Her efforts have been called “McCarthyism” by fellow Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison. And, just like Senator McCarthy, time will likely prove her to be correct. . . sadly. Just slightly over a decade after 9/11, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann had the “nerve” to suggest the there might be a problem with radical Islamic infiltration in the United States.
Now, granted- McCarthyism occasionally went too far in some instances (i.e. incorrectly blacklisting many Hollywood figures, which incidentally is how Ronald Reagan met Nancy Reagan), but in far too MANY instances, McCarthy’s fears were justified. Reagan himself was faced with fighting the infiltration of unabashed communists using Hollywood as a propaganda tool, and was on several occasions severely threatened with bodily harm. Breitbart.com writes “The steel behind the congenial smile was forged during some of the more intense altercations with Hollywood communists intent on taking over the union and organizing the film industry. “Thugs” attached to the “red-dominated” Conference of Studio Unions were significant players here, Kengor informs readers in his book. They went after Reagan personally and even threatened to throw acid on his face. Reagan began to carry a gun for his own personal safety and did not give any quarter.” Reagan recalls the time an actor friend of his, John Garfield, stood up for him during a heated debate and was quickly and forcefully silenced by actor Howard Da Silva in the back of the room. He died shortly after of a heart attack, but not before spilling all he knew of communist activities in Hollywood to the authorities. You’ve gotta wonder. . .
I have digressed, however- as we are not discussing the infiltration of communists in the 1940s and 50s, but rather the infiltration of radical Islamic groups into American culture.
I love how the Star Tribune titles the article about Bachmann and her concerns. Instead of something to the tune of “Bachmann’s concern about radical Islam drawing bipartisan rebukes,” which would more adequately describe her actions, the ever-fair Star Tribune names it “Bachmann’s attacks on Muslims drawing bipartisan rebukes”
Bachmann’s attacks on Muslims? Hardly. Bachmann has recently expressed concern that radical factions of Islam and their infiltration into the United States is a very real problem, and presents a very real danger. She has not targeted the religion as a whole. In this case in particular, the Muslim Brotherhood is the focus. For those who are unaware, the Muslim Brotherhood is an extremist faction of the religion, whose beliefs are summed up well in their own words: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” They also happen to believe that it is their mission to ”destroy Western civilization from within.”
Michele Bachmann, along with 4 other members of Congress, sent a letter to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence expressing the need for the Intelligence Community to fully understand the extent of the danger posed by the Brotherhood, and questioned the interaction of our federal government with this organization.
(To read the entire letter, please click here.)
Ah yes- quite the bigot, that Michelle Bachmann. At least that’s what most of today’s media would have you believe.
Bachmann also came under fire for her concern surrounding the process through which a person is vetted to obtain a high level security clearance within the federal government, specifically in the case of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief aide Huma Abedin:
“Her [Huma’s] brother was a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and her mother was a part of what’s called the Muslim Sisterhood. It would be, we have requirements to get a high level security clearance. One thing that the government looks at are your associations, and in particular your family associations. And this applies to everyone. It would be the same that is true with me. If my family members were associated with Hamas, a terrorist organization, that alone could be sufficient to disqualify me from getting a security clearance. So all we did is ask, did the federal government look into her family associations before she got a high level security clearance.”
Is that really too much to ask? Does that really merit a firestorm of cries of “racism” and “intolerance”? Call me crazy, but I’d really rather not have someone within arm’s reach (or in this case, the next family reunion) of a radical organization be able to obtain a high-level security clearance within the U.S. government. Shocking, I know, but let’s set the political correctness and jumps to conclusion aside here for a minute and BE REAL. (I’d like to express a special thanks to Senator John McCain and Speaker of the House John Boehner for turning this into some kind of attack on Ms. Abedin’s character, rather than where the focus aught to be- and that’s on the Muslim Brotherhood.)
Still not convinced there’s a problem?
Consider this: (Research courtesy of The Blaze)
Arif Alikahn: Believes Hezbollah (listed as a terrorist organization) is merely a “liberation movement.”
Salam al-Marayati: Strongly defended Hezbollah; founded the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) which has leadership associated with Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohamed Elibiary: Has openly praised Ayatollah Khomeini (leader of the Iranian Revolution) as a “Great Islamic Visionary.”
Rashad Hussain: Has participated in various groups and conferences directly and/or indirectly backed by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Imam Mohamed Magid: President of Islamic Society of North America, a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Eboo Patel: Spoke at an Islamic Society of North America conference and sat next to none other than Siraj Wahhaj, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and “who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and has defended the convicted WTC bombers. “
What do all these people have in common? Here are their titles:
Arif Alikahn: Former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy Development
Salam al-Marayati: nominated by Democratic House Leader Richard Gephardt to serve on the National Commission on Terrorism. Thankfully he was never confirmed.
Mohamed Elibiary: Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member
Rashad Hussain: State Department Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Imam Mohamed Magid: Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member (now THAT’S ironic)
Eboo Patel: Obama Administration Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
Ah yes, and it’s BACHMANN with the problem, right?
I wonder how many in America today truly understand the horrible danger that a group like the Muslim Brotherhood poses. We’re not dealing with some benevolent, peace-loving religious study group here. We’re dealing with an organization who openly wishes the demise of Western culture, and whose members openly view jihad as not only acceptable, but THE WAY. For those who do not know, there are two kinds of Jihad. The first is the greater jihad, or the struggle against oneself. The second is the lesser jihad, or the struggle against non Muslims. I’d say that the phrase “Jihad is our way” juxtaposed with a belief that Western society must be destroyed from within doesn’t exactly indicate an introspective meditation as to how to better oneself.
We have to understand and come to terms with the fact that there are people in this world who wish to see the fall of the United States and Western Culture. All Bachmann and her fellow members of Congress did was to address this fact in light of the evidence to suggest this may be happening sooner than later, and it would behoove U.S. Intelligence to realize it and take action.