Suddenly Ideas Don’t Matter?

Suddenly Ideas Don’t Matter? by Andrew Klavan.

“The main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize this administration and me for not using the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ That’s the key, they tell us. We can’t beat ISIL unless we call them radical Islamists. What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?”

—President Obama, June 14, 2016.

“Don’t tell me words don’t matter! ‘I have a dream.’ Just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words, just speeches?”

—Candidate Obama, February 16, 2008.

President Obama’s policy of not calling Islamic terrorism by its name has cost innocent lives. … These are examples of induced psycho-pathology: mentally unbalanced behavior caused by a bad idea, a multi-cultural lie that comes down from the top, from the White House, and leaves us all at risk.

And it demonstrates an underlying irrationality in the president’s — and the left’s — thinking process. In their desperation to maintain the hellaciously wrong and discredited ideas of relativism and multi-culturalism, Obama and his leftist fellow travelers have put themselves in the position of declaring that ideas don’t matter.