Renewed embrace of Obama’s Muslim roots offers challenge to political right — avoid distraction
With so much talk on the right about the White House’s sudden decision to embrace the president’s Muslim roots, I think it is important to look at everything in perspective.
Barack Hussein Obama is not a Muslim. He is not a Jihadist Manchurian Candidate, just waiting for his opportunity to grow a beard, look into the cameras from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, and tell Americans: “Ha! I fooled you.” He is simply a hard-left politician bent on bringing the era of American exceptionalism to an end – that alone should be worrisome enough without the need to bring other distant possibilities into the equation.
Yes, I know that Obama was pictured during the early stages of the campaign in traditional Muslim garb, but he was in a Muslim country on an official visit and, as we saw with Speaker Pelosi and her hijab while visiting Syria [against orders from the Bush White House], when in Rome, you do as the Romans do. Yes, I know that he slipped up during a campaign stop interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, but as we’ve learned since then, take away the TelePrompTer and Barack Obama’s off-the-cuff speaking talent ranges somewhere between George W. Bush on the high end, and Joe Biden on the low end. And yes, I know that his school registration forms during his time in Indonesia show, unequivocally, that Barack Hussein Obama was registered as an Indonesian and as a Muslim, but think about what the lack of school choice has done here in the United States – millions of children are registered for school using an aunt or uncle or grandmother or grandfather’s address, and even name.
Point being, when it comes to fighting against the policies being advanced by this president, let’s stick to the plausible and iron-clad—that he is a student of Marx and every action he takes is intended to have an exceptional America take a step back while allowing the rest of the world to take a step forward—rather than the hypothetical or merely possible.
Barack Obama is a politician, and the sudden mainstream emergence of his Muslim faith has been orchestrated purely for political reasons. It was shielded from public view during the campaign because, well, any question as to background or faith would likely have been detrimental in terms of capturing the hearts—note, not minds—of superficial American voters assessing Obama by the image he projected. Now, as he attempts to push his foreign policy and address the Muslim community across the world, his background and faith is being resurrected because it could help him relate.
I was raised Catholic by a Catholic mother, but my father and his side of my family is Jewish. If I were running for president against an incumbent Barack Obama, you’d better believe that I would be speaking to every Jewish group that I could, explaining that I have Jewish blood, and telling any who would listen about my commitment to Israel and the Israeli people. If I were already president, I would do the same when reaching out to shape my administration’s Middle East policy. Some would call it pandering. I understand that. I’d call it honesty.
The problem I have with Obama’s new penchant for touting his Muslim roots is the détente-at-all-costs foreign policy he is trying to facilitate by doing so. I don’t agree with him on it at all. But, instead of raising my voice and allowing my blood pressure to elevate because of the Muslim blood on his father’s side, I’m going to save my energy to fight him on the real policies being put forth, both abroad and at home.
It is so important that we acknowledge the stranglehold the mainstream press has upon the public discourse in America, and that we look at each and every new talking point and not only analyze it for what it is, but also ask why it’s being advanced in the first place. As we watch our freedoms erode by the day here at home, and as we watch our national security become more porous with every day the president is overseas, it is essential that we keep our eye on the ball, that we pay attention to what he is doing and why, rather than any peripheral chaff being meticulously placed by an administration absolutely brilliant at shaping public opinion through a compliant press.