In an attempt to stave off a civil war in the ranks, Democratic leaders are scrambling to unite behind a candidate for the party’s chairmanship – and have landed for now on a Nation of Islam / Louis Farrakhan-linked congressman.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress and a leading progressive among House Democrats, already has picked up the backing of both the Democratic Party’s left – with support from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – and its establishment, receiving endorsements from Senate leaders Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and retiring Harry Reid, D-Nev.
“9/11 is the juggernaut in American history and it allows… it’s almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire,” Ellison said, according to a Daily Telegraph report in 2007. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.” Ellison was referring to President George W. Bush.
Now let me get this straight. The Democratic Party is supposedly the party of equal rights for women, gays, feminism and abortion rights. Yet a prominent advocate of Islam may become the leader of their party apparatus. You know, Islam: the ideological-political movement so hostile to gay marriage that it executes gays; and so opposed to a woman’s right to choose anything (let alone abortion) that women must cover their faces in public.
How will gays, lesbians and women interested in abortion rights and equality for women fit in with a Democratic Party increasingly devoted to advancing the cause of Islam? We’re talking here about the ultimate religious right-wing. On their most disapproving day, evangelical Christians in Texas or Alabama cannot begin to compare to the socially conservative Muslims, even the type who don’t want to chop off your head for disagreeing with them.
Now that I think of it, it makes a lot of sense that Islam and progressive Democrats have so much in common. Particularly since the Republican sweep of the government in last week’s election, many Democrats have publicly threatened mayhem and murder against those who dared to vote for the candidate they did not want. That’s really not so different from the visceral intolerance of Muslims.
Democrats are so interested in showing themselves, each other and the world-at-large how sensitive and open-minded they supposedly are, that they’ll open up their party to an ideological movement committed to the annihilation of many of their own members. Remarkable.
Still, merging socially liberal and economically socialist Democrats into a party with infidel-hating Muslims will stretch the concept of a “Big Tent” beyond anything we’ve seen to date. Something tells me it’s not going to end well.
Lucky for Democrats that Republicans won’t jail 9/11 deniers like Obama’s Attorney General threatened to jail climate change deniers. But if we ever let a party like this anywhere near our military apparatus again, we are truly done.
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