“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest
are these, ‘it might have been.’”
(John Greenleaf Whittier)
Just a wild guess on my part, but I suspect when Pat Robertson publicly discussed his thesis that Islam is a Dangerous Infection That Must Be Eliminated, he wasn’t aware of the grand irony implicit in what he had to say. I seriously doubt, too, that he was trying to be in his , but suffice to say, he accomplished it anyway, and with grandly ironic panache!
Robertson: No society should allow some alien body to come to its midst that preaches terror, preaches overthrow, preaches violence and preaches another form of government. We shouldn’t have that.
Now, that’s what is being allowed in Belgium and France and other parts of Europe in the name of political correctness. And the so-called socialist liberals think, ‘I want to be open and I want to be welcoming to these people who come in.’ Okay, a few of them, fine, assimilate into the society, learn the language, learn the customs and be Belgians. But these people are not. . . . they’re in the middle of Belgium and they’re growing and metastasizing and it won’t be long before they overwhelm the healthy body. Here in America and other places, we can only stand so much infection before it overwhelms us.
Robertson rambles on, then finally sums it all up.
That’s the problem. You don’t want to, you know, it seems like you’re violating people’s civil rights, you don’t want to take away their liberty and violate the thing you are, but people have got to stand up and recognize the threat and if they don’t do it the society’s doomed. That’s what’s happening.
Correction: That’s what happened.
It was way back in 1620 when North America’s First People really messed up and allowed some alien body to come to its midst, and several years did indeed pass before those white-skinned new arrivals managed to prove themselves to be of the type that preaches terror, preaches overthrow, preaches violence and preaches another form of government. The problem the North American aboriginals faced was that when you’re parcel to a culture composed of people of good spirit, you really don’t enjoy being nasty to visitors, to new arrivals, and you don’t want to take away their liberty and violate the thing you are. Problem is, it wasn’t long before they — the new arrivals — overwhelm[ed] the healthy body. The rest is, as they say, History; sadly, the First People failed to learn in time that in order to survive and prosper, people have got to stand up and recognize the threat and if they don’t do it the society’s doomed.
They’d likely have been better off had they done this:
Yes indeed. Instead, they allowed the Christians to come ashore and settle. It’s likely that their leader, their Chief, was one whose attitude was something like ‘I want to be open and I want to be welcoming to these people who come in.’ A more reasonable approach would likely have been to say, Okay, a few of them, fine, assimilate into the society, learn the language, learn the customs . . .
But no, that wasn’t the case, and now the rest is history, sotospeak. Oh, and feel free to check with Pat Robertson and maybe mention to him that Islam and Christianity are a lot more similar than he’s ever been willing to admit! And while you have his attention, maybe ask him about his impressions of Grand Irony!
“And we have a president here in America who refuses
to name it, refuses to identify it and refuses to give us
what’s needed to kill the infection. As a matter of fact,
he wants to take more of them and bring them into
the country. It’s crazy.”
Yep. ‘Crazy’ is the perfect word. 🙂