Notes are part of changes to Jumbo Tale – weekly short thoughts on the news. Hope to have the new site up within the month.
President Obama visited a mosque this week. I gave up on the President’s rhetoric rallying the country about a week after the bin Laden killing. His address in the mosque was refreshingly balanced between tolerance and responsibility.
Nevertheless, I agree with Marco Rubio’s post visit observation generally about the President and I would include CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations):
Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque,” Rubio continued. “Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there’s going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves.”
“But again, it’s this constant pitting people against each other — that I can’t stand that. It’s hurting our country badly,”
There are still more hate crimes against Jews than Muslims in America. Nowhere on the Statute of Liberty does it say America is offering an easy path free of discrimination.
The President and CAIR would do better to distribute stories of decorated American Muslim servicemen and women (a growing number), stories of local groups reporting plots, while enforcing in court not the press their legal rights. And I would suggest wrapping those steps in a theme on how lucky all immigrants, including Muslims, are to be citizens or residents of the US.
Some of the worst conversations of 2015 for me occurred after the American Sniper premiere. Quite a few progressives slammed Chris Kyle for his tall tales about acting as a sniper on the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina and killing would be robbers at a gas station back in Texas. None of the folks I confronted would acknowledge that Kyle’s PTSD was a legitimate explanation or even theory.
To some Kyle was a liar, a killer, a racist, and a proxy for conservatives.
It has been my honor to know several combat veterans. Whether it was the combat fatigue of World War II, the unique issues of Korea and Vietnam, or Iraq and Afghanistan PTSD they all suffered in the civilian world. That suffering manifested itself in nightmares, withdrawal, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, alcoholism, suicide, and mental illness.
Kyle’s tall tales hurt no one. My belief is they were a result of his desire to be back in combat and were part of a fantasy return. One vet told me last year that his desire to go back to Iraq as a contractor became so overwhelming that his wife forced him to go to the VA. PTSD causes vets to act in ways almost incomprehensible to civilians. Why would anyone want to return to Baghdad to fight?
Kyle’s suffering is a chance for empathy, not judgement.
I Like Capitalism
Bernie Sanders believes US capitalism is evil. The effect is to pull Mrs. Clinton to his position even though she obviously does not believe it. US capitalism is the key to our world position, the reduction in poverty across the globe, and reached its responsible height under President Clinton.
I wish Mrs. Clinton would stare down Senator Sanders and say the obvious:
“My husband’s terms expanded protection for the poor of all colors, grew the middle class, reached a balance budget, and drove economic prosperity broadly throughout America. Your policies failed in post-War Britain and have left Europe a slow growth basket case. We’re moving forward to return America to prosperity.”
It is not just that Senator Sanders is unrealistic, it is he is wrong.