Muslim terrorists have long pushed the narrative that they are at war with the west in a “clash of civilizations.” It’s the death match they so long for between Islam and the infidels of western society. For most of post 9-11 America, this notion has been rejected by a majority of Americans. But, as we have seen since the Paris attacks, this idea of a “clash of civilizations” is gaining wide acceptance among a fearful American populace. A large segment of Americans now believe all Muslims are terrorists, or all terrorists are Muslim, and that we are indeed at war with the Muslim faith.
While this narrative is patently false, it is being shamefully hyped by many of the Republican presidential candidates, most notably Donald Trump. The frontrunner for the Republican nomination has irresponsbily called for warrantless searches of mosques and tracking Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion.”
Once again, as Trump’s rhetoric has become more repulsive, he has seen a spike in his poll numbers. In a recent NBC/SurveyMonkey online poll following the Paris attacks, Trump’s support is at 28%, Carson 18% (down eight points from the previous survey), Cruz 18%, Rubio 11% and Bush at 4%.
What Trump’s ascendency as the leading Republican candidate has done is put our country in a clash of its own; a clash of identity and direction; a fight for the soul of the country. And this is a good thing!
We, as Americans, need this fight. Whether it’s Trump or one of the other Republican fear-mongers, the results of the upcoming presidential election will show the country who we are as a nation and inform the world if we are the America they have long respected and admired.
While the Republican establishment will do all it can to derail a Trump nomination, it may be too late. Having Trump as the Republican standard bearer would be the best thing for our country. It could very well signal the death of the GOP or the start of a dark future for the land of the free.
Ever election is billed as the most important election we will ever face. This time around, it may actually be that.
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