Only now, designated terrorist group CAIR recruits their leftist buddies in the media to whine about it for them. Sometimes, in politics, it’s what you don’t say that matters most. A lack of action can tell us so much more than a call to action, just as a failure to take form can be a shape in itself. And so it is with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, whose team recently posted on Facebook a call to nuke the Muslim world. Ho-hum.
MySA It was a recycled post, originating from elsewhere. But Miller’s team shared it, then made it clear there would be no apology, which is, you know, sort of like an implicit endorsement. Maybe that’s not so surprising since Miller has said he worries about the U.S. becoming a Muslim country.
As political apologies go, this one would have been easy. It was ready-made. Miller was traveling in China at the time, about as far away as a person can be from his Facebook handle. Staff error. Case closed. Moving on, right?
What’s unspoken here is a troubling political calculus. One that says apologizing is far more damaging than the offending act. As Rice University’s Mark P. Jones put it, not only does the “nuke ’em” message play well with the GOP base, “but also apologizing for the message plays very poorly.”
Right. Just imagine the primary attack ads: Sid Miller, apologist for Islamic terrorism. Inwardly, hopefully, some GOP leaders are squirming about this dynamic. (Actually, they are cheering him on now)
Not for the next election cycle or for Miller’s prospects, but because an apology is simply the right action, no matter how it plays with primary voters. Besides, one has to wonder just where all this offendin’ is taking the party long-term. Anchor babies. Nuclear holocausts. Keep this up and, one day, there won’t be anyone left to alienate or incinerate. There is a sense nobody is at the controls. (Tell that to Donald Trump who is leading in the polls precisely because of it)
To put the Facebook post in context, just what would the reaction have been if Miller’s team shared something similar about a different religion, say Judaism or Catholicism?
“He would have gotten back right away from China,” said Sarwat Husain, president of the San Antonio Chapter of the Council on America-Islamic Relations. “He would have been held responsible and probably would have been asked to leave the office.” (Because there is no possible good reason for saying that about Jews or Christians)
Like others, Husain characterized the Facebook post as a “clear suggestion of genocide for the Muslim world.” (A lot of people don’t see that as a bad thing) How strange it must be for her to have an elected representative give that notion a wink and a nod on social media. Or maybe it’s just another day in the life. Husain said she is often harassed, stared at, flipped off and jeered. (Good!)
“The looks I get,” she said. “After we saw this post, you could see the difference in the eyes of people when we were out in public.” No doubt. Just the other day I received an email from a reader imploring me to “examine the Muslim ghetto that is growing around Wurzbach east of I-10. How did these people get here anyway?”
Such rhetoric speaks to the trouble with Miller’s refusal to apologize and the deafening silence from the rest of the GOP. (Only trouble if you’re a muslim or a leftist muslim apologist) It’s not a matter of political correctness. It’s the reality that saying nothing becomes a statement in itself, a tacit endorsement. (Political correctness is dead, or haven’t you been paying attention?)