American Elephants

The Undiguised Contempt of the Cognitive Elite for the Unwashed Masses — Us. by The Elephant's Child

A recent survey showed that 18% of Americans believed that President Obama is a Muslim.  The professional left erupted in disbelief.  How can people be so stupid?  How could anyone possibly believe that?  Well, possibly because they had studied up on the Moslem faith, and discovered that the son of a Muslim is a Muslim.  And once a Muslim, always a Muslim.  You don’t get to retire.

Or possibly because of Obama’s Cairo speech which was so warmly directed at those of the Moslem faith in the Middle East; or possibly because he bowed so deeply to the King of Saudi Arabia, in spite of the longstanding tradition that American Presidents don’t bow to anyone.  There was the refusal to put extreme sanctions on Iran.  The refusal to come out emphatically on the side of freedom when Iraqi dissidents were protesting fraudulent elections was a great disappointment to Americans.

There was the outrage at Israel for another stage in the building of apartments for Israelis in an Israeli sector of Jerusalem.  And the outrage when a flotilla of activists attempted to break the legal blockade of Gaza to prevent arms that would be used against Israel from reaching Hamas terrorists in Gaza.  Or there was the Iftar dinner at the White House, when the President chose to speak out in favor of an Islamic mosque and ‘cultural center’ in one of the buildings damaged in the 9/11 attack on the twin towers.

Since the president has consistently been completely neutral in his relations with the Islamic countries of the Middle East,  how could anyone be so stupid as to think that Barack Hussein Obama could possibly be a Muslim.  Must be because of his middle name.

If you think it is offensive for a Muslim group to exploit the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers by Muslims, you are an anti-Muslim bigot and a racist as well.  This is such a bizarre claim in the light of past ten years, and so completely bereft of common sense that it boggles the mind.  Yet the professional left has been braying ” bigot!” at the top of their lungs.

Charles Krauthammer noted a pattern:

Promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

— Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.

— Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

— Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

— Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

Krauthammer says: “Note what connects these issues.  In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. …What’s a liberal to do?  Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that preempts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument.”

James Taranto notes that Robert Reich says Americans don’t want a mosque at Manhattan’s Ground Zero and wonders — Where is all this coming from? And answers his own rhetorical question:

It’s called fear. When people are deeply anxious about holding on to their homes, their jobs, and their savings, they look for someone to blame. And all too often they find it in “the other”–in people who look or act differently, who come from foreign lands, who have what seem to be strange religions, who cross our borders illegally. . . .

Economic fear is the handmaiden of intolerance. It’s used by demagogues who redirect the fear and anger toward people and groups who aren’t really to blame but are easy scapegoats.

Taranto adds: “The Ground Zero mosque is an affront to the sensibilities of ordinary Americans. “The center’s association with 9/11 is intentional and its location is no geographic coincidence,” as the Associated Press has reported. That Americans would find this offensive is a matter of simple common sense. The liberal elites cannot comprehend common sense, and, incredibly, they think that’s a virtue. After all, common sense is so common.”

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