It’s 2pm CDT Thursday, and I’m sitting here in my hotel room in the Hilton Garden Inn at the St. Louis airport. Y’all are quite aware of the kerfluffle that’s been going on with my Thursday evening speech on “Foreign Policy and Radical Islam” at St. Louis University. (In case you missed it, you can read about it here, here and here.) By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane heading to New York City to do a live taping of the Greg Gutfeld Show. However, I wanted to reflect on this “teachable moment” in which I was engaged.
First of all, this reminded me of a quote attributed to one George Orwell, “In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” How did we come to this point in America where a certain group, truly a minority, decides what can and cannot be said in the public space? One of our First Amendment rights is freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Here we have NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick being lauded and portrayed on the cover of Time magazine for exercising his First Amendment rights. And anyone disagreeing with his position is castigated in negative light. Yet, it was here at St. Louis University that some administrator made the determination that the words “radical Islam” could not be displayed in the open space on a flyer. So, it appears someone decided disrespect to the National Anthem and American flag in the public space is acceptable. However, two words to articulate and describe a domestic and global existential enemy is not.
As well, I found it interesting that said administrator at St. Louis University deemed that I lacked the “experience” to discuss “radical Islam.” So, what “experience” does a second-string NFL quarterback have to discuss municipal law enforcement operations and our system of justice? So, a person that has deployed onto battlefields and fought against said ideological adversary is not capable of articulating policies and strategies, despite being published on the matter in the official Army journal…but the fella that throws a football for a living is all of a sudden an experienced commentator on law enforcement matters and America’s history on social justice? Who made that determination?
How did we get to the point where we have our institutions of higher learning declare “safe spaces,” which are nothing more than fascist censorship tools silencing opposing viewpoints? Who are the people who sit in undisclosed spaces coming up with politically correct guidelines — reminds me of the infamous “stress card” in the Army. We learn, we get better when we’re challenged, when we’re forced to think, to debate. That’s when we develop the next generation of critical thinkers, instead of protected little souls who exist only to receive their “participation trophy,” providing them a false sense of high self-esteem.
How did we come to the point in America where speaking a truth is hurtful and sends folks into a tirade? The Muslim Student Association at St. Louis University became enraged because I said a truth, and the St. Louis University president referred to me as a “provocateur.” Look y’all, I was not the one who wrote the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum; that was Mohammed Akram in 1991. He was the one who listed the Muslim Student Association #2, as an organization that would assist in implementing the goal of a “civilizational jihad” — not my words, his.
However, in a universe of deceit, truth becomes a revolutionary act. And the simple response is not to attack the person that reads and seeks to be better educated and informed…the person who questions. Perhaps the Muslim Student Association could take the time to repudiate, denounce and condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, whose charter says it all.Instead, the response to truth is negative castigation, insidious name-calling (and yes, life is tough, and folks that seek to avoid hard debate and conversations want a cupcake life), and to stage walkouts.
There’ve been four generations of American combat veterans in my family, one currently serving. If there are any who have the “experience” to address the challenges we face as a Nation, it’s truly those who’ve stood on freedom’s ramparts to secure our liberty and way of life. If we are to secure a safe and secure future for our Nation, its people, then we must step up and face the enemy who confesses exactly who they are and what they seek. Feelings and emotions cannot be a driving factor for our national security and foreign policy decisions. We cannot continue to obfuscate, deny and lie about that which we see and are confronted with almost weekly, certainly monthly. We constantly hear the retorts about “tolerance,” but there are those who fail to recognize, “when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.”, Or as Mohammed Akram said in his memorandum “civilizational jihad.” After the episode at St. Louis University, it does appear Akram and his goal are succeeding.How does this change? Or maybe we need ask the question, have we gone too far and it can never change? I take the position of the former, not the latter. We must not succumb to the small but loud voices that seek to silence open discussion that does not fit their defined acceptable speech. We must be respectful, but tough, and relentless. We must present arguments are rooted in objective truth, not subjective emotional rantings. Not until we set our feet upon that path will we truly return to being a Nation that produces many critical thinkers. Steel is made ready, strong, purified through intense fire — that’s what our institutions of higher learning are supposed to be, producers of human steel, not cotton candy.
I want to thank St. Louis University because they allowed me a platform to shine the light on that which is undermining our future. And let me be very clear: I will never surrender to fascist censorship. And I’m more than happy to engage with anyone for a lively philosophical and principled discussion.
I close with the words of Thomas Jefferson, “In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of substance, stand like a rock.”
Steadfast and Loyal!