Obama was elected despite the fact that he lacked he qualifications for the office of the presidency. He did not bring a wealth of experience to the job. He had not worked his way up the ladder. He was elected because he was African-American, and for precious few other reasons. Had he not been African-American no one would have imagined making him the president. His presidency was the ultimate in affirmative action.
Similarly, if Hillary Clinton were not a woman and were not named Clinton no one would imagine her as the president. The absurd notion that she is the most qualified candidate in history simply exposes the fact that, on the basis of her resume, she is supremely underqualified for the office of the presidency.
Of course, the Republican Party, in its great wisdom, found a candidate who is even less qualified than either Obama or Clinton.
Be that as it may, it is true, as his flunkies insist, that Obama has not been respected by the opposition. The reasons is that no one has believed that he earned his way. If the first black president had been Colin Powell, the problems Obama faced would not exist.
If, as seems increasingly likely, Hillary ascends to the office of the presidency, she too will not inspire respect. Officials who have not assumed office on the basis of their real accomplishments will not be respected. It has nothing to do with race or gender. It’s about the fact that diversity does not trump merit.
Funnily enough, promoting people on the basis of blood has always characterized aristocracies. It is a primary reason why aristocratic governance has lost out to democratic governments.
So, Obama ran and keeps running against racist Republicans. Hillary is running against sexist Republicans. For reasons that make no sense the nation has been tricked into believing that if it expunges all vestiges of racist and sexist—to say nothing of Islamophobic and homophobic—thoughts and feelings, we will all ride off into the sunset together.
As long as we measure the presence of such sins against absurdly unrealistic standards—like a proportionate number of blacks and whites and Asians and Jews in graduating classes of America’s great universities, or like an equal number of men and women in all occupations and in all childcare and homemaking functions—there will never be an end to this culture war.
As the Bible says, Mark, 3:25:
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.