The Council has Spoken 082710


Don’t know much about history
(What a) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke

In an essay 27 years ago, Deep Down we’re all alike, right? Wrong., Charles Krauthammer wrote:

Its central axiom is that if one burrows deep enough beneath the Mao jacket, the shapka or the chador, one discovers that people everywhere are essentially the same. American Anthropologist Samantha Smith was invited to Moscow by Yuri Andropov for firsthand confirmation of just that proposition (a rare Soviet concession to the principle of on-site inspection). After a well-photographed sojourn during which she took in a children’s festival at a Young Pioneer camp (but was spared the paramilitary training), she got the message: “They’re just . . . almost . . . just like us,” she announced at her last Moscow press conference. Her mother, who is no longer eleven but makes up for it in open-mindedness, supplied the corollary: “They’re just like us . . . they prefer to work at their jobs than to work at war.”

This week’s winning Council post, The Razor’s Tolerating Intolerance, observes that phenomenon regarding Islam and the corollary to that belief.

Yet American elites which should know more about Islam than the common people side with a religion that is intolerant of the very rights it champions among Christians: women, gays and artistic freedom. The ignorance shown by the mainstream media towards Islam makes one wonder if any of these “journalists” ever left New York City or San Francisco. Every attempt to equate a Muslim cleric with an American religious figure like Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell merely emphasizes their ignorance of both faiths. The reviled Robertson and Falwell would actually be considered raging liberals compared to “moderate” Islamic clerics.

The mainstream media and the American Left have allied themselves with one of the most intolerant faiths around, yet they demand that Americans tolerate this intolerance and call those who don’t “Islamophobes”.

Unsurprisingly Krauthammer still has something to say about this. In his column today, The last refuge of a liberal (shouldn’t that be “first” not “last”?) Krauthammer writes:

…promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.

— Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.

— Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.

— Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.

— Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.

Now we know why the country has become “ungovernable,” last year’s excuse for the Democrats’ failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?

So those who tolerate the intolerant, end up being intolerant of any dissent. It’s a variation of a Talmudic formulation: “One who has mercy on the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the merciful.”

If the title of this week’s song evokes the wonderful world that liberals are seeing slipping away from them, the lyric, “Don’t know much about history” applies very well to this week’s non-council winner. The runner up,  American Thinker/Randall Hoven’s  Iraq: the War That Broke Us — Not very skillfully argued that the costs of the Iraq War have been greatly exagerrated. However it was the history of  Buckhorn Road’s  Hey, Union soldier! What have you done for me lately?, that won me over and earned my tiebreaking vote. It’s pretty clear that the prosperous, free and tolerant society we now live in, would have been much different had the Union not won the Civil War. Appreciating Gettysburg is essential to appreciating what we are as a nation.

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