Almost anywhere you go in this country, especially in rural areas, you’re bound to see cars and trucks with decals celebrating guns and slogans talking a big game about standing up to terrorism. A couple of days ago, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins declared that terrorists were unlikely to target the South because of the fact so many people here own guns.
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Republican lawmakers and pundits across America have engaged in spreading paranoia and speculation that terrorists associated with Daesh could find their way into the United States by infiltrating the ranks of Syrian refugees. Despite all of the hysteria from the conservative media, Syrian refugees only made up 2% of the 70,000 people admitted into the country last year.
President Obama took the opportunity yesterday while in the Philippines to blast Republican politicians who have engaged in fear-mongering to rile up their base and push their anti-immigration agenda.
“Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said.
Mocking GOP leaders for thinking they’re tough, Obama said overblown rhetoric from Republicans could be a potent recruitment tool for the Islamic State group. He insisted the U.S. process for screening refugees for possible entry into the U.S. is rigorous and said the U.S. doesn’t make good decisions “based on hysteria” or exaggerated risk.
“We are not well served when in response to a terrorist attack we descend into fear and panic,” the president said. (Source)
Remember after 9/11 when all of these armchair patriots slapped “These Colors Don’t Run” stickers on their vehicles and angrily demanded that restaurants change their menu to show that they served “Freedom Fries?” Toby Keith made it big singing about how we were gonna get revenge, and the Dixie Chicks were ostracized for their criticism of George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq – which got us into the predicament we’re in now with ISIS/Daesh.
For all of that swagger and bravado, these same people are incredibly afraid of a few thousand refugees coming to this country to escape the horrors of war. They also like to complain about how “we need to take care of our own” when confronted with a refugee crisis, yet vote against programs to help our needy and veterans.
President Obama is right. We’re a country full of pickup trucks with tough-guy slogans on them about patriotism and bravado, but when faced with a few thousand women and children refugees, these armchair patriots suddenly become a bunch of bed-wetting babies. Go to any gun show and you’ll find table after table of jacket patches and truck decals proclaiming how the government can have their guns when they take it from their “cold, dead hands” – but these gun fanatics are afraid of children and the elderly?
It’s hysterically funny, and sad at the same time. Despite all their bluster about “Molon Labe” and “Don’t Tread On Me,” conservatives have proven that they’re not only heartless and un-Christian – they’re also a bunch of pathetic cowards.
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