The Benghazi controversy continues to rage as some media pursue facts about what happened at the U.S. Consulate on Sept. 11. Many of us, regardless of political affiliation, have grieved with the parents and families of those lost in a battle we have little official information about.
I will leave to national security and military experts the unraveling of that long attack on a day already marked by tragedy for Americans.
However, there is an underlying issue no one mentions although it is one of the most important to every one of us, woman or man, black or white, rich or poor. And how we handle that issue will have a major impact on every other country in the world, whether it’s a free country or not.
The way I see it, women who vote for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats should simply rip their own tongues out.
Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? It shouldn’t.
Think back to the first protests on Sept. 11 that we heard about—the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. In the aftermath of those protests, the Obama administration issued four statements. Every one of those statements had something in common—they blamed an amateur video for angering Muslims who believed their prophet had been insulted.
Over and over, to a ridiculous level, Obama, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and others apologized for a film the U.S. government, we are told, had nothing to do with. Their behavior exemplified the most pathetic foreign policy decision I have witnessed in my lifetime.
What many Americans do not realize is that for years, Muslim-majority countries have sought resolutions and international laws governing speech, specifically to prohibit insults to their prophet. These countries will not yield; they will continue to lobby for this.
Such a law would flagrantly conflict with the U.S. Constitution.
Our leaders have, in fact, placed anyone’s life in danger if you are perceived as insulting the prophet.
Shoot your mouth off on Twitter and say the wrong thing, maybe some pundit decides to share that with the world.
Come up with a rap critical of that prophet, boom!
Are you gay? Best not unload on the restrictive laws in Islamist countries, at least best not crit the prophet.
Next thing you know, there’s a target on your back. After all, recall the deliberately staged perp walk that filmmaker took. Do you think those cameras were for our benefit? Do you think that individual was outed for Americans’ benefit?
No president, no secretary of state, no one at all, including the spineless academics and Leftist bloggers who called for the filmmaker’s arrest, should ever be permitted to dilute the First Amendment.
If a government increases limitations on speech, limitations on other freedoms will follow because the right to free expression is the keystone to freedom.
I have been shocked at lack of attention to this issue because it is a bedrock issue in the Benghazi controversy. I suppose many Americans and Leftist media in particular could care less about the Constitution although they certainly harped on it when a Republican was in the Oval Office.
Even if Obama had done every single thing right except for his unfortunate response about that video, I would not vote for him on that alone. His apology endangered all of us. Sec. Clinton's did as well.
The correct response would have been to distance the government from the controversy, demand the Arab countries restore peace in their communities and uphold their duty to protect our property.
The ideal response would have been to simply say that this is our law and our culture. That Americans can say what they wish as long as they are not directing you to go harm someone. That the whole world should have a First Amendment because that is your God-given right before you can even say the word “freedom.” That in the U.S., the First Amendment is not negotiable.
So go ahead, women. Yes, Obama will force your insurance company to cover your contraceptives. Yes, Obama would gladly permit you to rid yourself of an 8-month old child not quite ready to come into the world.
But if you vote for this administration, go ahead and rip your tongue out. It’ll save the government the trouble later on.
Any pundit or academic who joined this administration in undermining freedom of expression should be fired or asked to resign. You are not fit to teach and you are not fit to report anything of substance to the American people.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 1, 2012)
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