Republicans Double Down, Play the Fear Card, Do Exactly What ISIS wants

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The Republicans wasted no time after the Paris attacks jumping on the bandwagon to peddle fear and spread their nastiness, their pettiness, their cruelty and their cluelessness.

The politics of fear

Twenty-six Republican governors and one who is a Democrat railed against accepting any Syrian refugees into their states after the attacks in Paris. Ohio governor John Kasich, who is running for president, told Fox Business in an interview "There is no way we can put any of our people at risk. Should anybody come in here before the end of the year? The answer to that is no." Donald Trump is calling for the closing down of mosques in America. New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie says we must refuse to allow "even a 3-year old Syrian orphan" into the United states.

These are, of course, exactly the kinds of reactions ISIS wants, as the Republicans, clueless as ever, succumb to the terrorists' wishes.

Who are the refugees?

"Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...
...The wretched refuge of your teeming shores"
- Inscription on Statue of Liberty

The refugees fleeing Syria are fleeing the brutality of ISIS. They are the polar opposite of ISIS sympathizers. Moreover, refugees, in order to be accepted into America, go through an exhaustive vetting process. Each one of them is thoroughly checked by the State Department, by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, by Homeland Security and even the FBI.

After this immensely rigorous vetting process they are finally allowed into our country, and they can then go anywhere within our borders to live. Governors cannot bar them from their states. They are all grandstanding when they say they will keep the refugees out.

A ray of sanity in a sea of mud

Bernie Sanders, in a campaign speech in Cleveland yesterday, November 17, 2015, rejected the politics of fear being waged by the Republicans, saying that America "must not succumb to Islamophobia" or give in to "demagoguery and fear-mongering. I say to my Republican colleagues, yeah - we have got to be tough - but not stupid."

Sorry, Bernie. You're a voice crying in the wilderness of fear and warmongering, and yes, they're stupid.

Sanders understands the aims of the terrorists, even if his GOP colleagues are in the dark. "What. terrorism is about," he says,"is trying to instill terror and fear into the hearts of people. And we will not let that happen. We will not be terrorized or live in fear."

Oh yes we will, Bernie. Yes we will

Link: After Paris, Will We Again Play Into the Terrorists' Hands?
Understanding America's War on TerrorTerror

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Clueless Republicans from democraticunderground.com

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Retired
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Well said, Steve. The problem is that it looks as though one of the Paris terrorists had smuggled himself through Europe among the thousands who were pouring out of Syria.

He reached the island of Leros in Greece in a boatload of refugees from Turkey. One of the border guards was concerned about him - he did not fit the behaviour pattern of the other refugees - but he was powerless to do anything about it.

I wonder what solution the Republicans would like to offer to the refugee crisis? If the rest of the world followed their example, no refugee would be allowed sanctuary anywhere - if they all drowned at sea, would that be the desired Republican solution?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

The extremely thorough vetting process would have caught him here.

Drowned at sea? I suspect the Republicans would like that.

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author avatar Jennifer Dombrowski
18th Nov 2015 (#)

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUll I stopped being a republica ashamed! Especially when i heard Donald Trump;s kgnorance and said thh Syrians's would not like the climate in the United States. IT is pathetic. In the days of ellis Island there were many people who came over that were not good people. So why is it different now. I am so upset! My mo of course is brainwashed from the REpublican media personalities but if i had a choice i would takre a sytian into my house. These people are just wanting a better life! MY area is having a fit because our governor and mayor want to bring in so many Syrians over a couple years. I never heard so much hate. I hoipe those people who sare so against the refugees never have to be a refugee themnselves because if they were i wouldn't let them in my home they are full of hste! I don't do hate! EXcellent article

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you medicine girl, for that impassioned comment. Your heart is in the right place.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Currently the Republicans will do anything to get some attention especially its candidates, well stated Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th Nov 2015 (#)

amen Steve, you said it all

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Nov 2015 (#)

The picture of the little family caught between the the hand that is saying NO and the knife of ISIS says it all Steve.
Shame on those who close their hearts and hands to desperate people caught in the middle of such atrocities .
Many blessings to you
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Stella. And bless you.

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author avatar Retired
18th Nov 2015 (#)

I find it preposterous and plain mean. Those poor people were forced to leave their country due to a catastrophic war that was incflicted on them. USA participates in that war so the least they can do is offer help to the war refugees to make up for it.

Terrorists can be found anywhere, it is not a matter of religion really...it is a matter of people using violence to lash out. Using violence to deal with violence will only lead to more violence.

As long as there are wars there will always be refugees...and as long as there are mentally distubed people out there who do not get proper treatment, there will always be violence.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Very well said Mary. I agree with you completely.

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author avatar Shamarie
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Great article, Steve! I agreed with everything you stated!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. I appreciate that.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Nov 2015 (#)

All very well Steve. What do you suggest? let the ISI and Daesh run and conquer the Middle East and then target you? You and a few say, don't provoke the ISIS. What to do ? sit back and twiddle thumbs while the Islamic caliphate is established? You are thousands of miles away from scene of ISIS and mind you ground reality is different. Anyway you may like to spell out a respose as to what should be done ? or state that nothing should be done.

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