Why are Muslims so Angry?

An August 18, 2019 Associated Press report describes the carnage resulting from the most recent suicide bombing in Kabul, an atrocity in which 63 guests at a Shiite Muslim wedding were killed and 182 were wounded.  According to the AP report, an ISIS suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest as he stood near the bandstand, watching the wedding guests dance.  The bombing took place in a western Kabul neighborhood inhabited by many of Afghanistan’s minority Shiite Muslims, and although the wedding guests were a mixture of both Shiites and Sunnis, the local ISIS affiliate, a Sunni terror group, took credit for the mass killing.

So, what is it about the world of Islam that we in the West fail to understand?  We know of no instances in which Lutheran suicide bombers have blown themselves up at Roman Catholic weddings or funerals. Nor have we heard of instances in which Baptist terrorists have drowned Methodist captives by enclosing them in steel cages and then lowering them into large tanks of water.  Unlike Islam, there are simply no commandments in Christianity or Judaism that require us to kill others who do not share our religious beliefs. 

In an August 25 article by Raymond Ibrahim, titled “There Is No Christian Anymore in This Town”: Persecution of Christians, June 2019, The Gatestone Institute reports on some of the most recent acts of anti-Christian genocide in majority Muslim nations of Africa and Asia. 

Ibrahim reports that, on June 9, approximately 50 heavily armed Islamic Fulani gunmen arrived at a Christian village in Mali, a west African nation in which some 90% of the population are Muslims and only 5% are Christians.  They surrounded the village and then set it ablaze.  Many residents… men, women, and children… were burned to death.  No one escaped.  At least 93 Christians died in the massacre.  According to Malian security forces, the village was “virtually wiped out.” 

On the same day, June 9, in Burkina Faso, located on Mali’s southern frontier, 19 residents of the town of Arbinda were slaughtered by Muslim terrorists.  The following day, June 10, ten additional Christians were slaughtered in a nearby town.  When peace was restored, one local Arbinda resident said, “There is no Christian anymore in this town.”   According to a 2006 census, approximately 60.5% of the Burkina Faso population are Muslims; 25% are Christians.

Ibrahim reports that, in Nigeria, on June 17, Muslim Fulani herdsmen slaughtered at least 24 Christians, three of whom were children, in three separate raids.  The terrorists also burned two churches and more than 200 Christian homes, along with crops in the fields.  Approximately 53% of Nigerians are Muslims and 47% are Christians.  And while the terror group Boko Haram, famous for kidnapping 276 schoolgirls in April 2014, gets the lion’s share of the headlines in Nigeria, the Global Terrorism Index reports that, “In 2018 alone, deaths attributed to Fulani extremists are estimated to be six times greater than the number committed by Boko Haram…”

So, what is it that sets Islam apart from civilized societies?  Why is it that Muslims stand alone in their indifference to the value of human life?  What is it that makes Muslims so angry?  And why have they no sense of right or wrong?

First, we must understand that Islam is not a religion, as such, subject to First Amendment protections as we in Western cultures understand the term.  To fully understand why Muslims worldwide are so intent upon murdering large numbers of innocent people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, we must begin by imagining the hatred generated by nearly 1400 years of endless internecine warfare.  Add to that a large measure of insoluble political differences, a laundry list of legal disputes, centuries worth of military scores still to be settled, and a long list of social and cultural disparities and we can begin to understand why so many Muslims feel not only superior to the rest of us, but also disrespected or marginalized by competing Muslim sects. 

Wherever we find them, Islamists refuse to assimilate into host country cultures, insisting that they be allowed to exist as a separate culture within a culture, not subject to the laws of their host countries.  In order to accomplish their ends, they rely on anti-western directives of the Quran to preach the overthrow of host governments, by force and violence if necessary.

Since the earliest days of the 116th Congress, whatever dignity and decorum the House of Representatives still possessed has been shattered by the presence of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a Somali refugee, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a Palestinian.  In the nearly eight months since they took office in January 2019, they have been a thorn in the side of House Democratic leadership, creating daily headlines with their radical left criticism of Donald Trump and their unceasing antisemitic criticisms of Israel and American Jewry.

Jn recent weeks the two have spurned a junket to Israel with a larger group of congressional fact-finders.  Instead, the two freshman members planned to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories on their own.  But Trump intervened, asking Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to deny them access to Israel – a request that Netanyahu readily complied with.  In denying the women access, Netanyahu cited their support for Boycott Divest Sanction (BDS), a movement that advocates the boycott of Israel and Israeli products until it withdraws from the occupied territories and grants full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens. 

One wonders whether the Muslims who’ve settled in Michigan and Minnesota in such large numbers are naturalized US citizens.  If they are, they’ve sworn an oath which begins: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”

If the two Muslim congresswomen had been allowed to visit Israel as planned, it appears that a sufficient body of law exists that could have denied them reentry into the United States.  Jimmy Carter used that law to deny access to Iranians during the Iranian hostage risis.  As a far more courageous man, Donald Trump might easily have done the same in the present case

In other words, a Muslim who takes that oath of citizenship can no longer maintain allegiance to the dictates of the Quran because the Quran and the US Constitution are wholly incompatible.  It is also interesting to note that Section 212(a)(28) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952  (The McCarran-Walter Act), denies access to all aliens “who are anarchists, or who have at any time been members of or affiliated with any organization (such as Islam or the Communist Party USA) that advocates or teaches the overthrow of the government of the United States by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” 

To be an American, enjoying all the benefits of a free society, one must be willing and able to assimilate into our culture.  Clearly, that is not what Muslims have in mind.  It should be clear to all by now that what Muslims want is to replace our 21st century culture with their brutal 7th century culture, and if we resist they will simply force the issue.  We will have no choice in the matter.  What we in the West must decide, before we reach the point of no return, is whether we want future generations of our families to be forced into a primitive 7th century culture. 

If the answer is yes, then the road ahead is clear; we only need to do what we’re already doing to  reverse the Muslim onslaught… which is nothing.  However, if the answer is no, we must begin by identifying Islam for what it is.  Abandoning the political correctness of the political left, it is imperative that we officially define Islam, not as a religious denomination, but as a brutal 7th century culture, totally foreign to and incompatible with 21st century Western values. 

Many of the great nations of Europe are now spiraling downward into irreversible Islamic chaos.  And unless we undertake to defeat radical Islam in the deserts of the Middle East and in the streets of Europe in the months and years ahead, they will surely confront us in the cities, towns, and villages of America.  If that comes to pass, western civilization will cease to exist.  We cannot bequeath to our children and grandchildren the prospect of fighting a bloody, unwinnable battle that should have been fought and decided in our time.

Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College.  He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.

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What is a Democratic Republic?

The answer to this question lies in what the American Revolution was about.

 To understand this, we should revisit the Declaration of Independence.  Jefferson said that all men (in the eyes of God) are equal and they are given by God certain inalienable Rights “among which are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  No man can give us any of these … certainly evil men can take these from us, but they cannot give them to us … they are God given.  The men who affixed their names to the Declaration, each and every one, was doing something illegal … committing a capital felony.  They had the guts to pledge their all to the effort when they mutually pledged:  “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”  Benjamin Franklin quipped,” If we don’t all hang together, we shall all hang separately.”  Many of the signers did not fare well.  They were true patriots, how many of us today would be brave enough to do what they did?

The American colonies, pre-revolution, were being ruled by a tyrant, they were in a tyranny.  Their citizens were being told, under the threat of imprisonment (or worse), what to do … how to solve their personal or community problems by a tyranny that had no idea of or stake in their problems.  They were prohibited by law, faux law, from having any say in the solution of their problems.  They were the chattels, the slaves of a far away master.  Today the Federal government has in a large measure placed a new tyranny not dissimilar to that of King George III upon us.

After the Revolution, the colonies, the 13 new Republics, conceded one thing to democracy … they  enfranchised the common man with the vote, the first and only time in human history that the common person had any say in government.   Democracy in large venues devolves into mob rule as was exemplified tens of centuries ago in ancient Athens and as was repeated time and again throughout subsequent history where it was tried.  Democracy, one man, one vote, is to be feared in all venues except  where protagonists meet in groups small enough have face to face debate about solving mutual problems.  The “majority rules” mantra always leaves a discontented minority.   If the issue is a solution to a mutual problem, comity within the community generally allows acceptance of the verdict.  But if the democratic process is extended to a large group, say the American Presidential election, the results could be disastrous.  If the election of Hillary Clinton by a majority of 67 million to 64 million for Donald Trump means that the US Constitution will be overthrown for a “socialist utopia” it could mean civil war.  Our forefathers were aware of this danger of large democracies and rejected that form of government out of hand.  They, in the Constitutional Convention, opted for a Federal government of succinctly defined and limited powers joined together with a federation of self governing republics combined in a compact that presented a united front to foreign aggression and an united arbiter both to disputes among the States and international exigencies.

Why do we need government at all?

Governments are instituted for the protection of the powerless.  The most powerless in the face of outward aggression, be it individual or organized … is us … you and I, our families, our friends and neighbors , our community.  We band together and choose those who would take on the responsibility to protect us, the sheriff to give us comfort from fear of physical harm and mental anguish;  the judges to mediate and mitigate disputes between us and others;   our Senators and Representatives, our community exemplars, sent to larger venues to explain our local problems and to carry back the concerns of others to us, in short to insure our God given Right to Happiness.   Governments are for the maintenance of the “life, liberty and happiness” of the common man, the individual … not the majority or the mob.  The American system was carefully and ingeniously assembled to protect that goal.

In a Democracy every person is to vote on every issue.  This should require some degree of expertise by the voter, which is of course impossible.  So, in practice the voters have invariably relied on the demagogues. (A Greek word loosely translated “mob teacher.”)   The demagogues, being men, often times misrepresented their issues much to their advantage and the disadvantage of the populace.  On the other hand, under the guise of majority rule, the voters quickly realized that they could vote themselves the treasury.  Those of you who “vote for the man” are today similarly abused by the modern demagogues; the political ads, the word of mouth, peer pressure, the political parties, the signs, the radio, the TV and any other form of communication imaginable.  You do not and probably cannot know “the man” you only know what others say about him.

Let us contrast this with the republican (representative) form of government.  Republican government is bottom up government.  In the first instance you and your family understand your place in the community.  You and yours should solve almost all your problems alone or in community gatherings.  You should or certainly can know the sheriff or local policeman.  You can go to the local court house and talk to the local officials.  If you don’t like what they are doing, you can campaign for their removal in the next election.   You live in a political and physical subdivision of your state, your county.  Your county is governed by county commissioners whom you vote for.  If you live rurally that is your government.  If you live in a village or city it is run by the town council and mayor whom you could and probably do know.  There may be several municipalities in your county all of which are self governing with officials that are elected by their local residents.  You, yourself, may be on an elected school board, elected cemetery district, an elected irrigation district or an elected highway district.  You probably participate in local church, charitable or service organizations all of which have elected boards, chairmen and administrators.  If you are not participating, you most certainly can communicate with your fellow citizens who are.  All these board members represent you, it is representative government.   Your community and county is unique and fully functional, and definitely cognizant of its place in the sun.  In sum, our Republic gives you , if you care to participate, the privilege of direct access to the government that is most important to your personal well being.  More important than the State or Federals. 

Be the county be big or small, rural or populous, it is an integral part of this State and as such needs to be represented on the state level in both Houses of the Legislature by people that you know so that its uniqueness can be part of the dialogue of law making on the State level.

The US Constitution guarantees Republican government in the States.  The US Supreme Court has un-Constitutionally abrogated that Right to the detriment of the counties and people of this State.  The 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights gives the State the Right to reject that decision.                       

Article 10: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”    

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A Yahoo Primer on Yellow Journalism

An August 5, 2019, headline on the Yahoo News homepage read, “How a criminal investigation in Georgia set an ominous tone for African American voters.”  The lengthy article was written by Jon Ward, a former political correspondent at HuffPost.  Ward currently serves as Chief Political Correspondent for Yahoo News.

In its August 25, 2014, announcement of Ward’s move from HuffPost to Yahoo, POLITICO is quoted as saying that “Yahoo is in the midst of an effort to turn the heavily trafficked site into a legitimate news organization.”  Having read Ward’s story on the Georgia vote fraud investigation, it appears Yahoo still has a bit of work to do before reaching their goal. 

The vote fraud story is centered in Quitman, Georgia (pop. 3,850), a rural community situated on the Florida state line in Brooks County, midway between the Alabama state line and the Atlantic coast at Savannah.  In many respects, Brooks County is a throwback to the Deep South of the 1865-1955 era.  In 2014, of the 4,556 county residents who voted, 2,903 were whites, and 1,653 were African Americans.  All but a few county residents were Democrats.

Quitman is the county seat of Brooks County, named in honor of notorious South Carolina congressman Preston Brooks.  As Ward describes Cong. Brooks, he was a member of Congress who “infamously beat Sen. Charles Sumner within an inch of his life on the floor of the Senate, in 1856, for his criticism of slavery.”

What actually happened, and what Ward glosses over, was that Sumner, a Republican senator from Massachusetts, was making a speech on the Senate floor condemning the May 21, 1856 ransacking of Lawrence, Kansas, a small abolitionist community, by a force of some 800 pro-slavery Democrats, mostly recruited in neighboring Missouri, a slave state.  Several people were killed, the local anti-slavery newspaper presses were destroyed, and several buildings, including the Free State Hotel, were burned to the ground.    

Shortly after the invasion of Lawrence, Senator Sumner delivered a fiery speech, condemning slavery and the denial of Kansans’ right to self-determination by pro-slavery Democrats.  As he spoke, Brooks crept up behind him and struck him over the head with a cane, knocking him unconscious.  And while it is fashionable today for leftists to attack statues and memorials of noted American patriots, of all political persuasions, none have seen fit to remove the plaque honoring Preston Brooks in Quitman, Georgia.

The Quitman vote fraud controversy began in the early morning hours of December 21, 2010, when Nancy Dennard, the only black member of the Brooks County school board, was arrested at her home in Quitman and taken away in handcuffs.  A number of Dennard’s African American friends and political allies were also arrested.  In all, the authorities arrested a total of 12 people, charging them with 120 separate felonies.  As Ward describes the controversy, “To Dennard and her allies, who became known as the Quitman 10+2, the reasons for their arrests were simple.  They were black candidates who won an election in the Deep South, upsetting a white-dominated power structure.”

That assessment is only partly true.  Yes, Dennard and her political allies had upset a 145-year-old power structure that had been run by whites Democrats since the close of the Civil War.  What Ward fails to explain is that, in the process of upsetting that old power structure, laws had been broken. 

Ward tells us that the Quitman case “provided fodder for Republicans around the country who argued that voter fraud is a significant problem, despite a lack of evidence of any widespread or large-scale examples.”  That denial is right out of the Democratic Party playbook.  The truth is, vote fraud is such a significant problem that to deny it is to purposely overlook it and to excuse it.  Ward goes on to charge that then-Georgia secretary of state, now governor, Brian Kemp, “has been one of the most aggressive politicians involved in purging voters from the rolls.”

In making that charge, Ward is merely doing the Democrats’ dirty work.  His charge that new anti-fraud laws make it “harder to vote, especially for poor and non-white voters,” is false and totally unworthy of a credible journalist.  If challenged, Ward would be unable to name a single US state that has not made it as simple and as easy as humanly possible to register and to vote.  The act of registering and voting is the same for everyone, no matter the age, gender, race, or political affiliation of the voter. 

Ward tells us that, “Kemp and his aides often spoke of how they were ‘fighting to protect the integrity of our elections.’”  That is precisely what they were doing, although Democrats, black and white, use every conceivable device to create opportunities for vote fraud and to defeat reforms.  Democrats even go so far as to oppose every state law requiring voters to show photo IDs before voting, providing some proof that they are who they say they are.  

In a Senate floor speech on February 7, 1894, prior to final passage of the Repeal Act of 1894,  Senator George Hoar (R-MA) said the following:  “Wherever there is a crevice in our protection of the freedom of the ballot there you will find the Democratic Party trying to break through.  Wherever we have left open an opportunity to get possession of an office contrary to the true and constitutional will of the majority there you will find that party pressing; there you will find that party exercising an ingenuity before which even the great inventive genius of the American People, exerted in other directions, fails and is insignificant in the comparison.” 

Hoar concluded by saying, “Mr. President, the nation must protect its own.  Every citizen whose right is imperiled, if he be but one, when it is a right of national citizenship and a right conferred and enjoyed under the Constitution of the United States, has the right to demand for its protection the entire force of the United States until the Army has spent its last man and the Navy fired its last gun.  Most of us have nothing else than the right to vote…. The urn in which the American casts his ballot ought to be, aye, and it shall be, as sacred as a sacramental vessel.”

All that is necessary to expose the hypocrisy behind Democratic opposition to photo ID laws is to suggest that, instead, we require voters to dip a pinkie into a vial of indelible ink after voting, as is done in many emerging democracies of the Third World.  This would prevent would-be double voters from voting again and again in multiple venues.  It’s hard to imagine what argument Democrats would offer in opposition to that safeguard, but they would be certain to oppose it and their argument would be a creative one.  As for Ward’s concern that Kemp has been “one of the most aggressive politicians involved in purging voters from the rolls,” are we to infer that he favors keeping disfranchised, fictitious, non-existent, non-citizen, and otherwise ineligible voters on the rolls?  For what purpose, other than to facilitate fraud?.           

Although Dennard had lived in Quitman for a number of years, it was not until she became a teacher in the Brooks County school system in 2000 that she became aware of how decisions were made in public education.  She noted that, while almost 60 percent of Brooks County residents were white and the school board was composed of all white members, the student bodies in the public schools were mostly African Americans.  It was that disparity that caused Dennard to make her first run for a seat on the Brooks County school board.

Dennard lost her first race for the school board in 2004 and she lost a second attempt in 2008.  However, those two losses taught her a great deal about campaigning for public office, especially the importance of targeting residents who had not voted before and the value of using absentee ballots to enfranchise those who, for one reason or another, found it difficult to vote in person.  When Dennard made a third attempt in a special election in 2009, she was successful.   

Dennard’s three races for the school board produced a number of activists in the black community, two of whom ran for school board seats, along with Dennard, in the July 2010 Democratic primary.  However, it was during Dennard’s aggressive 2009 campaign that white Democrats were first alerted that a “movement” was underway in the black community.  When an unusually large number of absentee ballots started showing up in the Quitman post office, often “rolled together and tied with a rubber band in groups of anywhere from 6 to 8 at a time,” the postmaster’s curiosity was aroused and the Georgia secretary of state, Brian Kemp, was alerted.   .  

Dennard and her volunteers did a number of things wrong.  In some cases, they helped voters mark their absentee ballots or marked the ballots for them.  That is illegal.  By bundling groups of absentee ballots, they were inviting an investigation by state and local authorities.  Furthermore, the act of “bundling” absentee ballots was a strong indication that someone other than the individual voters, or a member of their immediate family, had deposited the ballots at a postal collection point.  Under Georgia law, voters must “mail or personally deliver” their ballots to the voting office.  For a family member to deliver an absentee ballot on behalf of another family member is also permissible.   

Although the law should be clearer as to who is allowed to deposit an absentee ballot in the U.S. mail, the legislative intent is clear.  What the legislature was trying to prevent was situations in which a campaign worker from Party D, who witnessed a voter mark his/her ballot for the candidates of Party R, would see to it that that ballot never made it to its final destination.  It is a common practice in ballot “harvesting.”

Dennard was eventually charged with eight counts of “unlawful possession of ballots” and three counts of “interfering with an elector.”  Lula Smart, the sister of a 2010 school board candidate, was charged with 25 counts of “unlawful possession of ballots.”  The penalties were such that Dennard faced at least thirty years behind bars and Smart could have spent the rest of her life behind bars.  Every member of the Quitman 10+2 faced at least twenty years in prison.  And although Smart was tried three times… the first two trials ending in mistrials… she was eventually acquitted of all charges. 

In the end, none of the Quitman 10+2 were convicted; no one went to jail.  But there is a lesson to be learned.  In spite of Ward’s opinion that vote fraud is not a significant problem in our country, the evidence is clear that Democrats have always played fast and loose with the law when an office of public trust was up for grabs.  Where Democrats are concerned, politics is just a game, a game that is to be won or lost, and losing is not an option. 

Republicans tend to see things quite differently.  To Republicans, politics is a noble pursuit.  Simply stated, it is the process by which we establish government.  White Democrats in Brooks County, Georgia, may not understand that, but people in the black community surely do.

Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College.  He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.

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