Divide and conquer – it’s an old military strategy. Focus on segmenting an opponent’s armies and then overpower the parts with superior force thus gaining victory. It has worked for the millennia in which mankind has ceaselessly engaged in war. And the reverse works equally as well.
If an army or a nation pits one part of itself against the other, we not only open the door but encourage others to overwhelm us. And we are engaged in just that process here and now in America.
If there is one singular reason that I hope that President Obama serves only one term as President it is because of his philosophy of characterizing Americans not as a people but as multiple distinct groups – and because his strategy for re-election and perhaps governing, is to pit these groups against each other.
Sadly, among the world of American politicians, President Obama is not alone.
Enter U. S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R) MN and her recent charges that a congressman from her state, Rep. Keith Ellison (D) MN has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. And she further alleges that the Secretary of State’s aide, Huma Abedin is involved with that organization. Congresswoman Bachmann believes it is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow the government of the United States.
We would all agree that any organization with that goal is something that we should vigorously oppose. And we should certainly not want people whose purpose was to overthrow the government to be in positions of power within it.
But I can’t help wonder – what is it about several of our northern-most states that creates a Michelle Bachmann or a Senator Joseph McCarthy? I admire their fervor but wish that it were directed in positive ways.
There are laws in this land about making specious and false accusations about others which are without basis or fact. It’s called slander. And the Congresswoman should know this as one of our elected representatives. So if she has evidence, by all means bring that to light. Otherwise, be silent and do the right thing which is to apologize to those whom she has wronged.
If you are not familiar with the famous exchange between Joseph P. Welch, defending one of his attorneys who was accused of being a communist, from the attack which Senator McCarthy launched against him, you would do yourself a service by watching this video:
You may remember that Congresswoman Bachmann briefly was a contender for the Republican nomination for president. The members of that party, in view of her recent behavior, made a wise choice in rejecting her candidacy.
We need leaders in this country who can provide hope and guidance and who understand that “A house divided will not stand.” Ms. Bachmann has shown that she is not of that stature.