In a speech at the National Defense University, President Obama kind of admitted what some of us have known for years. There are radical jihadists among us who would like nothing better than to kill us in the name of Allah. Mouthing the words of his speech writer, President Obama stated: “. . .we face a real threat from radicalized individuals here in the United States. Whether it’s a shooter at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin; a plane flying into a building in Texas; or the extremists who killed 168 people at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City – America has confronted many forms of violent extremism in our time. Deranged or alienated individuals – often U.S. citizens or legal residents – can do enormous damage, particularly when inspired by larger notions of violent jihad. That pull towards extremism appears to have led to the shooting at Fort Hood, and the bombing of the Boston Marathon.” Unfortunately, the President and his men are ill-equipped to do diddly-squat about the problem. The reality is that the Obama Administration is hampered by an obsession with political correctness.
This obsession with political correctness impairs the ability of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to keep us safe. Whether it’s the new immigration bill (S. 744) opposed by many conservatives, including me, or the current immigration policy, the Obama Administration has not taken the necessary steps to protect us from immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring nations and their American-born converts. Commonsense dictates that we end the practice of holding the door open for individuals from nations that seek to kill us. Likewise, we must increase our surveillance of individuals from nations that sponsor terrorism and any group or individual with terrorist ties. Political correctness should not get in the way of protecting the lives of American civilians and law enforcement personnel.