Like all Americans and civilized citizens of the globe, I am angry at the carnage and tragedy in Paris this weekend. I am angry that innocents were killed, lives disrupted. and fear is unleashed again.
But I am also angry that much of the response has been uninformed, intolerant, and foolish.
I'm angry that foolish and narrow-minded wanna-be officials suggest we close our borders.
Bobby Jindal: Folks, it’s time for us in America to close our borders and keep our people safe,” the Louisiana governor told the crowd at the Florida Republican Party’s Sunshine Summit. (Palm Beach Post)
Even as those who actually are investigating the Paris attacks say all involved were European Nationals.
“Let me underline, the profile of the terrorists so far identified tells us this is an internal threat,” Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, said after a meeting with EU foreign ministers. (The Telegraph)
I'm even angrier that true fools suggest that we should have a religious test for those who come in.
Sen. Ted Cruz Sunday continued to call for Muslim refugees from Syria to be barred from entering the United States but opening the borders to displaced Christians, arguing there is not a "meaningful risk" that Christians will commit terrorist acts. (Washington Post)
I am angry that Senator Cruz is a man who surely knows better. Who, I am certain, does not include radical Christian groups like these when he says there is "no meaningful risk" from Christians, but who paints with a broad brush because it plays better with his political base.
I am angry that Jeb Bush is still true to his Bush heritage and --of course--wants to take us to war. Which worked so well for his brother in Iraq.
I am angry because we have allowed carnival barkers, clowns, and fools to be treated as if they are serious people who really can lead this county.
I am angry because when all of these ridiculous things are focused on, we are deterred from focusing on doing things that can really make a difference. Like sharpening our intelligence efforts, reviewing our interventionist policies, coalescing with our allies, and attacking ISIS with not just vengeance but coordinated, planned, and prepared retaliation.
That takes serious people. Intelligent people. Who think in layers not bumper stickers.
It is time to turn off Fox News, send the clown car back to the circus and demand intellect and gravitas in our elected officials (and those who want to be). We are not in a TV talk show, we are in a serious and dangerous world.