American Elephants

Barbarians At The Gates Of Paris! by The Elephant's Child

By the best estimates France now has a Muslim population of 6 million or approximately 10%of its 65 million people. David Goldman suggests that “if only 1% of this population are radicalized to the point of engaging in or providing support for terrorist activities, that is a pool of 60,000 individuals.” not 60.000 bombers or shooters, but a support network that would allow a smaller number of terrorists to blend into the population.

In the suburbs of Paris there are “no-go ” zones that are ruled by Muslim gangs that can intimidate the Muslim population. “France has already lost the capacity to police a part of its territory, which means that it cannot conduct effective counter-terror operations.”

To put the 60,000 number in context ,”the whole prison population of France is less than 70,000, of whom 60% are Muslims…. France has had the toughest enforcement policy against radical Islam among the major European nations. The use of assault rifles and (reportedly) a rocket launcher in the center of Paris is a statement of contempt toward the authorities on the part of the terrorists.”

Islam is a political religion.

In contrast to Christianity, Judaism and all the other religions we know, Islam means to control every aspect of life, including both government and private life. The West, bowing to political correctness, multiculturalism and vague ideas about ‘can’t we all just get along’ does not know how to deal with Islam.

The perils of multiculturalism and open borders have reached critical mass in Sweden. There are Muslim enclaves where postal, fire and other essential services — even police officers themselves —require police protection.

A police report released last month identifies 55 of these “no-go zones” in Sweden. These zones are similar to others that have popped up in Europe in recent years. They formed as large Muslim populations emigrating to politically correct and tolerant European states refuse to assimilate and set up virtual states within a state where the authorities fear to tread.  (emphasis added)

The Swedish Police Academy is revising their curriculum to include coursework of cultural sensitivity intended to achieve “greater understanding of the intercultural perspective. Sweden will not be profiling.

Nor will there be any here. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has “Little Mogadishu,” home to America’s largest concentration of Somali immigrants. This neighborhood has become a recruiting ground for Islamic terrorists. CBS has reported that as many as 40 young men have joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria. A Fox affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul reported the case of Abdirahmaan-Muhumed. Before he went to Syria, he worked for Delta Global Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. His job was to clean aircraft, and he had a security clearance that gave him unfettered access to the tarmac and passenger jets.

Political correctness and cultural sensitivity aren’t going to do it. Nor are open borders and  “amnesty.” Last week the Wall Street Journal had a fascinating piece about the uses European countries are finding for all their empty churches. We, perhaps, need to reexamine our melting-pot tradition, that welcomed immigrants from all over the world and had a remarkably successful record of assimilation — turning immigrants into proud Americans. What has changed?

There’s a Kind of Obstinate Individualism in America, a Fact to Keep in Mind! by The Elephant's Child

“Recovery Summer” has meant another 283,000 lost jobs.  President Obama spoke briefly today, in the face of another 54,000 lost jobs, to say that “we are moving in the right direction.”  Well, no we’re not.  One of the problems is that the president’s words don’t seem to match the reality on the ground.

The late Daniel Boorstin, Librarian of Congress, said that Americans believe firmly that our political life is based on a perfect theory. He called it “givenness”— the idea that in some way values in America are given by certain facts of geography or history  peculiar to us.  The earliest settlers or Founding fathers equipped our nation at its birth with a perfect and complete political theory, adequate to all our future needs.  “This is the idea that the American Way of Life harbors an American Way of Thought which can do us for a political theory, even if we never make it explicit or are never in a position to confront ourselves with it.”

What circumstances of American history have made such a view possible?  The first is the obvious fact that, unlike western European countries, where the coming of the first white man is shrouded in prehistoric mist, civilization in the United States stems from people who came to the American continent at a definite period in recent history.  For American political thought this fact has had the greatest significance. …We have needed no Virgil to make a myth of the first settlement of our land or the first founding of the Republic; the crude facts of history have been good enough.”

“Life in America — appropriately called the American Experiment — has again and again been described as the test or the proof of values supposed to have been clearly in the minds of the Founders.”

When we were offered ‘hope and change’ most Americans thought that change was meant to change the quarrelsome ways of Washington DC. But that wasn’t what Obama meant.  He does not accept the notion of an American Way of Life or the American Experiment.  Americans were startled when he denied American exceptionalism — no different than any other country, he said.  Americans were shocked when he sent the bust of Winston Churchill, son of an American mother and one of our greatest heroes, back to the British.  Astounded when he bowed to an Arabian king  and a Chinese potentate.

Those facts alone sent Americans scurrying back to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution — studying their history and renewing their convictions.

A near-record 14.9 million people who are unemployed, 8.9 million “involuntary part-time workers”, an $816 billion ill-advised stimulus that did not stimulate, the takeover of America’s car companies,  and a governmental takeover of the world’s best health care system with thousands of pages of regulations in an economy-destroying bill that even its author, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), admitted that he had not read — sent Americans to town-hall meetings — to flood the offices of their representatives  with emails and phone calls.  And to their kitchen tables to hand letter signs, to the library to read up on history, and to the Mall in Washington DC to respectfully protest the actions of their government.  And to the polls in November.

As the song says — we’re never gonna stand for this.

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