The Left in America and Europe is undermining efforts to defeat ISIS and radical Islam, and the march of Sharia through Western institutions is happening with tacit support from the left. Evidence of that tacit partnership lies all around us.
It’s not just Barack Obama’s ideology at work here, although he has been a major part of the problem. Supporting the march of Islam is consistent with the global mission of the galaxy of neo-Marxist, “third-world-liberationists” inhabiting American cultural institutions, who have always wanted to “transform” America.
The left wants Islam not only tolerated across the globe but invited and welcomed inside the gates and into our schools, our entertainment, our military our legislatures, and yes, the White House.
If this alliance seems like strange bedfellows and a strange mixture like oil on water, consider that the rudimentary fact that the political left and Radical Islam have a common enemy: us.
- The left hates United States’ sovereignty, capitalism, Christianity, and the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. To the left, anything that helps undermines those institutions is an ally, not an enemy.
- That Islam does not share the left’s vision of utopia is irrelevant. To the left, Islam, like the rest of the “Third World,” is one of the many victims of Western Imperialism. To the left, Islam’s anger and hatred of the West is understandable because they have legitimate grievances against us. And so, in the broad sweep of history, Islam is seen as an ally in the struggle to defeat and replace a corrupt, racist, selfish, imperialistic Western Civilization.
The two partners do not need to coordinate their daily activities. It is enough that their work supports the same goal, the weakening of the West. Thus, there is today an unspoken, unholy alliance that stands in the way of effective resistance to radical Islam.
The political and cultural left, led by President Obama, is giving aid and comfort to ISIS and Radical Islam every day in dozens of ways, large and small. Let’s look briefly at only three glaring examples.
The most obvious evidence of this not-so-secret alliance is the open refusal to name Radical Islam as an enemy. This is not a matter of semantics. If you can’t name the enemy, an enemy that has declared war against you and is committing acts of violence against you every day, you can’t wage a serious fight against it, which is a set of blinders and handcuffs which serve the enemy’s interests very well.
Second, there is the growing problem of Muslim immigration. A rational, common sense approach is to at least suspend Muslim immigration a few years until the threat of radical Islam has been contained and the problem of weak assimilation is overcome.
The need for a halt to Muslim immigration is so obvious that ordinary folks have a hard time understanding the opposition to it. But to the left, that would be punishing the victim by denying Muslims “an equal chance at the American dream.”
That a devout Muslim does not – cannot– share the American dream is irrelevant to the left—neither do they! To the left, like all third-world migrants who insist on retaining their own culture and resisting assimilation, Muslims are the “New Americans” who are helping displace and replace the culture of “old white men.”
Third, there is the steady march of Sharia law into the American legal system, a march which the Left does not oppose. Sharia is totally contrary to the Bill of Rights and thus, inevitably and dangerously undermines the pillars of our society.
Add to these examples the Obama efforts to weaken the American military and you have a picture that should cause nightmares.
America’s traditional institutions and values are equally anathema to both Obama and to Radical Islam. That much is as clear as the crescent on the ISIS flag. But the unwritten alliance goes beyond ideological symmetry.
Treason is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” This provision in our Constitution is mirrored in statute as well.
- Notice that “levying war” against the United States does not depend on there being a formal declaration of war by Congress. It includes giving “aid and comfort” to an enemy who has declared war on us.
- The enemy who has declared war on the United States is Radical Islam, a war carried out by acts conducted by ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their many appendages like Hezbollah.
- Yet, we do not declare war on radical Islam. Why not?
I am not suggesting that Obama and the left have the exact same goals as ISIS; no, they do not want to live in a world controlled by the imams and ayatollahs of radical Islam.
No, Obama and the left do not want to throw gays off roofs of buildings or burn apostates alive, but that is beside the point. Hitler and Mussolini and Imperial Japan did not share the same vision of a perfect world. But they had a common enemy, the United States, and so they cooperated.
ISIS is the point of the spear, but the spear itself is Islam. Sharia is an integral part of Islam, and for a devout Muslim to renounce Sharia is the equivalent of a Christian renouncing the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule. The so-called “moderate Muslims” who have assimilated to Western culture are Muslims who do NOT follow all the dictates of the Koran and do not agitate for adoption of Sharia.
But neither are they organizing rallies to protest and condemn the murderous atrocities of ISIS. Why not?
The American left, including its spokesman Barack Obama and his surrogate in the universities and the media, often seem to hate America as intensely as ISIS hates Jews, Christians and all “infidels.” Obama and the left profess to love America, but it is always the New America, a transformed America, a nation shorn of the values that made it the greatest nation in the history of the world.
The “New America” worthy of Obama’s love and loyalty is remarkably similar to the rest of the world, the world from which immigrants are fleeing, a member of the United Nations serving Mankind through the sharing of wealth and the destruction of capitalism.
That New America, an America worthy of the left’s loyalty, is an America that will only pay lip service to opposing the “excesses” of ISIS but not oppose the spread of Sharia, is a nation with no ideological enemies because it has abandoned the Constitution, and the truths of the Declaration of Independence.
Hatred of America’s heritage and America’s exceptionalism and America’s economic and military strength is not only the glue that unites the left, it is the moral currency that finances Islam’s war against the West. Obama must know this.
Unless all Americans begin to understand this poison which is so prominent in our culture, we cannot begin to win the war against ISIS and radical Islam.
Tom Tancredo is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Foundation and founder and co-chairman of Team America PAC.
Tom represented Colorado’s sixth congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2009, and he is a former presidential candidate.
He is the author of In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security.