American Elephants


Political Correctness Gone Rogue by The Elephant's Child

Three years after a man with ties to Islamic radical groups killed twelve people while screaming “Allahu Akbar” over and over at the Fort Hood Army Base, the incident is classified as “workplace violence.” You might classify this one as a cover-up as well; it is at the very least, political correctness gone amok.

Major Nidal Hassan was a U.S. Army psychiatrist scheduled to be deployed. He was a loner, and increasingly under the influence of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. His superiors were increasingly aware of his odd behavior and Muslim radicalism. But no one did anything about it. The Obama administration has been reluctant to call any incident “terrorism.” Homeland Security has played around with other designations — “violent extremist” seems to be the most popular at the moment. That is a term they are still using for events at Benghazi.

The failure to recognize Islamic terrorism is rooted in a desire to avoid saying anything that would alienate Moslems. Islam, everyone keeps repeating, is a religion of peace. But there are Islamic terrorists and they do have an agenda. Refusing to call it by its correct name is simply a failure to recognize the agenda of those “violent extremists.”

The inaccurate designation of the incident as “workplace violence” is meant to suggest that it is just an ordinary “going postal” situation that could happen anywhere, and don’t even think of blaming Hassan’s superiors for not noticing that he was a danger to everyone around him.

The “workplace violence” designation also deprives Staff Sergeant Shawn Manning, who was shot six times during the attack, of the disability compensation that other wounded service members receive, and eligibility for Purple Hearts or medals for valor. And the twelve dead soldiers are deprived of the recognition they deserve.

Some members of Congress are fighting the classification, but it has not yet been enough. The constant avoidance of not just the designation, but the reality of terrorism, is just wrong and distorts Americans’ understanding of their own nation’s foreign policy.

Heritage’s James Carafano wrote earlier this month:

Clearly, acknowledging that terrorism is alive and well looks bad for the Obama Administration’s rhetoric, which has portrayed Obama as having vanquished Osama bin Laden and thus ending the “war on terrorism.

Playing politics with terrorist incidents and indulging in cover-ups to prevent public knowledge is more than unbecoming, it is dishonest, and unworthy of the office.



A Few Wednesday Short-Takes to Make You Indignant! by The Elephant's Child

The Defense Department has classified the Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence.” Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) blasted the Defense Department and suggested that political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation’s Armed Forces at home.Thirteen people were killed and dozens more wounded at Fort Hood in an act of terrorism by radical Islam. “Workplace violence,” indeed.

Major Nidal Hasan, a former Army psychiatrist was allegedly inspired by radical U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in an American  drone strike in Yemen  in late September. Members of the American military are increasingly targets of terrorists, not only on the battlefield, but here at home.

— Suspicions that the “Fast and Furious”operation by the ATF division of the Justice Department was intended to argue for controversial and stringent rules on gun ownership, seems to be true.  Emails obtained by CBS News show that the illegal gun sales they ordered gun dealers to make, were intended to justify a new regulation called “Demand Letter 3″ which would require gun dealers to report the sale of multiple rifles. It would be the third ATF program requiring dealers to report tracing information.

Gun dealers who cooperated with ATF did it only because they were asked to by the U.S. Government, something that was against their own best judgment. ATF claimed to be tracking the guns, but that went out of control, and ended with the death of a Border Control agent. Reluctant dealers were afraid that their cooperation with ATF would lead to trouble for themselves.” Fast and Furious” went far beyond Congressional authorization. The Justice department declines to comment.

— Obama’s speech in Osawatomie made a strong case for more governmental oversight of you, not of the government.  “For the first time in history, the reform we passed puts in place a consumer watchdog who is charged with protecting everyday Americans from being taken advantage of by mortgage lenders, payday lenders or debt collectors….Every day we go without a consumer watchdog in place is another day when a student, or a senior citizen, or a member of our Armed Forces could be tricked into a loan they can’t afford—something that happens all the time.”

Doesn’t that drip with elite condescension? You poor dumb boobs can’t manage your finances without the help of a wise governmental watchdog.  I have read that the Obama’s were deeply in debt until “the money from the book came in.” I thought the way most people learned to manage money was to make a purchase that they couldn’t really afford and had to take the consequences. If someone cheats me, it’s my fault for allowing it to happen, and a lesson is learned. But nevermind, you won’t have to learn any lessons, you will have nanny government to protect you.  Not just a nanny, but someone with nearly unlimited and undefined powers.

— The NAACP is so concerned that black and Hispanic Americans could lose the right to vote if they are required to show identification at the polls to prove that they are a resident and a citizen, that they have petitioned the United Nations over what they call an effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people. So the new civil right is — never having to prove that you are who you claim to be. Because people bussed in from a neighboring state and illegal residents might not be able to vote if they have to show their driver’s license or other proof of citizenship?

I have to show my driver’s license every time I write a check. I have to identify myself that way at the bank, to get an airplane ticket, and for so many other occasions that it is so normal that I don’t give it a thought. Asking people to identify themselves at the polls is an attempt to suppress the votes of black citizens? The NAACP sees this as a cynical attempt to suppress a surge in ethnic minority voting in 2008, so they are appealing to the UN to get more publicity. William Barber, a member of the association’s national board, said it was the “most vicious, coordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century”. Part of the campaign by the NAACP is to eliminate laws that prevent felons from voting, and of course they don’t believe that it’s necessary for one to be a citizen in order to vote either.




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