The ability to turn our economy around and decrease the jobless rate are the most popular qualities of a presidential candidate at the moment, but by no means the only significant ones.
High on my list of desirable candidate qualities is the ability to understand resurgent orthodox Islam that the great majority of Muslim leaders in the world are promoting. By “understanding”, I don’t refer to the politically correct, ignorant perception that Islam is a religion of peace hijacked by a few dozen, hundred, or thousand radicals. The correct understanding of Islam is it is a supremacist fascist political ideology operating under a religious theme. Its political ideology is allied with the left in a coalition intent on destroying capitalism and our constitutional freedom. The Islamist coalition with progressives, socialists, communists, and other America-haters is a relationship of convenience until it can assert enough influence to complete their mission of invoking Islamic Sharia law and controlling the rest of us.
The way we understand Islam has much to do with our approach to foreign policy and domestic security. Our prolonged presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is a consequence of our recent past and current leaders NOT understanding these facts about Islam. Instead, they believe the taqiyya-inspired propaganda that we are merely dealing with a few terrorists, not a 1.5 billion strong, formerly latent, resurgent ideology whose values are 180 degrees opposite those that founded our nation. This misguided thinking leads us to the resource-draining assumption that we can "nation-build" Islamic nations into our own Judeo-Christian image. It Ain't gonna happen!
A presidents’ correct, realistic understanding of Islam is essential to his or her effective implementation of foreign policy and domestic security.
Understanding this, below I have characterized the public statements and attitudes portrayed by the leading presidential candidates, including the incumbent. You may confirm these characterizations by Googling the name of the candidate followed by “Islam”, or “position on Islam.” One other indication of where a candidate stands on Islam is the amount of expletive-laden vitriol emanating from the blogs of liberals against the candidates who dare speak the truth about Islam.
First, Barack Hussein Obama:
Obama has an Islamic background. He had an opportunity to retain his non-Muslim name of Barry Soetoro but chose not to. Many of his relatives are Muslim; he attended a Muslim school in Indonesia, and he has said and done many things before and during his presidency the reveal his affinity toward Islam. He bows to the leader of Saudi Arabia; he appoints Muslim advisors; he apologizes to Islamic nations for the alleged sins of his country. He believes the call to Islamic prayer at sunset is the prettiest sound. He disses Israel. He fails to call Islamic terror, e.g. the Fort Hood massacre, "Islamic terror." He most definitely believes Islam is a religion of peace (but so did George Bush and so do several Repubican candidates). Of all the candidates, though, Obama by far gives us the most reason to believe he esteems Islam more than Christianity or Judaism at the expense of US security. His beliefs impact foreign and domestic policy in negative ways. He has demonstrated that he holds the interests of Islamic nations in higher regard than the interests of our allies. His national security policies discriminate against the average American (airport security practices) and give a pass to the most likely perpetrators of terror/Islamic jihad against our nation.
Paul quotes of “stop blaming Islam for 9/11” and “I don’t see Islam as our enemy” reveal his deep ignorance of Islam. His Alfred E. Newman-esque attitude toward Islam of “what, me worry” is dangerous. A typical Ron Paul quote is
“I don’t see Islam as our enemy. I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the support of their dictators that they hate.”
Most would have a difficult time distinguishing that quote from those of Obama. He is ignorant of Islamic texts, doctrine, and intent.
Perry has had a cordial relationship with Muslims. He has declared “Islam is a religion of peace” almost as often as his Texas cohort George Bush has, which is saying a lot. Some defend Perry’s Muslim ties suggesting that he is friendly only with a progressive, mild sect of Islam. More substantively, Perry helped coordinate development of a pro-Islamic history curriculum in Texas public schools that imply the west is inferior to Islam, and signed into law unique Islamic Halal-foods legislation. The Islamic threat is closely associated with immigration policy. Perry is opposed to a critical component of border security: Border fencing. He also supports subsidies for illegal immigrants attending state universities. Supporters point out his strong support of Israel.
Romney does not believe “jihad” is related to Islam. He said:
“There is, however, a movement in the world known as jihadism. They call themselves jihadists and I use the same term. And this jihadist movement is intent on causing the collapse of moderate Muslim states and the assassination of moderate Muslim leaders. It is also intent on causing collapse of other nations in the world. It's by no means a branch of Islam. It is instead an entirely different entity. In no way do I suggest it is a part of Islam.”
This statement belies all facts concerning historical, orthodox Islam as practiced by the majority of Islamic leaders today. He is engaging in wishful thinking. Romney often talks a good talk about his concern about “radicals.” But he fails to relate “radicals” and “jihadis” from orthodox Islam. This thinking will be a millstone around his foreign policy and domestic security initiatives.
Bachman has admitted that “not all cultures are equal” in reference to the culture of immigrants from the tribal Islamic nations compared to the culture in the West. The left hates this sort of comment. She has distanced herself from Muslim interest groups in Minnesota that Pawlenty palled with. She is very pro-Israel. But what does bother some is her campaign manager, Ed Rollins, who also advises Muslims in Dearborn, MI, in how to gain political power and influence. Not good, Michelle.
Gingrich often compares Islam to Nazism, which is a fair and accurate comparison. He has expressed concern that our nation is simultaneously drifting toward atheism and Islamism, that there is a marked bias against Christianity in government, education, and the media. He has commented that Islam is an emerging threat to our constitution – again, true. Gingrich is among the top tier of candidates who understands and is not afraid to publicly discuss the Islamic threat to our nation.
Santorum has said,
“Sharia law is not just a religious code. It is also a governmental code. It happens to be both religious in nature an origin, but it is a civil code. And it is incompatible with the civil code of the United States. We need to define it and say what it is. And it is evil. Sharia law is incompatible with American jurisprudence and our Constitution.”
He has also written:
“The gathering storm I have been warning of for years has now formed over the West. Yet instead of fighting the gradual incursion of Sharia and the demands of an intolerant, even militant Islam, Westerners are cowering and fatalistic.”
Santorum understands Islam and its intentions against the West. He continues to speak out on these concerns about Islam despite the vitriolic comments he receives from Islamic apologists on the left.
Herman Cain is probably the most outspoken with the truth about Islam among all candidates. He said he would not appoint a Muslim to his administration. He believes that local communities should have the right to prohibit mosques in their communities, a comment that disappointed his libertarian friend Neil Boortz. This comment is based on Cain’s belief that Islam needs to be treated in the same manner as any other seditious organization, whether it be the Fascist Party or orthodox Islam. He is aware that mosques are funded primarily by Saudi Arabia and teach hatred of western values and promote seditious Sharia law.
Cain demonstrated his humility when he stated,
"Based upon the little knowledge that I have of the Muslim religion, you know, they have an objective to convert all infidels or kill them."
Cain has been truthful and forthright on Islam to the point of gaining the ire of leftists and Islamists in this country. I say “good for him.” And good for us if he is elected.