So, I had plans this week to cover all the usual crap we all wade through week after week in this 2016 election campaign. I was going to touch on the not-at-all exciting Democratic debate in Iowa, in which Hillary Clinton claimed that Wall Street gives her millions of dollars because, you know, 9/11. I was going to discuss Ben Carson’s terrible stabbing skills, Trump calling out Starbucks and the Wall Street Journal, Ron Paul’s and Chris Christie’s recent strong debate performances, and Hillary’s ridiculous “I almost joined the Marines” story. As it turns out, I am not going to touch on any of that.
Nope, Paris happened instead, and all that other shit got flushed down my mental toilet, only to be replaced by The Rage. You all know The Rage. It is that feeling when you see a journalist beheaded, and you hear the taunt of the self-proclaimed Islamic defender holding up the severed head of some 25-year-old who was just doing his job. It is The Rage you feel when you hear about gay men being thrown off buildings in Iraq and Syria. It is the same you feel when a Jordanian pilot is burned alive inside a cage. You feel The Rage when you bear witness to the savagery committed by the animals we face, and you long to do something about it, to boot-stomp them back into the medieval shit-hole from which they crawled, the self-designated defenders and interpreters of an entire religion.
In terms of American politics and the 2016 election, we may very well have arrived at a tipping point. While the president goes to heroic lengths to avoid ascribing these barbarities to Islam—and George W. Bush did the same, professing that we were not at war with Islam—it appears that a critical mass of Americans no longer believe that, and have joined with ISIS in coming to the conclusion that we are, in fact, at war with radical Islam.
People in America’s heartland, for whom I hesitate to speak of in broad terms—and yet, will try—are sick and tired of hearing the theological academic arguments from the elites that ISIS and al-Qa’ida do not represent true Islam, and thus should be seen only as “extremists,” or “terrorists,” or whatever the name du jour might be. Your common American has no time for these meaningless academic debates when Jihadi John lops off another head, and eight pieces of human garbage shoot-up unarmed civilians on the streets of Paris. America’s blood is boiling.