May 18, 2012
The Romney campaign has a new series of videos focusing on the 23,000,000 Americans out of work. I think they’re both pretty good:
While the video is way too long for TV, it can easily be edited into 30-second spots. Bonus points to anyone who noticed the tombstone in the graveyard shot with the name “CARTER” on it. Well played, Romney-ites. Well-played.
This one reminds the viewers of the non-union workers at auto-parts maker Delphi who were screwed out of much of their pensions by Barack Obama in the GM and Chrysler bailouts, so he could pay off his UAW benefactors. This one still galls me. Expect it to get a lot of play in Ohio.
Overall, these videos represent good strategy: while people on the outside of the campaign, from super-PACs to bloggers, engage in direct fights against the Obama campaign’s latest attempts at distraction via class and cultural warfare, Team Romney stays focused like a laser on the economy, the one thing Obama does not want to talk about.
And with 23 million Americans out of work (and so many giving up on finding any), you can bet Romney will have plenty more stories to tell between now and election day.
PS: Romney 2012.
PPS: Did you know Obama made “old Mexican ladies” cry in college? (Just a little push-back on the “Romney was a bully” attempted distraction.)
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
May 18, 2012
Sadly, we have to go back to the 19th century for that. Dr. Andrew Bostom provides this quote from US diplomat Edward A . van Dyck, who was at the time stationed in Cairo:
In all the many works on Mohammedan law no teaching is met with that even hints at those principles of political intercourse between nations, that have been so long known to the peoples of Europe, and which are so universally recognized by them. “Fiqh,” as the science of Moslem jurisprudence is called, knows only one category of relation between those who recognize the apostleship of Mohammed and all others who do not, namely Djehad [jihad[; that is to say, strife, or holy war. Inasmuch as the propagation of Islam was to be the aim of all Moslems, perpetual warfare against the unbelievers, in order to convert them, or subject them to the payment of tribute, came to be held by Moslem doctors [legists] as the most sacred duty of the believer. This right to wage war is the only principle of international law which is taught by Mohammedan jurists; …with the Arabs the term harby [harbi] (warrior) expresses not only an unbeliever but also an enemy; and jehady [jihadi] (striver, warrior) means the believer-militant. From the Moslem point of view, the whole world is divided into two parts—“the House of Islam,” and “the House of War;” out of this division has arisen the other popular dictum of the Mohammedans that “all kinds of unbelievers from but one people.”
In other words, if you’re not Muslim, you’re a target.
I disagree with van Dyck a bit; Islamic law also deals with treaties between believers and, well, everyone else. As in the treaty of Hudaybiyya, such agreements for peace are really cease-fires while the Muslims build their strength. The diplomacy itself is servant to the cause of conquest.
This quote is part of a larger article by Bostom recounting a debate between the courageous Wafa Sultan, a psychologist unafraid to challenge Islamic tyranny, and Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, a leading jihadist cleric. Well worth watching.