And liberal culture goes into cardiac arrest.
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STRAW MAN: All over America, we’re seeing the influence of creeping Islam. … Women can be stoned to death for committing adultery.
WILL: No, they can’t. Actual laws are the only ones that are enforceable, including the one that says you can’t create religious laws. And the U.S. is in no more danger of coming under the rules of Sharia Law than it is the rules of Fight Club.
Will goes on to school her about how it’s actually American Christians who have a history of theocratic violence. He cites, among other examples, JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, an ardent admirer of that papal state the Soviet Union.
And there are plenty of examples of Sharia Law being cited in the United States. There’s the monstrous New Jersey judge who refused to grant a restraining order to a woman who had been sexually assaulted by her Muslim husband after he cited Sharia. There was Exxon Mobil’s dispute with a Saudi company where the judge consulted with experts on Islamic law. These are provable facts. Conservatives may or may not be wrong about “creeping Islam,” but they’re not leering at monsters under the bed.
But why engage the facts when it’s so much easier to scream categorical statements? On and on it goes. THERE IS NO VOTER FRAUD! Except 177 people have been convicted of voting illegally in Minnesota’s 2008 Senate election alone. SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS A SECULARIST! Then why was he trying to build the largest mosque in history and have an Islamic calligrapher write a Koran in his blood? THERE’S A SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE! Are there any scientists still defending the IPCC report?
The Newsroom provides an airtight world where characters make these proclamations and pushover conservatives (or cliché dissenting Republicans, as South Park once called them) never retaliate with pesky facts. Liberal culture is stuck in a loop, needing to reinforce its opinions over and over again.
It’s the same thing that’s happening at MSNBC where Meghan McCain is considered a reliable tap into the Republican psyche. Every evening it’s a drumbeat of the same stories while left-wing contributors smirk and nod vigorously. Conservative guests who could articulately challenge the conventional wisdom are rarely allowed on.
The Newsroom is several ideological heart attacks beyond even MSNBC. Thus does the Tea Party become the American Taliban (apparently Sorkin did discover Sharia in America). Cue the inspirational music. Roll the credits. As the horrified reviews have shown, it’s too much for even most progressives to digest.
HBO has already renewed The Newsroom for a second season. Thus Sorkin will once again have a platform to take up his sword and slice his way through a field of straw men before taking a deep bow in expectation of our gratitude.
He’ll insist that it’s high entertainment. But really, it all just feels exhausted.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?