Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Why not call it by the right name?

From the usually astute Kevin Drum at Mother Jones:

One of the odd Republican obsessions of the moment is their outrage over liberal refusal to "call radical Islam by its name." In the wake of today's Brussels bombing, Ted Cruz naturally says this kind of namby-pamby political correctness is at an end. But that's not all:

We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration.

"Patrol and secure." That has an ominous sound to it, especially the "secure" part. Apparently Cruz is trying to out-Trump Trump before Trump even has a chance to say something stupid. This is some campaign these guys are running.

Rob's comment:
This isn't a new issue. I wrote about it last November. For fear of offending Muslims everywhere---especially our Muslim allies in the Middle East and elsewhere---Democrats have sown confusion by not putting an accurate label on who/what we're dealing with. 

Yes, it's a minority of Muslims that are terrorists, but they are in fact "radical Islamists." Everyone knows what you're talking about. Why not just use that accurate term? 

By seeming to be reluctant to forthrightly name who/what we're dealing with, liberals give the right an opening to attack Democrats for dishonesty and somehow condoning terrorism due to "political correctness," a favorite Donald Trump hobbyhorse.

Like this foolishness from Hillary.

The Religion of Peace site is keeping score:

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