I took even more time, this time around....
I was not familiar with the presence of a large Somali community in Minneapolis. I wondered what was behind Ilhan Omar’s rise to prominence. I have thought of her as less a representative of the Somali community and more a product of Woke America though.
There is a similarly large Somali immigrant population in Columbus, Ohio, which is the nearest big city to me. My wife and I go to one of the shopping centers in Columbus once or twice a year and always see some Somali-looking women in hijab, in a city that is not known for its ethnic diversity. The thought I have had about it is this: although Muslim immigrants seem to assimilate better in the US than they do in Europe, with such a large population of Muslim immigrants in an area it only takes a small handful of Jihadi wannabes to cause problems. I’ve been truly surprised that there have been no more successful attacks on this country on the scale of 9/11. Knock on wood.
Do I see Somali immigrants as a threat? All religious fundamentalists are potential threats to personal freedom, to citizens in general and to you and me in particular as infidels. Do I think Donald Trump understands the nature of the threat? Not really. Do I think he has the wherewithal to articulate it and to build a consensus around what to do? Not at all. Trump is good at identifying enemies, real and imagined, but he rarely accomplishes more than firing off some Tweets and enflaming the situation without actually accomplishing anything. As for religious fundamentalism, I think we would be better served by making a strong case for personal freedom and against theocracy, whether it’s Christian or Muslim.
Although I generally avoid identifying myself as a “humanist” because the term has become synonymous with leftism and Social Justice crusaders, I am enough of a humanist to regard human lives as valuable, regardless of nationality. As I’ve said before, sometimes there are people who need to be killed; clearly I’m no pacifist.
I don’t think Trump cares about anybody but himself.
I think that a President Biden would be a steady presence in the White House and would be unlikely to cave to leftist demands. I do worry about his longevity in mind and body and his choice of running mate could influence my vote. Biden could put the election in the bag if he were to pick Condoleeza Rice or even Tulsi Gabbard as his running mate. But that won’t happen. I would prefer that the Republicans hold the Senate. I would rather endure two years of Democratic control (I doubt it would last longer) than see the madness that has seized this country continue and even intensify for another four years. Madness in the media, in academia, among leftists and in our culture. I do think a defeat of Trump is being made less likely by the insanity being displayed in all these areas: condemning Mount Rushmore, taking Independence Day as an opportunity to show hatred for the USA, the NFL talk of playing the “Black National Anthem” at games. If Trump wins in November, these people will have themselves to blame.
I seriously doubt I’ve changed your mind, but I appreciate the dialog, Bhim.