I for one have had enough. Last Wednesday when Rudy Giuliani made his first ignorant remark, and someone put it on the internet, that should have been the end of his half-minute of fame. Giuliani is a Republican, but his significance within the party is nil. He will never be elected to public office, and he is laughable to the majority of the American people.
We have had enough from flag wavers who claim to be patriots when in fact their loyalty belongs to whoever gives them the most money. True patriots are the men and women who struggle every day of their lives to support their families. True patriots prove their love for their country by questioning authority, not accepting everything they hear as fact.
Patriotism and love for our country is not demonstrated by wearing a flag pin on your lapel, or from words which have no meaning behind them. If a politician is a true patriot, he or she will do the right thing for the majority of our nation’s people, not special interests. A nation is comprised of people. A nation is not land within a geographical boundary; love of country means love for its people.
Giuliani does nothing for our nation’s people, while President Obama has accomplished some of his goals for the working class. It is Giuliani who doesn’t love his country.
Now we have other members of the GOP chiming in, and they are as insignificant as Giuliani.
A former member of Congress representing the TEA Party, and who frequently made statements just as ignorant as Giuliani, commended him for his remarks. Michelle Bachman, who we thought had been eliminated from the media, used the opportunity to take another cheap shot at the President. In addition to defending Giuliani, and heaping praise on him for being the Mayor of New York City during the 9/11 disaster, she condemned Mr. Obama’s policy towards ISIS. She continued the Republican practice of using fear tactics.
Before making ill-informed statements, those who clamor to be in the public eye should get their facts straight.
I condemn the President’s actions as will; I don’t believe we should have any involvement with ISIS. These are the facts. ISIS is not comprised of Islamic radicals. Millions of Americans believe that claiming to be a Muslim makes you a Muslim. If they took the time to read even a part of the Quran they would know that ISIS is merely a group of thugs who want to have their own way. They could be called a cult because they blindly follow leaders who tell them what they want to hear, thereby controlling their lives.
ISIS is not a danger to the United States. ISIS forces number approximately 20,000. The armies of Islamic nations in the area are huge, boasting hundreds of thousands of ground troops, and thousands of tanks and airplanes. The inevitability that ISIS would eventually attack Muslim nations has occurred. It is their war, not ours.
When Giuliani, Bachman, and Darrell Issa say that Mr. Obama criticizes America, they are partly correct. He has never made disparaging remarks about America as a whole; however, he has been critical of certain Americans. We must focus on the fact that the United States of America is 320 million people, and loving your country means loving all 320 million people, not just the one-percent.
Now, can we please return to reporting positive and intelligent comments from those who have something important to say? Maybe I shouldn’t have said that; that would mean that we would not report anything politicians have to say, and that’s not good for business.
Commentary by James Turnage