By Sarah Beth Costello
June 11, 2009
America, once known as “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” has gained a reputation as a nation that accepts anyone and everyone regardless of the potential threats and danger posed to American lives.
In an age of tolerance and political correctness, Americans have lost their ability to discern. This lack of discernment is increasingly becoming obvious in the actions of our president, Barack Obama, who insists on promoting tolerance and acceptance in the face of evil.
“Political correctness is going to kill us,” said Glenn Beck, a conservative radio and television host for Fox News. We have ventured from one extreme to the next as a nation that struggled for decades with racial inequality to one that is so blind to the underlying dangers of our acceptance of radicals.
Obama has made several attempts to “fix” the problems between Israel and Palestine and make peace with the Muslim world. Rather than strengthening our military and securing our borders, Obama is using words to eliminate the hatred that thousands (if not millions) of Islamists harbor for Americans and Jews.
When Obama addressed Muslims in Cairo, Egypt, last week, his message
was not aimed at peaceful, law-abiding Muslims. His message targeted the Islamists, the radicals, the ones who hate America and desire to see her in ruins. And though he did acknowledge that one message would not bring about change in our “relationship,” he did say that the pathway towards peace was being open with the emotions in our hearts.
Obama, for all of his presumably good intentions, cannot empower anybody to throw off hatred and malicious intent by simply giving a motivational speech. The Left has a tendency to blame America for the problems of others. But the fact is, there are many who hate America and have been indoctrinated and brainwashed to self-martyr and murder for the cause of Jihad. They are responsible for their own actions and America should not be in any way obliged to utter an apology for the crimes and atrocities committed.
Tolerance won’t change this. Tea parties with dictators will not sway the heinous plans of our enemies. Words cannot convince enraged and hate-filled Islamists that we can coexist and be friends.
Obama, though dubbed the “anointed one,” cannot alter centuries-old hatred by apologizing for America’s power or preaching of empowerment. Weakening our military, disarming our weapons, closing down a prison for terrorists has not made us heroes in the eyes of the enemy – we have become a laughing stock. America is a perfect target.
“…America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition,” said Obama to his audience in Cairo. “Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
What do we have in common with our enemies other than the fact that we all have enemies? It is a black mark on America to equate ourselves with evildoers. I am being intolerant of our enemies; shame on me. Many may say this is “much to-do about nothing.”
But when injustice occurs, when innocents suffer, when nations are threatened, when tragedies and catastrophes are imminent, the appropriate action is not a light-hearted speech falling on deaf ears. What do our enemies care about living in peace?
It is the responsibility of our president to protect and defend the American people, even if that means discarding tolerance and replacing it with discernment. The world will never be rid of people who desire to destroy. Obama can’t fix it, nobody can. But he can do everything in his power to thwart their plans. Will he be that man?
Obama’s Speech in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009: