HopeTracker| Calling US president Barack Obama a Sikh joke just got our attention. Writing for The Daily Beast, Tunku Varadarajan informs us that the White House has cancelled plans for the President to visit a Sikh temple in India, because he would have to cover his head with a knotted handkerchief.
There’s no doubt, as the White House fears, that the appearance would only fuel rumors that President Obama is a Muslim. Sikhs in America were widely confused with Muslims after Sept. 11.
The Daily Beast essay by Tanku Varadarajan is a scathing indictment of a president who now shows he’s ‘gutless’, writes the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a professor at NYU’s Stern Business School and a former assistant managing editor at The Wall Street Journal.
The comments are scathing towards Varadarajan, but I like one that suggests the writer make his point more clearly, because he has something to say.
I’ve been reading Rush Limbaugh this morning, the key points of what he actually believes. You know I’m concerned about America’s children, when I’m reading Rush Limbaugh and not for inspiration.
The left may have good comedians but I don’t see a strong offense out there, and that’s partly because moderates believe we’re standing on quick sand. At a precipitious time in America’s economic future, when the Chinese are believers in green energy and we want to stick with fossil fuels and call climate change another Communist plot, American politics is a mess and potentially rudderless.
Juan Williams got in big trouble, and a nice salary increase at FOX News, speaking his mind this week. Yet he spoke to feelings many Americans share.
Not me; I flew to a client on the first plane out of Newark after 9/11. Three terrorists lived three blocks from my loft in Jersey City, and I stood with many Muslims watching the Twin Towers fall. In fact, some did cheer but the majority were horrified.
Tunku Varadarajan expresses thoughts that other share, but must remain politically correct about speaking:
That Obama can’t find a way to explain the symbolism of a little square of cloth on his head—placed there by enthusiastic, welcoming Indian hosts who wish him and America well—suggests that he has lost confidence in his own intellect, his own charisma, his own eloquence. A man once celebrated for his promise of change now allows a state visit to be shaped by his fear of the blogosphere—and by his fear of abuse that might come at him from an ignorant subset of the American population. Let’s just call it the pygmification of a president, and lament the gutlessness of this White House. via The Daily Beast
It’s a mess out there in America, where the majority sentiments and wishes don’t translate into action.
Let me clarify that I would never call any subset of the American population ignorant, but when we’re on the verge of purging science, any rational thought and all coherent debate out the window because they undermine God’s entitlement to run the country, I feel I’m in the twilight zone.
How many Americans actually believe that science equals moral sabotage and is sinful? I understand the anti-elite sentiments; my own life has been turned upside down in the last three years. But science?
Perhaps I’m watching an episode of ‘The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight’ without being clear who are the leading actors. Anne