Terror Fears Rising & Political Correctness Kills
|Political Correctness: Tyranny of the Mind|
A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that fears of terrorist attacks are at their highest levels since the days immediately following 9/11. Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe a terrorist attack is likely to occur in the next few months. Terrorism also beat out the economy as the top concern among Americans.
Why are fears of terrorism sky high? I believe it is at least partly due to repeated examples of misfeasance by the Obama Administration. The president is clearly failing to inspire confidence. The CBS News/New York Times poll finds that 57% of Americans disapproved of Obama's handling of terrorism. It's not hard to understand why.
For starters, his administration can't even identify the source of the problem -- radical Islamic terrorism. When attacks take place, like in Benghazi, administration officials rush to cover them up and blame something else.
Even though they were repeatedly warned, government officials missed the Tsarnaev brothers.
Consider the case of the Fort Hood assassin. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was counseling returning soldiers and often accused them of committing war crimes. Other warning signs were repeatedly ignored because officials were paralyzed by political correctness.
Political Correctness Kills - Is left-wing political correctness responsible for the San Bernardino massacre? Perhaps in part. A whistleblower has come forward alleging that Obama Administration policies likely prevented authorities from stopping the San Bernardino attack.
Phil Haney, a counterterrorism analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, had been working on a program that tracked the movements of Islamic radicals. According to Haney, some of these radicals under observation had gone to the mosque attended by Syed Farook in 2012.
Haney contends that this program likely would have flagged Farook's connection to the mosque and Tashfeen Malik's connections to related radical overseas groups. Farook could have been placed on the no-fly list and Malik could have been subjected to additional scrutiny.
But we will never know what could have been because the Obama Administration shut down Haney's program, claiming it was "profiling" Muslims.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump often makes it easy for the left to attack conservatism. But the explanation for Donald Trump's success can be traced to the public's frustration with the failure of our government elites to adequately protect the American people.
In addition, there is a growing backlash to the oppression of left-wing lies, euphemistically called political correctness, which often prevents a real a discussion about the source of the danger and what should be done to prevent bad things from happening.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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