When terror comes will we choose partisanship over patriotism?
The world is both in mourning and angry about the cowardly terrorist attacks in Paris this week. There’s been an outpouring of grief and condolences and support as nation after nation stands in solidarity with the French. But I’ve been wondering, when radical Islamist terrorists bring this coordinated terror to our shores, will we stand together or fall apart?
In 2001, George W. Bush assumed the presidency under a cloud of suspicion. His brother, Florida governor Jeb Bush, had purged voter roles of mostly black voters and the conservative U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision (which the majority practically admitted was bogus declaring the case could not be used as precedent) handed the election to George Bush. Over 500,000 more Americans wanted Al Gore to be president than Bush.
Despite half the country feeling as though Bush was an illegitimate president, when terrorists attacked us on 9/11 Americans checked their partisanship at the door. The U.S. Congress gathered on the Capitol steps and spontaneously broke into “God Bless America.” Americans rushed to donate blood and money and do whatever they could for victims. By the end of September George W. Bush’s approval rating reached the highest of any president in history at 90%. Democrats and independents who did not vote for him and questioned his legitimacy rallied behind their country’s leader during this most devastating attack and threat.
But when we’re attacked again, will Republicans and independents that loathe President Obama rally behind him? Mark my words, an awful attack is coming. We’re a nation that already has horrific school and workplace shootings. Two idiot brothers set off pressure cooker bombs during the Boston Marathon and paralyzed a city. So imagine if a dozen or more ISIS recruits in ten different states build improvised explosive devices, buy AR-15s in states where private sales are allowed without background checks and they attack schools, shopping malls and aboard an Amtrak train. Perhaps others poison foodstuffs with ricin. If hundreds die and hundreds more are injured would Americans shove partisanship aside and react with patriotism and come together, rallying behind our leader like we did before?
Don’t count on it.
All we have to do is look at the reaction to the 2009 Fort Hood shootings, the 2009 Christmas Day attempted underwear bombing by a Nigerian terrorist on a plane heading to Detroit, Michigan, the Obama Administration’s decision to try some suspects in civilian courts and the Benghazi attack. The Benghazi attack, which resulted in four dead Americans, has been investigated by more Republican committees than the September 11th attacks that killed nearly 3,000! With every attempted terrorist attack former vice-president Dick Cheney and assorted Republican politicians and talking heads have criticized the president.
The opposition has never rallied behind the president. Even when President Obama announced the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden Republicans and conservatives made sure to applaud the SEALs and snub the president.
It’s painfully obvious that should a large scale terrorist attack hit this country the president’s haters, far from rallying around their country and commander-in-chief, will blame him for the attack.
Even now, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz says President Obama “does not want to defend this country.” The president that has deported more people than his predecessor, got Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Jihadi John among many others on “kill lists,” ordered the rescue of an American captain held by Somali pirates, orders covert special forces raids in multiple countries and has bombed more countries than President George W. Bush and ordered nine times as many drone strikes doesn’t want to defend this country.
Shut up, Ted.
The terrorists make no distinction between conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, race, religion, sex or age of their victims. They will gleefully murder the president’s children as fast as they’ll kill yours. They see us all as Americans, even if we don’t.
When the Truthers appeared on the scene claiming the 9/11 attacks were an inside job, a false flag operation coordinated by President Bush, you didn’t see Democratic politicians giving credence to those ridiculous theories. Something tells me that far too many Republican politicians won’t offer the president the same courtesy should a new conspiracy theory arise connecting the president to a terrorist attack.
It’s sad and pathetic to me that some Americans can’t help but put party and partisanship over patriotism. Some of the same voices in this country speaking the loudest about standing with France against extremism won’t bother to stand with their own president when that horror visits this country.
What I’d like to ask them is, “Do you hate President Obama more than you love America?”