All posts by Tyler Koteskey

Obama has done far more than bigots to destroy Muslim lives

Tuesday’s State of the Union was President Obama’s last, and he did not waste the opportunity to for oblique digs at the Republican Presidential candidates. One intended for Donald Trump condemned “politics that targets people because of race or religion.” The president argued that “when politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer.” It’s true, and Trump’s rhetoric deserves condemnation, but the messenger spoke with a forked tongue.

Obama has done more than all of Trump and his supporters combined: he’s personally authorized the deaths of thousands of Muslims.

Hurt feelings are one thing. Shattered lives are another entirely. It takes astounding paternalism for someone to quote Pope Francis with a straight face on the dangers of imitating the “violence of tyrants and murderers” while maintaining a personal kill list.

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Why Catholics are America’s former Muslims

The Republican Party’s leading presidential candidate, Donald Trump, wants to ban Muslim immigration. He also wants to shut down mosques he thinks are suspicious. Recently, his spokeswoman defended these stances, shouting, “So what! They’re Muslim!” It would be understandable to think this kind of behavior is unprecedented. It’s not.

Our country has been here before—many Americans used to feel the same way about Catholics.

From America’s earliest days as colonies of Protestant England, anti-Catholic bigotry was a fact of life. An early example was the 13 colonies’ objections to parts of the 1774 Quebec Act, which restored the rights of French Canadians to hold office and practice their faith.

During the 1800s, Catholic immigration into the United States ballooned. Millions of Irish, Germans, and Italians arrived in new, unprecedented waves. These Catholics often came as refugees (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) from bloody revolutions or even outright starvation at home.

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Ted Cruz explained why regime change makes us worse off

In a refreshing moment, a candidate other than Rand Paul gave a great non-interventionist speech during Thursday’s GOP Debate in Las Vegas.

That candidate was Ted Cruz, who criticized the failed strategy of regime change and took a shot at Woodrow Wilson, the foreign policy father of all things high-minded yet impractical.

Wolf Blitzer asked Senator Cruz about US policies of regime change to spread democracy, questioning if he would prefer to preserve dictatorships instead. Recently, Cruz had argued that the world would have been safer with Saddam Hussein still in power.

Cruz drew upon recent history. The Obama administration toppled Gaddafi in Libya, he answered, “because they wanted to promote democracy. A number of Republicans supported them. The result of that — and we were told then that there were these moderate rebels that would take over. Well, the result is, Libya is now a terrorist war zone run by jihadists.”

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