Brazen Acts of Cowardice

Moslem extremists see themselves as brave fighters against non-Moslem aggression. They believe that they are the courageous ones who are willing to risk life and limb for Allah. They see Western nations as weak and cowardly. In video after video, rant after rant, we see these same extremists making bravado against all who oppose them. They believe they will one day rule the world because of their acts of courage.

Although they may be formidable foes, they are definitely not courageous. They are cowards.

Only cowards hijack commercial airliners filled with ordinary citizens that pose no threat to terrorists and then fly those planes into large buildings filled with ordinary people who pose no threat to them. These planes and buildings were occupied by people with real families whose lives are destroyed. Just like a bully in a playground will pick out the weakest kids to insult and push around, Moslem extremists are cowards who simply look for defenseless people to kill and maim.

Only cowards would use innocent civilians as human shields. They use civilians to surround their leaders and their heavy weapons, believing that others would not dare to do anything that might endanger those civilians. They tell civilians to stay in dangerous areas so that, when those civilians are dead, it will cause their enemies to stop using deadly force. Only cowards would believe it was better to expose innocent civilians to deadly fire instead of their own worthless hides. 

Only cowards would fire rockets indiscriminately into civilian areas, not caring where they fell. Yet when opposing forces strike back, these same cowards withdraw into underground bunkers and decry any attempt to strike back at them as inhumane.

Only cowards parade civilians, reporters, and captured solders in front of video cameras and kill them. They already have imprisoned and often tortured these individuals. These individuals are not posing a threat to them and are at the mercy of their captors. Yet, these cowards find great pride in killing their prisoners on the Internet, believing that somehow Allah becomes greater when the strong shows brutality and withholds mercy. 

Only cowards kidnap women and girls and sell them into slavery. To them, anyone who is weak and defenseless is just “asking for” beatings, beheadings, rape, and murder. 

Only cowards plant bombs in civilian areas where they could kill and wound hundreds in crowded areas. 

Only cowards behead their helpless prisoners in front of the Internet for everyone to see. They believe it makes them look more powerful, but it only shows that they can only be powerful before the helpless. 

It is interesting to note that Western countries would never consider doing such things. Because of the cultural respect for innocent civilians, prisoners, and innocent human beings in general, we would never engage in such cowardly acts. Soldiers often go to great lengths, even putting their own lives in peril, to avoid civilian casualties. Although these soldiers are not perfect, and innocent lives are sometimes killed, it is standard practice to avoid hurting noncombatants. Imagine how different things would be if Western nations indiscriminately planted IEDs, killed our captives on the Internet, or enslaved the wives and children of those we oppose. Unfortunately, Moslem extremists have seared their consciences and no longer see these acts as cowardly. 

The playground bully never stands up to the strong, the self-assured, the uncowed. They always seek out and terrorize those who cannot defend themselves. Once someone does stand up to the bully, the bully typically backs down. By pushing back, the playground is made safer. 

People of all backgrounds and faiths know in their own conscience that cowardly acts like this are wrong. The strong is not intended to attack the weak, but to protect them. Moslem extremists and terrorists should be called cowards because that is what they are. And we should oppose them with strong force to put the cowardly bullies in their place. 

Safety is More Important than Votes

For quite some time, liberals have focused on allowing in many more immigrants to this country. The reason, of course, is because most immigrants tend to vote for liberals. The more they let in and turn into citizens, the greater the liberal voting block. 

They call this immigration “reform”, which confuses a lot of people. Many people think immigration reform means making it similar and less confusing, but the reform advocated by liberals is simply allowing more immigrants into the country and allowing them to stay here. The longer they stay here, the greater their opportunities for becoming citizens who, it is hoped, will vote for liberals.

Liberals also push for more immigration because it makes them feel better about themselves. Most liberals rarely think about the actual ramifications of the policies they want to enact. They simply want to enact those policies because they imagine they are helping people, and, hence, they can feel better about themselves. But if they actually followed the results of their policies, they would realize that their policies don’t help anyone. They just make everyone miserable. 

Unfortunately, the latest rapid influx of illegal immigrants has had unintended impacts. Some minorities, primarily African-Americans, are really upset at these new immigrants because they are stealing social service dollars and many entry-level jobs. “Wait”, they cry. “I thought you cared about us. Why are you letting in these new people who are going to hurt some of your most loyal supporters?”

Good question. The fact is that liberals knows these same minorities will always vote for liberals, regardless of whether liberal policies actually help them. Makes you wonder when the black community will wake up and become independent voters.

Of course, there are many other issues related to the huge influx of illegal immigrants over the past few months, including disease outbreaks and the strain on government budgets. These are real problems, but the scariest is the fact that we are allowing some very bad people to infiltrate into our country. These include gang members, known criminals, and terrorists. This is not just an abstract possibility. It is actually happening, and our government is transporting them all over the country. (Of course, this doesn’t mean all of the illegal immigrants are criminals or terrorists, although they are breaking immigration laws.) These individuals will rob, rape, and kill because our government lacks the will to enforce our borders. 

Don’t our liberal friends who want to bring in more illegal immigrants realize that this may actually hurt them as well. These criminal elements don’t just seek out people of specific political persuasions. They hurt people indiscriminately. Of course, those who are protected by the Secret Service for the rest of their lives probably don’t need to worry, but the rest of us do. We don’t need to hear any more heinous crimes committed by illegal immigrants before we do anything. It’s time to enforce our borders. 

Job Seekers Face Difficult Prospects.

A week ago, I watched Cinderella Man, a great movie about a boxer who hit hard times during the Depression. Of course, most everyone had hard times during the Great Depression. Before he found his way back into boxing, he had to spend some time just getting any work he could. He would show up anywhere he could to get work. The problem was that there simply was very little work. Although he was willing to do any work he could find, he couldn’t work if there was no one to hire him. Many today find themselves in similar circumstances. 

During the Great Recovery of the last few years, it has been hard for many in the middle and working class to find good full-time jobs. Many have had to find work in ways they have never been accustomed. Most of the jobs have been part-time jobs. Although many of the unemployed want to work full-time jobs, those are often simply not available. As a result, many people accept one or more part-time jobs to make ends meet. The misnamed Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) has actually encouraged employers to move workers to part-time status in order to avoid healthcare costs. 

Another option to some workers has been to accept contract jobs that run out after a specified time period. After the contract ends, they have to look for work all over again.

To find a full-time job, some have been willing to accept a job that pays less than their last full-time job. It’s a humbling experience. However, it’s sometimes necessary. Because there are so many people vying for a single position, employers don’t have to offer higher wages. Wage growth has been slow since the Great Recession. As long as there is at least one person willing to work for less, an employer can offer less. And once a job-seeker accepts a lower-paying job, they typically have to learn to cut back and make difficult financial choices.  

Some have decided to move to other locations to accept jobs. This means picking up their lives and moving to where the jobs are. This can cause considerable turmoil, but it has often been done in the past. People moved West to find a new life. People migrated to America to find new opportunities. There was the gold rush, the oil boom, and others. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Unfortunately, during the Great Recovery, housing prices have not risen back to where it was before the Great Recession. Many people simply can’t move because they can’t sell their house. The only possibility is to abandon their mortgage and start over. 

Starting over is a difficult proposition. It may mean walking away from a mortgage and allowing a bank to take possession of your biggest financial asset. It may mean bankruptcy. It may take several years to get back to a point where you can buy a house again, even if you get the money to afford a house. 

These are the choices the middle-class and working class are often faced with these days. Our country desperately needs a change in direction.