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No matter how many times Congressman King emphasized that most Muslims are good people, or as he put it, “outstanding Americas”, the accusations of McCarthyism kept coming. By now King has been accused of McCarthyism more often than the actual McCarthy. And for the same reason.
Accusations of McCarthyism were a convenient way for the left to avoid addressing their affinity for an ideology that had killed millions of people and kept hundreds of millions of people as virtual slaves. It was a way of placing debate on the entire topic of Communism off limits by denigrating it as “Red-Baiting”. Today accusations of “Islamophobia” serve the same purpose.
By now Terrorism Denial is a well-oiled machine with prepared talking points. Deniers fall back on false historical analogies. Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clark claimed that Pearl Harbor was a terrorist attack and brought up the Japanese internment camps; a policy of her own party. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee brought up segregation and compared the surveillance of Martin Luther King with the surveillance of Muslim Brotherhood student groups.
Then there was the preemptive victimization. Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson joined Patel in suggesting that even discussing the topic would result in attacks on Muslims. Congressman Hansen Hashim Clarke brought up his devout Muslim father who helped build one of the first mosques in Michigan, condemned the hearings for undermining religious freedom and ranted about being the victim of profiling because he was frequently asked for his identification on Capitol Hill.
Democratic Congressman Al Green joined the profiling victimization express by announcing that “Apparently I look Muslim, because people shout some very ugly things at me and associate me with Islam.”
The Democrats went into the hearings, as they usually do, with a small number of talking points, developed and coordinated with left-wing think tanks. They demanded hearings to address radicalized Christianity, questioned the credentials of the Muslim witnesses and asserted that Muslims were cooperating so well in the War on Terror that there was nothing left to discuss.
But the only thing that they really brought to the hearing was their commitment to Terrorism Denial. This Terrorism Denial was not merely motivated by ignorance, though most of the Democratic members showed a disturbing degree of it, it was motivated by corruption.
The local alliances between Democrats and groups such as CAIR and the global alliance between the Obama Administration and the Muslim Brotherhood are threatened by Congressman King’s hearings. Before September 11, Islamism was ignored out of carelessness; today it is being ignored as a calculated move to dispel questions about the political connections of the Democratic Party. When the Democrats try to sabotage hearings on Islamic radicalism, they are doing it not so much to protect the terrorists, as to protect themselves.
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