Republicans, Cut It Out: Your Obsession With the Term ‘Radical Islam’ is Pathetic

ted-cruz-88If there’s one thing that I’ll take away from the 2016 presidential season it’s this: Democrats act a hell of a lot more like adults than Republicans do. While I’ve known that for a while, to see the contrast between the behavior of the candidates during these debates has been astonishing.

While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clearly disagree on some issues (though most very slightly), they remain respectful and professional toward one another. Yet on the GOP side we have “carnival barker” (thanks Martin O’Malley) Donald Trump throwing constant hissy fits on Twitter; Ben Carson lashing out at the media anytime he’s asked a question he doesn’t like; Jeb Bush looks like he’s about to cry at any moment because he’s not getting his way; the two presidential candidates born to immigrant parents, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, are currently in a back and forth over who hates Mexican immigrants the most; and the rest of the field full of nobodies is desperately trying to convince themselves that they actually stand a chance at becoming our next president.

It’s an absolute joke.

Well, during the most recent Democratic debate the candidates were asked whether or not the term “radical Islam” was appropriate – a term often avoided by the Obama administration. Every Democratic candidate declined to use the term, insisting that “jihadists” or “extremists” was sufficient.

Naturally this question was in response to the horrific terrorist attack in Paris for which ISIS is claiming responsibility. And as you would expect, being that each candidate refused to identify ISIS as “Islamic radicals,” Republicans lost their minds.


Words cannot express how sick and tired I am of this moronic “debate.” What does it matter what we call ISIS? Jihadists, terrorists, Islamic terrorists, or Islamic radicals, does it change who or what they are? They’re barbaric monsters who need to be wiped off the face of the planet. If we utter the words “Islamic” before describing them, does that change our resolve? Does it weaken their forces? Does it change a damn thing?

No, it doesn’t.

This “debate” over whether or not to label it “radical Islam” is nothing more than Republicans using absurd fear-mongering to stir up simple-minded people into a frenzy over something completely stupid (sound familiar?). Republicans desperately want to paint Democrats and liberals as “Muslim friendly, afraid to name our enemies.”

Then again, this is the party which had a president tell terrorists to “bring it on” as our men and women in uniform continued to die in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the intelligent people saw that moment as an embarrassment, Republicans ate it right up with a big smile on their face.

You tell ’em Bush! Yee-haw! 

To buy into all of this machismo nonsense you really have to be an absolute moron.

Conservatives remind me of those in Russia who are impressed when Vladimir Putin stages shirtless pictures of himself doing manly things. That’s how simplistic and easily manipulated by propaganda these people are.

Republicans are too ignorant to see the forest for the trees on ISIS. If they were in charge, they’d feed right into the hands of these creatures because they’re too short-sighted to see anything beyond ridiculous fake bravado and “macho” talk they often use to appease the simpletons who support them.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am by no means super-liberal on Islam. I’ve written several articles calling out the oppressive, often violent nature of the religion in extremely large parts of the Muslim world.

But when it comes to this ridiculous “debate” over whether or not we should call it “radical Islam,” it’s so utterly pointless that I’m embarrassed tens of millions of Americans give a damn about it. As if what we call terrorists changes anything about how we view or deal with them.

It’s nothing but petty, asinine rhetoric by a political party that’s built on petty, asinine rhetoric.

You know what, Republicans? Go ahead and call them whatever the hell you want. But just know if one of your clowns happens to become president and “declares war on radical Islam,” you’ll only give the terrorists a recruiting tool and endanger more Americans overseas.

Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you all think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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