Happening now; HUD, ISLAM, and the Radical Left
By Smith Young
Derived from Wall Street Journal Opinion “ISLAM and the Radical West” by Bret Stephens, April 12, 2016.
Bret Stephens declares that “The political orthodoxy of the left is the gateway drug to jihad”, but the orthodoxy he describes doesn’t end with jihad. He recalls a chat with three young Muslims at Heathrow airport on their way to Islamabad who only wanted to talk about politics and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”, a film they plainly revered because it “unvarnished truth about Amerika—from an American.” Bret makes the point about how young Muslim men born in the America to the middle class, from not particularly religious households – get turned into jihad.
It’s striking how the thinking of these middle class jihadists aligns with Obama’s activist policies, speech, and actions coming out of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, to include surrogates such as the NAACP, La Raza, and particularly Public Housing Agencies ( PHA). HUD and its PBAs are implants directing grants (bribes) into local governments throughout the country (facilitated by the militantly partisan Obama Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.) In the context of HUD, the rhetoric is “the language of the progressive left, what Jeane Kirkpatrick at the 1984 Republican convention called the “Blame America First” crowd. That accusation by Kirkpatrick now fits HUD’s view of America as the perennial sinner with segregated urban regions and cities as victims. All this is the result of the Supreme Court ruling last year on Disparate Impact; effectively making American suburbs guilty of fostering segregation, done without any civil rights violation or discrimination.
The left blaming America and “calling the rest of the world victim only strikes us as radical when it comes from the pen of a terrorist.” However that same activist rhetoric “elicit[s] nodding approval from many readers, a dismissive shrug from others, but no big whoop either way” when it appears in the New York Times by HUD surrogates describing retribution required for segregated urban regions and cities.
To elaborate on Bret’s conclusion, we Americans have become lazy in our thinking about Islam, HUD, and government bureaucracies, to of course include the EPA. The question is not whether HUD is radical in its aggressive war on the suburbs with all its legal actions pursuing the implementation of Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, AFFH. The question is whether we Americans “can recognize that the moral nihilism of today’s Jihadi Johns” and HUD activists as the logical outgrowth of the moral relativism that is the default religion of today’s America. Perhaps HUD and its surrogates are not terrorists, but they are guilty of the same political orthodoxy and type of thinking.