Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh can thank the announcement on Paul Ryan for diverting some of the attention from remarks he made last week that are turning into an ugly debate over political correctness, Islamophobia, and whether the GOP harbors an anti-Muslim bias. With weekend news reports of a pellet gun being fired at a Chicago area mosque on Friday, we have all the makings for a firestorm over a congressman not only exercising his right to speak his mind, but telling anyone who has been paying attention what they should already know about Islamic extremism.
Securing our homeland is a tough job. Not only do we have to monitor the ports, skies, and borders, the 9/11 terrorist attacks proved we also need to worry about who we let in our door and what they do while they are here. A new government report questions how well Homeland Security’s TSA monitors the identities, criminal records, and immigration status of those attending U.S.
How could anyone be surprised that Homeland Security is being less than forthcoming with the information on criminal alien removals requested by the House Judiciary Committee? Obama administration officials and DHS have repeatedly told us their strategy for dealing with illegal immigration, so it should not come as a shock when we discover that criminal aliens are being sorted according to their offenses.
Anyone feel a little uncomfortable listening to talk about tolerance during the buildup to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Does the rhetoric sound more like a demand? Americans are tolerant but we will not, under any circumstances, marginalize what happened on 9/11, or allow the memory of that day to be manipulated by those portraying America as a nation that fears outsiders, and rejects those who are different.
Life is cruel. Harry Reid finally made a statement with which many of us agree, albeit through a hired mouthpiece, suggesting that the Ground Zero Mosque should be located somewhere other than Ground Zero. In return, the senator has been harangued with accusations that he is distancing himself from the president out of fear for his reelection campaign.