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Tyrone and Lena

The Two Americas of Tyrone Woods and Obama commercial's Lena Dunham.

By 10.30.12

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Tyrone Woods.

Lena Dunham.

There are Two Americas out there.

One is represented by Tyrone Woods. 

Mr. Woods, recall, was one of two Navy Seals (Glen Doherty was the other) who rushed to the aid of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, and other Americans in the Benghazi consulate and were murdered by terrorists. Specifically, according to their own boastful claims, murdered by members of Ansar al-Sharia, an al Qaeda offshoot seeking the ultimate Islamic supremacist goal of imposing the totalitarianism that is Sharia everywhere around the globe. In this case, in eastern Libya.

The other America may be said to be represented by Lena Dunham. Ms. Dunham, recall, is the young actress from the HBO series Girls who is featured in this Obama commercial prattling on about

Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy… somebody who really cares about and understands women.

She's talking about voting, (her voting "first time" was with Obama in 2008) but in the way of the progressive mind the idea is that she's discussing something else like….hmmmmm….oh, yes…sex. You got that, right? The cute bit is the idea of sex when she really means voting. I know, I know. What a knee-slapper.

Trying to relive the Baby Boom Generation, Ms. Dunham is clueless that she's decades late, laughably uncool and embarrassingly unhip. One amusing side effect of the Baby Boom generation is that having broken every rule in the book, not to mention inventing modern feminism, post the Baby Boomers younger generations have no rules left to break that weren't thoroughly trashed years ago. Sex? Drugs? Rock and roll? Protest? Outrage? Women's equality? Girls doing their own thing? Baby Boomers wrote the book. Dunham (and in fairness she's not the first) is simply the latest wannabe, a hilariously cheap knock-off.

Even more amusing are those who have rushed to Dunham's defense, as with this from Amanda Marcotte over at Slate in a surely unintentionally self-descriptive piece titled "Lena Dunham Ad Brings Out the Crazies." 

Sexy young white women are the rightful property of Republican men, and Obama is stealing them from you and filling their heads with this ridiculous notion that they own themselves.

Ah, but of course. It's all about race. What else would you expect from the latest heiress to the party of slavery, segregation, lynching, the Klan, racial quotas and illegal immigration?

The Nation proclaimed Dunham's ad to be "sexy, controversial and hip" -- a telling if inadvertent clue to just how far the standard for "sexy, controversial and hip" has plummeted since the 1960s.

Yet Dunham's ad, coming as it does more or less at the same time as the understanding of just how and most importantly why Tyrone Woods died is a telling slice of what John Edwards used to call the "Two Americas." Edwards, however, was talking about the eternal class warfare that rich liberals love to provoke once they've got their own millions and set about busily trying to keep the unwashed middle class eternally middle.

The "Two Americas" represented by Woods and Dunham are cultural.

Tyrone Woods was murdered by the disciples of Ansar al-Sharia. And what does Ansar al-Sharia want? They want the likes of Lena Dunham wrapped in veils, kept education-less and book-less not to mention video-less. If Ansar al-Sharia and their various allies around the globe have their way, Lena Dunham would be treated exactly as was Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for the crime of urging girls to read.

And it is the Tyrone Woods of the world who are out there every single day where their lives are literally on the line doing their damndest to protect a 26-year-old Lena Dunham's right to act like a "Girl" on HBO.

But where is Dunham politically? Oh right. She's with the guy who knew Tyrone Woods was trapped there in Benghazi determined to rescue his colleagues from some seriously deadly war-on-women types. She's with the guy who denied help to Tyrone Woods and his battle against Sharia-obsessed Islamic supremacists not once. Not twice. But three times. She's with the guy who thinks al Qaeda has been defeated because he killed Osama bin Laden -- yet is mystified that Tyrone Woods would come under attack in the first place.

Or why.

And Barack Obama is "somebody who really cares about and understands women"?

Really? Wow. Talk about clueless.

This is a guy who can't even bring himself to chastise his own grandmother for celebrating the joys of wife-beating. Because, don't you know, beating wives is OK with Granny Sarah and all those students whose Sharia educations she funds on the many dimes of Barack Obama's reputation with people exactly like Lena Dunham.

Over at PJ Media is a review of a book by Dr. Andrew Bostom, Sharia States: Totalitarian to the Core. The review is excellent -- and the book has a blurb, I should mention, by our friend Andrew McCarthy, the prosecutor of the Blind Sheikh. (Andy McCarthy was also kind enough to write this last week about our Obama Knew column.)

Among other points, the review notes that Sharia "prohibits political freedoms as well as freedoms of conscience, faith, and expression (both oral and written)."

Which is to say, Lena Dunham (not to mention HBO, Amanda Marcotte, or the Nation) would be flatly prohibited from writing a word. Much less allowed to take to a television camera to tape Girls or any other show, her Obama commercial included.

But there is a woman who was the subject of a video in the world Tyrone Woods was fighting.

This woman's video -- is quite unlike Lena Dunham's video where the subject wears a sleeveless T-shirt and sports a tattoo. No, this woman is shrouded in cloth from head to toe. She doesn't look at the camera. She looks the other way, waiting. Waiting for what? For her execution for committing adultery. Quickly, the moment arrives. She is shot -- nine times. Note: You Tube requires a password to view because of the graphic nature of the video.

Unlike Malala, this woman does not survive.

This is what Tyrone Woods gave his life fighting for on the streets of Benghazi. This is an American hero who did the ultimate in a real war on women that Lena Dunham (or Sandra Fluke or the head of Planned Parenthood) cannot begin to grasp. Or simply refuse to acknowledge. 

A war on women that, yes indeed, Barack Obama by design, incompetence, or an ideological soft spot has used the resources of the U.S. government to encourage.

A war on women that Lena Dunham clearly doesn't understand -- or she would be out there with her HBO friends making a television show about men who kill women in the name of Islam. If she -- and HBO -- had the courage.

The irony here?

The America that leftist women have such contempt for -- the America that believes in a moral obligation to respect women, to make sure they have an education, read books, and have the opportunity to make videos and television shows to their hearts content -- that America is sending its sons and daughters to protect those rights. To die for those rights.

It is exactly that America that sent Tyrone Woods to fight Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi.

It is exactly that America that sent Tyrone Woods to fight Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi so that Lena Dunham can sit at peace in Brooklyn with her tattoo and her sleeveless T-shirt and her wink-wink on-camera prattlings about first-times. So that Amanda Marcotte can play with her race cards at Slate.

It is exactly that America that sent Tyrone Woods to fight Ansar al-Sharia so Ms. Dunham can cut a commercial for a candidate who turned his back when an American son needed help fighting against deeply serious men who deeply hate women in ways that Lena Dunham clearly cannot begin to fathom.

Will HBO be doing a television show about Tyrone Woods? Will Lena Dunham be writing a TV show about Malala or the anonymous woman who was shot 9 times for allegedly committing adultery?

What do you think?

In the world of Two Americas, not likely. Unfortunately, it's not the first time.

Two Americas are going to vote on election day. Two names will be on the ballot: Romney and Obama.

But what's really on the ballot election day is a choice between the America of Tyrone Woods and the America of Lena Dunham.

Enough said.

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Jeffrey Lord is a former Reagan White House political director and author. He writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com.