You Don’t Meet Outrage and Hatefulness With Timidity

ELDER PATRIOT – “People are thinking way too much about winning the political poll game here, rather than taking this head on,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told RealClearPolitics. “You don’t meet outrage and hatefulness with timidity.” – During an interview with Rebecca Berg of RCP.

That was South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham’s admonishment to his Republican colleagues who he accused of having a tepid response to Donald Trump’s strategy for dealing with the security issues that accompany the surge of Syrian “refugees” seeking admission to our country.

The full text of Trump’s press release from which the false outrage came follows:

(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015, — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.

Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.” – Donald J. Trump

In light of worldwide terrorism doubling in the past year, and the fact that the United States, Russia, Britain and France are actively engaged in a war on terror using airstrikes, naval forces and ground troops to try to calm an entire region of the world that is raging from terrorism, Trump’s call for a temporary moratorium on immigrants from that region, while we sort things out, makes infinite sense if the safety of American citizens is your paramount concern.

Though the mainstream media and the Republican establishment have gone into overdrive to paint Trump’s release as calling for a permanent ban on Muslims to prove he’s some king of a bigot, he suggested it be temporary as even a second-grader of moderate comprehension skills could tell you after his first reading. 

What would the alternative be, to continue current immigration plans with only a promise that we will somehow improve the vetting process even as our security experts are saying that’s not possible? 

The media and Trump’s political opponents conveniently avoid discussion of FDR’s internment of American citizens during WW II, or Jimmy Carter barring Iranians from entering the U.S. during the Iranian hostage crisis.  Trump’s proposal stops far short of these indefinite executive actions asking only for the time necessary “for our representatives to figure out what is going on.” 

Apparently the representatives who oppose Trump aren’t comfortable bearing the burden of figuring out a different solution so they would rather turn it into a political hot potato and toss it back at Trump with the help of the media.  If they run from that responsibility now what does that tell us about their leadership skills if they were to become president?  I’m waiting for even a single one to step forward with an alternative plan that would work.

It would seem that Senator Graham’s comment, “You don’t meet outrage and hatefulness with timidity” better applies to those who show mock outrage towards Trump than to someone whose initial reaction is a meaningful and forceful response to what has become an existential threat.

The fact is Alpha males win wars and Trump is an Alpha male.