What We’ll Know When the Center Isn’t So Critical
Surely we’ve all had experiences with those deceitful practices that get us every time. Perhaps you’ve had the lover whose word you, for some reason, take every time he or she promises not to cheat again. Perhaps you’ve had the boss whose nakedly arbitrary and false deadlines always manage to ratchet up the stress. Well, the great political feint to the center during general elections is like that.
Even if Melanie Phillips’s fears of a post-election Barack Obama prove to be partially true, it ought to be enough to demotivate some among his throngs:
Obama assumes that Islamic terrorism is driven by despair, poverty, inflammatory US policy and the American presence on Muslim soil in the Persian Gulf. Thus he adopts the agenda of the Islamists themselves. This is not surprising since many of his connections suggest that that the man who may be elected President of a country upon which the Islamists have declared war is himself firmly in the Islamists’ camp. Daniel Pipes lists Obama’s extensive connections to Islamists in general and the Nation of Islam in particular, and concludes with this astounding observation:
Obama’s multiple links to anti-Americans and subversives mean he would fail the standard security clearance process for Federal employees. Islamic aggression represents America’s strategic enemy; Obama’s many insalubrious connections raise grave doubts about his fitness to serve as America’s commander-in-chief.
Phillips isn’t saying that Obama is himself Muslim, or that he supports Islamic nations’ domination of the West, but that he’s of that liberal “camp” that comes to common conclusions with the Islamists. We’ll have to wait with bated breath, if Obama wins the race, to see whether actually running the most powerful nation on Earth forces him to discard the cherished platitudes of the academy or, with his presumption of divine destiny, he believes that he will be The One to soften America’s hand just enough to win over the good will of the peace-loving Muslim world.
If the latter, many voters’ refrain is likely to be “How could we have known?”