Morning Briefing: May 21st, 2012
by Jen Green
In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood want to take control; in Chicago the Occupiers want it. Yet in the Presidential race, strangely, no one seems to want control.
Why Is Faith Irrelevant?
David Axelrod seems to have “Joe Biden” disease–whenever he opens his mouth, something controversial yet easily refuted comes out. This weekend he claimed the Romney camp has not sworn off strongly enough any plans to attack President Obama due to his relationship with Jeremiah Wright.
Problem is . . . Romney has told his campaign to lay off Obama’s former pastor and has spoken publicly asking his SuperPAC’s to do the same. Why? Well, Axelrod gives that answer when he says, “We’ve said [Romney's faith is] not fair game.”
So, it’s a truce . . . sort of. You don’t bring up my controversial pastor, I won’t bring up your strange religion. We’ll see how long it lasts. But Americans should be asking, WHY are these men’s religions off limits?
Another Day in Chicagoland
As if the windy city isn’t violent enough, the NATO conference will be in town this week. G8 is meeting in Maryland, but that isn’t keeping the protestors from speaking their mind about it on the streets of Chicago. The Occupy movement has promised a repeat of the WTO protests of 1999 in Seattle. They want “ an economy-killing “Robin Hood Tax” to be imposed on financial transactions, an international agreement to curb carbon emissions, and “a nuclear-free Middle East” (translation: the unilateral nuclear disarmament of Israel).”
Chicagoans are bracing. No word what hay Rahm Emmanuel plans to make of this “good crisis.” I’m sure he’ll think of something.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
Be careful what you wish for.
George W. Bush wanted to bring democracy to all countries. Well, the “Arab Spring” in Egypt is about to bloom into their first “free” election–and the Muslim Brotherhood is putting together an all out effort among the grassroots in that country to pull out a win.
Victory for the Muslim Brotherhood would “also confirm a trend of growing Islamist power at the ballot box since a wave of Arab uprisings began last year.”
With Islam comes Sharia Law. And Sharia Law is anything but democratic.