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ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-11

Although Joe Biden was discouraging any action against the virus at the time, he now feels strongly that Trump was in the wrong...

ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-11

You may consider my comparison unwarranted. If so, consider . . .

 

What Islamists and ‘Wokeist’ Karens Have in Common

Adherents of both pursue ideological purity, refuse to engage in debate and demand submission.

There were many American heroes on 9/11, but the greatest were the passengers and crew of Flight 93. Not only did they avert what al Qaeda planned—a direct hit on the White House—but they also embodied Patrick Henry’s credo “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Do those words still have a meaning in the America of 2020? For two decades, I have opposed the fanatical illiberalism of those strands of Islam that gave rise to al Qaeda. I broke with my Somali family and ultimately with their faith because I believed that it is human freedom that should be sacrosanct, not antiquated doctrines that demand submission by the individual.

So implacable are the proponents of Shariah that I have faced repeated death threats. Yet I have always consoled myself that, in the U.S., freedom of conscience and expression rank above any set of religious beliefs. It was partly for this reason that I moved here and became a citizen in 2013.

It never occurred to me that free speech would come under threat in my newly adopted country. Even when I first encountered what has come to be known as “cancel culture”—in 2014 I was invited to receive an honorary degree at Brandeis University and then ungraciously disinvited—I didn’t fret too much. I was inclined to dismiss the alliance of campus leftists and Islamists as a lunatic fringe.

But the power of the illiberal elements in the American left has grown, not just on campus but in the media and many corporations. They have inculcated in a generation of students an ideology that has much more in common with the intolerant doctrines of a religious cult than with the secular political thought I studied at Holland’s Leiden University.

In the debates after 9/11, many people sought materialist explanations for the attacks. American foreign policy in the Middle East was blamed, or lack of education and employment opportunities in the Arab world. I argued that none of these could explain the motivations of the plotters and hijackers, who in any case were far from underprivileged. Their goal was religious and political: to wage jihad against their kin if they didn’t accept a literal interpretation of Islam, to denounce Arab governments as corrupt and their Western allies as infidels, and ultimately to overthrow the established order in the Middle East and establish a caliphate.

American policy makers preferred the materialist explanations, as they implied actions to solve the problem: invasion, regime change, democratization. It was unpopular to suggest that the terrorists might have unshakable immaterial convictions.

Nineteen years on, we see a similar dynamic, only this time it is within our borders. Naive observers explain this summer’s protests in terms of African-Americans’ material disadvantages. These are real, as are the (worse) socio-economic problems of the Arab world. But they aren’t the main driver of the protests, which appear to be led mainly by well-off white people.

Their ideology goes by many names: cancel culture, social justice, critical race theory, intersectionality. For simplicity, I call it all Wokeism.

I am not about to equate Wokeism and Islamism. Islamism is a militant strain of an ancient faith. Its adherents have a coherent sense of what God wants them to achieve on earth to earn rewards in the afterlife. Wokeism is in many ways a Marxist creed; it offers no hereafter. Wokeism divides society into myriad identities, whereas Islamists’ segmentation is simpler: believers and unbelievers, men and women.

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PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-11

   This is the final call to sanity IMO..  What were experiencing in the last bastions of personal freedom is revealed in these verses of scripture = 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12   For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

   The truth being: GOD is, and a rewarder of those diligently seeking Him.   It is 666 time = unregenerate man in religion, government, and person as the DELUDED reality in this world; as the love of GOD draws out the last possible genuine response to Himself.

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

Sep-11

All we need now is to get what Nostradamus had to say about all this! grinning

PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-11

   Sure, but what is the depth of purpose in the writings of Nostradamus?  Unbelief will deflect, what will belief do?  What is the heart of things believed without empirical evidence?

 

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)

Sep-11

What I meant is that it would heap crp on garbage!

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Sep-12

ElDotardo said:

Bob Woodward pulls out an old trick to down Trump

Yeah, having Trump sit down for 18 interviews, recording everything after Trump agreed it would all be recorded and it was all on the record.

What a cunning trickster!

Jenifer (Zarknorph)
Host

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Sep-12

Can you please just try to go one day without being a sexist pig?

PAULFROMNYS

From: PAULFROMNYS

Sep-12

   I assumed, but I can only respond to what you post, and I do so in hope.  Now that we have your over all sweeping assessment, perhaps in the future we can deal with specifics if you choose to respond or continue at all. 

ElDotardo

From: ElDotardo

Sep-12

Another fact-based piece ignored I see. Why bother when your snark is so meaningful *chuckle*?

 

Woodward Smears Trump for COVID Negligence

He alleges that the president downplayed the virus's seriousness for political reasons.

Former Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward released excerpts from his soon-to-be-released book, Rage, in which he alleges that President Donald Trump intentionally downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19 in early February, weeks before the pandemic hit the U.S. Regarding several phone interviews Woodward had with Trump, the Post summarizes:

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.

At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air.

Trump admitted to Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said.

While it’s clear that offering this excerpt is intended to goose book sales, the primary motive is one of political calculations. Woodward admits as much in defending the timing of the book’s release: “If I had done the story at that time about what he knew in February, that’s not telling us anything we didn’t know.” Woodward then adds, “That was the demarcation line for me. Had I decided that my book was coming out on Christmas, the end of this year, that would have been unthinkable.” Unthinkable because it would have been useless to Joe Biden’s campaign. In fact, suspiciously, on the evening of March 19, Biden released a statement alleging that Trump was using his words “to downplay COVID-19 and mislead the American people.”

Trump quickly responded to the story, noting that his motivation for downplaying the virus was concern for preventing unnecessary panic. “The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country,” Trump argued. “I love our country, and I don’t want people to be frightened… We don’t want to instill panic. We don’t want to jump up and down and start shouting that we have a problem.”

Trump also hit at Woodward’s obvious political motives, asserting, “Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!”

Dr. Anthony Fauci also rejected Woodward’s characterization of Trump’s pandemic response, stating, “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean, in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”

Further evidence that Woodward’s motives are primarily political came courtesy of his former Watergate journalist colleague, Carl Bernstein, who 
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