Why Republicans Keep Losing Ground

If you won't fight, you can't win.

Ever heard of beaten-dog syndrome?  This is, in brief, the tendency of beaten dogs to stick with their abuser, both expecting and fearing the abuse while missing the attention that it gives them when they don't receive it.  Obviously, such a relationship is both deeply unhealthy for the dog and corrosive to the humanity of the abuser.

Why, then, do Republican politicians persist in behaving like beaten dogs, and Republican voters tolerate this behavior in their so-called leadership?  The Left and its media acolytes can throw literally anything at Republicans as a slur, including flat-out lies and totally made-up words, yet the instinctive response of just about every Republican is to cower in preemptive submission and apology.  Republicans who'll stand up for themselves, voters and leaders alike, are so rare as to be individually nameable - starting with Donald Trump, now including the Covington schoolboys with their monster lawsuit against media abusers, and... well, maybe Ann Coulter, and that's pretty much it.

As regular as the morning sun, from West Virginia comes yet another story of Democratic scurrility and Republican pusillanimity.  NBC News brings us this shocking report:

Angry arguments broke out in the West Virginia statehouse on Friday after the state Republican Party allegedly set up an anti-Muslim display in the rotunda linking the 9/11 terror attacks to a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota.

One staff member was physically injured during the morning's confrontations, and another official resigned after being accused of making anti-Muslim comments.

The display featured a picture of the World Trade Center in New York City as a fireball exploded from the one of the Twin Towers, set above a picture of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is Muslim.

"'Never forget' - you said. . ." read a caption on the first picture. "I am the proof - you have forgotten," read the caption under the picture of Omar, who is wearing a hijab.

What's wrong untrue about this picture?

How Many Times Can You Get Framed?

Firstly, as even the media had to admit, nobody seems to know exactly who set up the suspect poster.  Perhaps it was Republicans.  Perhaps it was Democratic agents provocateurs - after all, this was standard practice against Trump supporters and there's no reason to suppose they've given up that nasty habit.

It's almost a scientific certainty, though, that it was not "the Republican party" as the media suggested.  Since when has any official Republican party organization been openly anti-Islam?  It wasn't even a week after a group of fundamentalist Muslims murdered thousands of innocent Americans, that President George W. Bush twisted the Koran to falsely portray Islam as "a religion of peace."  Republican officialdom have followed in his footsteps ever since.

This doesn't stop the media from framing Republicans as Islamophobes every day; and each and every time, the Republican response is abject submission and apology.  When will they ever learn that the media isn't looking for an apology, and saying sorry won't make the false accusations go away?

The only way to deal with a bully is to punch them in the nose.  President Trump, to his credit, has given us a years-long demonstration of how it works.  He hasn't managed to change the liberal media at all - they are every bit as biased against him as they ever were - but by stating the truth regardless of opposition, he's reduced their power.  Nearly half of all Americans believe "that when most reporters write about a congressional race, they are trying to help the Democratic candidate", more voters blame the press for our country's divisions than blame Mr. Trump, and trust for the media is at record lows.

If You Don't Stand For Something, You'll Fall For Anything

What's the takeaway from this disgusting display of defeatism?  Nearly all Americans who notice these news reports will get the impression that Republicans are bigoted, wimpy, and stupid - just the way they're portrayed on the news every day.

Why don't we try something else for once?  How about if, say, the Republican speaker of the West Virginia legislature, instead of wringing his hands and promising investigations, slammed the lies with some hard-hitting truths?  Just for starters:

"Muslim" isn't a race, that people are born with and can't change.  Islam is an ideology - in the main, an inherently anti-American ideology - that people choose to adopt, remain in, or reject.

The poster didn't show a generic Muslim.  It shows a very specific, prominent Muslim, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is currently being censured by her own party for anti-semitism; who has voted to provide life-insurance benefits to suicide terrorists who murder Americans; who has asked for "compassion" in sentencing ISIS recruits; and whose romantic past makes Donald Trump's look an exemplar of traditional morality and immigration legality.

In other words, while nobody is claiming that Rep. Omar has personally murdered anybody, there can be no doubt from her own words that she supports and defends those that do.  President Bush contradicted his previous statements on Islam when he further said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists" - and Rep. Omar clearly has chosen the latter.

So the poster, far from being generally bigoted, is a very specific and fact-based accusation against an individual who has no business being in any place of American power, or arguably in this country at all.  Fifteen years after WWII, would we have countenanced an unrepentant Nazi in Congress?  Or one who regularly wore the uniform of our enemies, as does Rep. Omar, even on the floor of "the People's House"?  Of course not!

Have we forgotten exactly who perpetrated 9/11, exactly why, and their determination to do it again?  Obviously - indeed, as a country we seem to want to bring about their objectives via cooperative peaceful means.

Since the Republicans are going to get pilloried no matter what they do or say, why can't they at least fight back with the truth?  Yes, there is every reason to believe that Rep. Omar is anti-American; yes, the murders of 9/11 were performed by Muslims obeying the evil diktats of their religion as defined, not only by themselves, but by the world's leading Islamic scholars and clerics; and above all, yes, it is not possible to believe in Islamic sharia law and also believe in the America of our Constitution and Founding Fathers.  In short, the poster is true on its face; we might as well just go ahead and say so rather than just bend over and take it!

As Obama bin Laden pointed out, "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, they will naturally want to side with the strong horse."  Is it any wonder the Republicans so specialize in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and won't support their best fighting leader of our lifetimes?

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Reader Comments

Thank you for this spot-on article. Islam is not just a religion, it has become mostly a political ideology. Leftists are always pushing Christianity aside or out the door--citing separation of church and state [which is not even what is in the First Amendment of our Constitution], and yet, cradle Islamism. Did anyone see the video showing how Americans in West Virginia are being moved out of their neighborhoods so the govt. can build new housing (paid for by US taxpayers)for Syrian refugees? And provide them w/health care, cars, etc., and even a Mosque? Has our Govt. ever built a Christian church or Jewish synogogue for any community?

March 7, 2019 7:11 AM

Where can I get copies of that poster and how much?

March 7, 2019 9:32 AM

There must be millions of us who are intensely frustrated by Republican kowtowing to Democrats’ slander. By standing up to the Democrats when they were trying to destroy Justice Kavanaugh, Lindsey Graham became, overnight, the most popular Republican senator in the nation. Why don’t other Republicans learn from his example? It’s as though almost every Republican feels he has to be mealy mouthed to succeed, until one day his opponents go too far and he breaks out in anger and finally speaks his mind. Most Republicans never reach that point. I’ve been cheering Trump on for two years now precisely because he doesn’t yield to the scurrilous attacks of Democrats, RINOs, and Never Trumpers.

March 7, 2019 3:10 PM

@Peter Burrows - I don't think you can. I couldn't even find a decent photo of it online. It's almost as if the news media didn't want to provide an image good enough for people to print posters from it...

If you do happen to find one somewhere, please post a link for our readers!

March 7, 2019 6:02 PM

Why would so many who receive six figure incomes to represent us in DC act as though they're too stupid to understand the plain-spoken truth written here?

March 9, 2019 11:25 AM

Maybe a good place to start would be to drop the term " 9/11" and call it what it was...the Muslim Terrorist Attack. We don't call the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor "12/7" . It's odd that we needed to be PC about a group that killed thousands of innocent people. It isn't an indictment of all Muslims, just those who practice terrorist acts on Americans. And our Afgan and ISIS response has been very targeted on Terrorists.... not all Muslims. As I recall, Bush and the Republicans thought the hard working Muslims in Michigan could be a high potential constituency. So they went soft. It would appear that we are beyond that.

March 9, 2019 1:01 PM

Republicans will continue to not fight back against the dems,as long as their are so many rinos in Congress. Since losing the house they have done nothing to fight back against these new socialist communist anti American Pro islamists dems. Their are 190;republicans in Congress and only 26 had the backbone to not vote for this anti hate resolution.it was supposed to be anti Semite and named Omar,but the muslin brotherhood,Sarsour and cair pushed back against Pelosi and the dems to change it to include anti muslin and white supremacy. What a bunch of losers we have in Congress. I’m disgusted beyond words.

March 9, 2019 6:36 PM

A fund raiser for the Spineless, Stupid (aka Republican) Party called the other day to ask for a donation. I told her: Trump I love but NO Republican will get my money until you grow some balls and a spine. She quickly hung up. After talking to a friend, I wish I had told her (and I'm sharing this b/c I think it's a great idea: NO MONEY until you support our PRESIDENT in building the WALL and fixing immigration. That lying TRAITOR Paul Ryan is gone (he lied to the Pres about wall funding) only to be replaced by another lame "leader" Mealy-Mouth McCarthy. If Republicans will not grow spines, what should we do? I don't have an answer (yet) but something needs to change in the "leadership" of the party, or its Adios America as we know it.

April 3, 2019 12:27 PM
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