The Radical Extremism of America
Throughout the entire world of Islam, from Libya to Indonesia there have been protests, some violent, stemming from the anger over an amateur video produced that blasphemes the prophet Muhammad. The State Department ran an ad campaign in Pakistan condemning the video, emphasizing the fact that the U.S. government had nothing to do with the production of the video. Throughout the country people are wondering how this can happen? President Obama has denounced the video, saying that this video is no excuse for extremism.
Patriotslog sees hypocrisy in our nations denouncing of the radical extremism, and it is time we woke up to our own ideological problems. How can we as a nation expect radical Islamic extremists to suddenly rein in their passions and ideologies when we refuse to do the same? Of course there is a huge difference here; left and right wing extremism has not led to a terrorist attack or been the cause of death to anyone in our country, but the principal still stands. Our extremism is as harmful, or more so, to our nation than the heretics who distort the beauty of true Islam in an attempt to reduce America to a smoldering ash heap. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed because they disagree on a tax code, immigration, gay marriage, or environmental regulations.
Civility is gone in American politics. Since the age of 24 hour cable propaganda stations, people refuse to look passed the end of their nose, let alone consider there might be something there. If we do not like the way something sounds, we ignore the facts so that we do not have to admit to whatever it is we do not like. Political debate is barred from the work place because we do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, and presenting anyone with facts that contradict their opinion is now considered harassment. On the rare occasion that someone does engage in an intelligent political discussion–usually on a Sunday talk show–each side goes into the debate having already decided they are right and there is nothing that can change that. We consider Stephanie Cutter, Anne Coulter, Rachel Maddow, and Rush Limbaugh to be experts worthy of our attention. We actually believe they are unbiased enough to represent the truth. If a question would hurt their argument, they simply do not answer it, and refuse to acknowledge it has any relevance or significance. Is that how our nation advances? Blind to counterarguments and reason? Patriotslog maintains that if you cannot challenge your own beliefs for fear of what you may find, your beliefs are not worth having in the first place. If we consider all the arguments both for and against, we will almost always end up with the best conclusion.
Is our chronic fact ignoring any different than the fact ignoring a radical Imam practices in their recruitment of naive and innocent boys to strap explosives to themselves and run into a town square? Of course there is a difference in degree, which is why they become so violent, but it is only a matter of time before our extremism escalates to the level of violence as well. You cannot reason with a terrorist because they too, like a radical political pundit, have made up their mind before the encounter. Is the hate of a terrorist any different than the hate of Roseanne Barr, who thinks people against gay rights deserve cancer? Is our political propaganda, which is designed to make us hate and despise the other party any different than their political propaganda designed to make people hate America and the west? Why do we accept extremism in our world, but not in theirs?
The biggest problem is not the media, it is you. Each one of you reading this is thinking to yourself: “That is so true. The other political party is so guilty of all those things. They are ruining America. The other political party is almost like the terrorists. How long before the other political party escalates their extremism to violence? They never accept facts, they never show civility, and they care more for their ideology than for the country.” If you are thinking that right now, you, not the other political party, are the problem. Our rigid dichotomy of ideologies that leave no room for gray have left this nation charred black. We are burning ourselves to the ground–doing the work of the terrorists for them. We are enraged by the dysfunction in Congress, but praise our Representatives for refusing to budge. There is nothing wrong with us; it is the other side which never compromises. If we believe this we are as blind and extreme as those protesting outside American Embassies the world over.
We cannot embrace ideological radicalism on the one hand and then condemn religious radicalism on the other. That type of message only perpetuates the anti American propaganda the terrorists advertise to recruits. Extremism from without is not nearly as threatening to our sovereignty as extremism from within. As long as we are radical we cannot ask others to be moderate. How can we expect the protests to stop when those protesting see our own ideological warfare? If we do not return to civility someone will turn to violence because of our political extremism. We can only hope and pray our extremism does not escalate to a civil war.
27, September 2012
Posted on September 27, 2012, in Patriotslog Articles, Politics, Religion and tagged ash heap, extremism, extremist, human rights, ideological warfare, libya, middle-east, party ideologies, political extremism, political hypocrisy, politics, radicals, Religion, religious extremism, Terrorism, terrorist. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.