Hypocrisy, War, and “Islamophobia”

By Rubashov

The New York Times is the newspaper of record in America. So if you ever want to know which way the Establishment is blowing in the good old U.S. of A., consider this: The last time the New York Times endorsed a Republican for President was in 1956. His name was Dwight Eisenhower. If you voted for him then, you would be 84 years old today. That’s the American Establishment.

Of course, since 1956, the American Establishment – with the New York Times as its lead mouthpiece – has endorsed a whole series of wars which actually are not “official” wars because, per the Constitution, Congress did not declare them. Of course, the media doesn’t focus on the illegally of these seemingly endless wars, only the often made up justifications for them.

The same Establishment media that makes a show of displaying its morality – with fashionable admonishments like “how dare you be Islamophobic” – has for nearly two decades marched people off to wars in which they have been killed and maimed and left psychologically damaged by the Islamic combatants of the other side. And our own side has been asked to kill and maim and break the Islamic peoples against whom they have been cast. Ask any combat veteran. Killing is not an antiseptic business. It stirs the emotions. One cannot be fond of those you are asked to kill.

During and after the Great War (World War I) German-sounding place names across New Jersey were eliminated, changed to something else. Was it racism? Or was it in the nature of people who have been asked by their government to get angry enough to kill? Was it racism? Or was it the pain of a dead son or husband or father? Was it racism? Or the loss of a limb or limbs or eyes or psychological wholeness? Forty years after the end of the Second World War, there were still people who refused to buy Japanese automobiles. Racism or the residuals of a prescribed anger? Anger and loss…

The same Establishment media that decries “Anti-Muslim” thoughts or speech supports the wars in which actual Muslims are bombed, shot, starved, made homeless – and we are asked not to notice. They are our moral superiors, the arbiters of what is good and what is evil. Just do as they direct and know that to kill a man (as directed by government) is not as great a sin as to think an unsanctioned thought. Thought is the only real crime. Thought and its attendant, speech.

This is why Establishment media so hates the Ron Pauls and Tulsi Gabbards of the world. Anyone who questions war is job one on their hit list. The honest Left and the honest Right know this, which links them forever as “outsiders”.

Who is Tulsi Gabbard?

Tulsi Gabbard is a military combat veteran serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Elected in 2012, she became the first Samoan American and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress.

Gabbard served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004. When she was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives at age 21, she was the youngest woman to be elected to a U.S. state legislature. Gabbard served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009.

Gabbard was a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2013 to 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Gabbard opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She is critical of interventionism in Iraq, Libya, Venezuela, and Syria.

Gabbard is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2020.

Jack can't find a Dem to dump on?

Here's the problem.  New Jersey is a mess.  It is about the worst place to do business in the country.  It's bad on job creation, has high unemployment and under-employment.  It's the state with the highest property taxes in America and one of the top foreclosure rates.  It has a tax regime that literally breaks up families -- while delivering record levels of child poverty.  The state can't pay its bills, can't make good on its promises, and Trenton Democrats' only answer is higher taxes on the poor, working, and middle classes -- while urban Democrat machines lavish tax breaks on the rich.  The Democrats run the show and have done so for more than a decade.  If you want to take a dump on someone, it is a target rich environment.

So why would a Republican dump on a Republican running for President?  And why would anyone go about it in so tone deaf a way?

Most Americans are a lot less fortunate than Jack Ciattarelli.  Jack works hard and has done well for himself.  But many, many Americans work hard and struggle to keep from falling behind.  They have been living through a long grey economy and an endless war.  And what do they have to look forward to?  Economists predict a worsening economy in 2016 and that endless war is moving from places like Iraq and Syria, to towns in Texas, Tennessee, and California.  Those Americans not cocooned by wealth are lost in anguish.

Few who enjoy the privileges of the political class understand the mood of this country.  The parties, pundits, lobbyists, consultants, and all the rest who make up our political class appear utterly at sea to explain "the Trump phenomenon."  But it is not just Trump.  Witness the support Senator Bernie Sanders has gained through giving voice to his plainly Marxist prescriptions.  Senator Elizabeth Warren too understands this moment better than most -- as do activists like Ralph Nader and writers like Chris Hedges.  It is the moment when many, many people have simply given up on the political class, stopped listening, and have started to look elsewhere for ideas.  The center is being evacuated.

Poll after poll most clearly shows that Donald Trump is not out-of-step with the American people.  While the political class -- here in America and overseas in Europe -- excoriated his latest comments on a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, a plurality of Americans (46% to 40%) agreed with him, including a majority of Republicans (66% to 24%).  For better or for worse, many average American voters are using the candidacy of Donald Trump as the unlikely vessel into which they are pouring their anguish.  Politicians, particularly well-to-do ones, are not going to make a good impression on them by pissing into that vessel. 

If you wish to lead, first acknowledge their anguish.  Identify with it and enunciate those issues that have them concerned.  Don't dismiss or gloss over anything.  In a mature Republic like ours we should be able to address anything, to discuss... anything.  Regain trust by action.  Identify problems, solutions, and be clear about how tough the road will be.  Do not mislead by promises and generalities. 

Earlier today MyCentralJersey.com posted a statement by Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16).  In it, Assemblyman Ciattarelli "condemned" Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Here is the full statement:

At the state and federal level, government’s inability to truly solve our most pressing problems is cause for disgust, anger and disenfranchisement amongst a great many citizens. The end result is strong desire for something that strongly opposes the political establishment, making it the perfect time for a serious and formidable challenge to the status quo. Unfortunately, times such as these are also ripe for the ascension of polarizing opportunists.

Enter Donald Trump.

Instead of providing the kind of leadership that appeals to the better angels of our nature in calling us to meaningful and just action, Mr. Trump preys upon our worst instincts and fears.  In addressing important issues, he is a charlatan who is out of step with American values.  He is a celebrity in his own political reality TV show.  He is a Republican who is out of step with the Party of Lincoln– “We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope on earth.”

Sitting silently and allowing him to embarrass our country is unacceptable. He is not fit to be President of the United States.

We are struck by the Assemblyman's use of the phrase "the Party of Lincoln."  Did President Lincoln appeal to "the better angels of our nature" when he suspended civil rights?  Was the pursuit of war over civil negotiation a "better angel"? Was total war -- economic war -- waged against a civilian population who he maintained were American citizens, was this a "better angel"?  Was the order to burn civilian dwellings, destroy infrastructure, appropriate food, and to instigate rape, murder, and starvation part of "the better angels of our nature"? 

In the pursuit of what he believed to be right, President Lincoln was willing to see the death of more than two percent of the American population -- 620,000 men.  Another two percent were maimed -- missing arms, legs, parts of faces -- and another five percent made homeless.  President Lincoln was content to visit this suffering on his own people -- on fellow Americans. 

What Donald Trump has proposed is a mere inconvenience in comparison, similar to the temporary ban President Jimmy Carter imposed on visas from Iran in 1980.  Even President Obama has used sterner measures -- like the extra-judicial killing of American citizens using drone strikes. 

Being killed without a trial is a lot more permanent than a temporary ban on travel.  And even if you carry a Muslim name, doesn't every American citizen deserve a trial?  We look forward to something from the honorable gentleman calling into question the Obama (D) administration's use of non-judicial capital punishment.

Below is a video of another issue that the honorable gentleman might want to take up: