I rarely read Clayton Cramer's blog because he's just so ... out there. But then the Statesman quoted him yesterday in its roundup of reaction to Barack Obama's nomination. This is the passage that caught my attention:
... there are a lot of moderate to even conservative Democrats who recognize that civilization comes first. Barack Hussein Obama seems not to fully understand the seriousness of the battle between civilized behavior and those who use power tools to torture people to death.
Well, here's what Clayton Cramer and his fellow fearmongers don't understand: Yes, terror exists. But for every fanatic who wages jihad and seeks martyrdom, there are millions of peace-loving Muslims who shun extremism. Increasingly, they are marginalizing the extremists in their religion, just as Christians are doing here in the United States. And speaking of civilization, to most of us, it means quality health care and education, decent jobs with living wages, and being able to hold our heads up in the world because our nation is leading with integrity and truth, not starting wars based on lies.
Clayton Cramer seems to live in some slasher movie, where power-tool wielding terrorists lurk behind every corner and only testosterone-fueled American he-men can keep them from invading our homes. Fortunately, reality is far different - and the reality is, most Americans will choose clear-eyed, pragmatic, and ultimately optimistic leadership over fear-based bluster and bombast.
A final thought before I ignore Clayton Cramer for another long spell: Isn't it interesting that the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry backed this fringe-dweller in his primary against moderate Tim Corder? I've never been a fan of IACI, but to see the pro-business group cynically align itself with Cramer's brand of nuttery is just disturbing. Of course, the more fractured and frustrated the Idaho GOP and its allies become, the better for us all. We need two-party government in Idaho, and the GOP's slow-mo implosion may just give it to us.