I remember when Gen. Eisenhower was president. It was in the height of the Cold War.
Eisenhower began every one of his speeches by saying things like, “The free nations of the world are engaged in a mighty struggle with the communist nations. We have freedoms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion; those living in communist nations do not. We have economic freedom; they have socialism. The Communists seek to bring more and more nations into the communist bloc. We must do all we can to resist this.”
I used to wonder why he would always say these things. Everybody knew this. It turns out that everybody did not know this. Today, some people believe that we should not have resisted communism. Many think socialism is a good thing. Many think our freedoms should be abridged.
Eisenhower probably knew that this could happen. At the defeat of Nazi Germany, Ike wanted the Holocaust to be carefully documented because he knew that some time in the future it would be denied.
Today, we are engaged in a mighty struggle against those who would replace our system of laws with a system called Sharia. A small minority of Muslims seek to do this by acts of terror. Some call them “Muslim extremists.” Most Muslims think that those actions are contrary to the Muslim religion.
Many people think that those who commit these acts of terror are not Muslims, even though they claim that they are. The problem is the AR-15. If we could make guns illegal, these radicals would be forced to use things like box cutters and pressure cookers. But they would never do that. Problem solved.
People believe what they want to.