The Land of the Freaked Out and the Home of the Buffoon

From the Richmond Times Dispatch: 

Americans like to think of themselves as brave and strong. But a good portion of them are acting very weak and frightened. […]  Never to be outdone in the lunacy Olympics, Donald Trump is leaving open the possibility of forcing Muslims — including not just refugees but U.S. citizens — to register with the government as such, and perhaps even carry special ID. (No word on whether that might be a yellow star or crescent.) Instead of taking those suggestions, perhaps America should — oh, maybe stop the bed-wetting, for example. Then pull up its big-boy pants — and get a grip.

This is Ebola all over again, y’all.

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10 thoughts on “The Land of the Freaked Out and the Home of the Buffoon

  1. Funny cartoon! Americans are funny people! That said, can you empathize with your fearful neighbors? Even a little bit? We are seeing horrors done in the name of a major world faith. The vast majority of its followers are not in conquest, aggressive, or anything other than peaceful. However, they are silent to denounce this usurpation by a slim minority. Why? The silence is deafening. I suspect this is what raises a red flag to these folks. thanks!

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    • Of course we empathize. But this country, in its fear, rounded up American citizens of Japanese descent in WWII and put them in internment camps. Trump is threatening to do the same with Muslim American citizens. And the Muslim majority has come out and denounced the radical Islamists, repeatedly. I really don’t know what more they can do to change the minds of people who are bent on re-creating a 14th century caliphate. They hold an apocalyptic ideology and we are being sucked right into where they want us.

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    • Would you want to anger them if you lived in their neighborhood?
      The majority of Muslims have denounced the radicals.
      Look at the US, we see the likes of Donald Trump and don’t denounce him.

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    • Considering how people are targeting Muslims, would You write an editorial or speak out? Did you see what happened at that public meeting about building a new Mosque?
      Would you as a minority member speak out?

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    • Considering how people are targeting Muslims, would You write an editorial or speak out? Did you see what happened at that public meeting about building a new Mosque?
      Would you as a minority member speak out?

      Actually, Google Muslim leaders denounce violence. They try, their message not getting out!

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  2. I know I’m focusing on the wrong thing but it’s sad how low our level of conversation has fallen when a major newspaper editorial uses bed-wetting and “big boy pants” as metaphors. Trump isn’t solely responsible for that but he certainly isn’t helping.

    As for Muslims and their leaders speaking out, it’s a shame but off the top of my head I couldn’t name a major Islamic figure comparable to, say, the Pope. But there are cases like the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh, who said, “Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilization, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims.” And one-hundred and twenty-six Muslim leaders collectively wrote an open letter condemning the Islamic State’s leader. It can be found here:

    http://www.lettertobaghdadi.com/

    And an uncounted number of Muslims worldwide have been participating in a “Burn The ISIS Flag” challenge which has gone viral.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2747644/The-Burn-ISIS-Flag-Challenge-Outraged-Muslims-flood-web-version-Ice-Bucket-Challenge-protest-against-Islamic-State-barbarism.html

    Then again “gone viral” is a relative term. It’s kind of sad how little reporting there’s been. Maybe that speaks to why Waleed Abdel Razek, an Egyptian who was in Paris who took a break from helping his brother who’s undergoing cancer treatment to go to a soccer game, was initially assumed by the media to be a terrorist when he was found unconscious and badly injured outside the stadium.

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