Forrest BurtnetteYou know what’s strange—a Chinese woman Yang Feng Glan, a.k.a. “The Queen of Ivory”, is thought to be the most notorious ivory trafficker of the last decade and was just arrested in East Africa. She’s smuggled at least 706 elephant tusks out of Africa. However, when that American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a few months ago was front page news everywhere, Facebook was blowing up with outraged people saying the dentist should hang. Isn’t it weird that this Yang Feng Glan woman, who had a whole poaching network got hardly any mention in Facebook posts? I don’t recall one person posting about it. Here’s the reason, and it’s the same reason that no liberal ever, ever posts about the completely evil things ISIS is doing.  A Christian with a certain viewpoint that’s unpopular with the left is excoriated, but a coming worldwide Islamic caliphate full of beheadings, drownings, setting people on fire, burying people alive etc. is ignored. Yawn… Who cares? Let’s post instead about a policeman that was totally rude to a black person breaking the law. This same insular blindness also came out in the recent democratic debate. Jim Webb was the most respectable person on the stage, a war hero and a scholar who has a sober view of threats facing us. But the candidates getting traction are the ones attacking their fellow American citizens who happen to be on the other side of the political aisle.

Putting all this together, we have entered an age where the liberal majority is so drunk on silencing and shaming conservative Americans that they are blind to many contemporary disturbing realities. The left spends all this energy on the gun toting American hunter because he is a symbol—a symbol of somebody very different from them. No typical American leftist would ever go lion hunting in Africa. So the dentist becomes a clear target for them to vent their rage on, and in turn make them feel good about themselves, coming together in solidarity under the banner of moral superiority. Similarly, with the Islamic State and radical Islamic terrorism in general, the left has been so busy for the last four decades attacking people like Mike Huckabee and Jerry Falwell, that they totally miss the fact that radical islamists are hell bent on destroying us and have infiltrated the West to such a large extent that we now must live in fear, and must compromise our Western values for fear of offending Muslims, or worse, experiencing the feel of a knife on our throats. Islamists spouting hate speech from their mosques are given a free pass, but you better believe someone saying that a town should keep “Christmas” in its holiday celebration, or should keep prayer in school etc., is completely ripped apart by the dogs on the left. Are we completely insane? Has the left’s hunt for red meat replaced logical thinking and understanding of real threats? Have we turned on ourselves so much that we have become completely stupid?

The left is more intolerant than any other group. 99.9% of  speakers that come to college campuses are from the left, yet if a right leaning speaker come to campus, you better believe that there will be obnoxious protests trying to shut the speaker down. The tolerant left is extremely intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them.

In the Romney/Obama presidential debate, when Romney said one of the biggest international threats was from Russia, Obama mocked Romney’s statement, getting applause from the clowns in the audience. In following days Sarah Palin expressed big concerns about Russia’s designs, and she also was ridiculed. Well, look at the world today. It turns out Romney, Palin (and Jim Webb) are completely right about Russia’s malevolent intentions, while Obama continues to be bitch-slapped by Putin.

Obama looks like a total fool in the eyes of the world. But reality doesn’t matter to the left. The fact that the Middle East is falling apart, radical Islam is spreading at an alarming rate throughout the world, and Russia is replacing us as a geo-political arbiter in world affairs is of no concern to the left. Their only concern is that Obama continue refraining from calling terrorism “Islamic terrorism” because it may offend peaceful Muslims. Have we gone completely insane?? Of course not every Muslim is a violent terrorist, but to deny Islam leads to most of the violent terrorism today is like denying smoking leads to most of the world’s lung cancer. Of course not every Muslim is going to blow up a plane, and of course not every smoker will develop lung cancer, but denying strong correlation is a fool’s game.

So let’s recap, and really understand the playbook of liberals today. Go after Rick Perry, the Minnesota lion hunter, Confederate flag waving Southerners, Kim Davis, and other Americans that have alternative views from the left’s orthodoxy. Focus your hatred on fellow Americans, that do not harm or threaten you in any way, but instead hold differing political and religious views from you. Ignore ISIS, ignore illegal immigration and the gangs, rapes and murders it brings, ignore international threats like Iran, Russia, China and North Korea, ignore the slow death of Christianity and Western civilization, ignore nuclear bombs in the hands of Islamic countries led by radical preachers, ignore the enormous Federal debt that we are passing on to our children and grandchildren—in other words, ignore real problems, and instead keep tilting at windmills. Keep fighting the ridiculous fights that give solidarity to your left-wing base and avoid venturing into the world of reality—a world of real danger and consequences.

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Forrest is a James Madison University graduate and has lived in Albemarle County for the last 15 years. He is married with kids and likes economics, history, politics, traveling, languages.and music among many other things.

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