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January 27, 2019 - 00:00
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    (A column of opinion by Gary Reid, Publisher Emeritus)

Democratic Party once protected America

My, how the Democratic Party has changed over the years.

Back in 1952, Sen. Pat McCarran, (Democrat-Nevada) and Rep. Francis E. Walter (Democrat-Pennsylvania) engineered passage of the McCarran-Walter Act over the veto of President Harry Truman, also a Democrat.

The act prohibited entry into the U.S. of aliens belonging to any organization seeking the overthrow of the U.S. government.

At that time, it was directed at communists.

While the act opened naturalization to Asian immigrants for the first time, it continued the quota system based on national origin, introduced in 1924 and allowing the government to deport and-or bar from re-entry those identified as subversives, particularly members and former members of the communist party.

Walter’s views were regarded by some as “reactionary and racist.”

Seems like we have heard similar terms expressed today regarding the attempts to stem the influx of illegal aliens from Mexico, central America and elsewhere.

However, the U.S. Congress recently seated two Muslim women as members, Ilhan Omar, (D) 5th congressional district, Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, Democrat, Michigan ’s 13th district.

It doesn’t take much study to understand that Islam is as much about a system of government as about religion.

Many of the Muslim faith call it a religion of peace, citing requirements for faith, prayer, fasting, charity and a pilgrimage to Mecca by all able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lives.

However, Islamic scholar Robert Spencer writes a comprehensive history of the role of war and terror in the spread of Islam, which emphasizes the following:

“It is taken for granted, even among many Washington policymakers, that Islam is a fundamentally peaceful religion and that Islamic jihad terrorism is something relatively new, a product of the economic and political ferment of the 20th century.”

But in “The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS,” Spencer states definitively that Islamic terror is as old as Islam itself, as old as Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, who said, “I have been made victorious through terror.”

Spencer traces the 1,400-year war of Islamic jihadists against the rest of the world, detailing the jihad against Europe, including the 700-year struggle to conquer Constantinople; the jihad in Spain, where non-Muslims fought for another 700 years to get the jihadi invaders out of the country; and the jihad against India, where Muslim warriors and conquerors wrought unparalleled and unfathomable devastation in the name of their religion.


“The History of Jihad shows that jihad warfare has been a constant of Islam from its very beginnings, and present-day jihad terrorism proceeds along exactly the same ideological and theological foundations as did the great Islamic warrior states and jihad commanders of the past.”

The two new Muslim representatives came in as part of the never-Trump coalition.

One contributor to a web site counted the number of Muslims who have been elected to U.S. posts from the federal to the state level. There were more than 50.

No doubt, many of the Muslim office-holders are well-respected members of their communities, or they wouldn’t have won. But that doesn’t change the fact that Muslim terrorists continue to ply their violence across the globe, often against Christians.

America’s system of government does not fit their value system.

In defending the McCarran-Walter Act, Senator Mc-Carran said:

“If this oasis of the world should be overrun, perverted, contaminated, or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished.”

President Harry S. Truman took a very different view, calling the legislation “un-American” and inhumane.

It will be interesting to see how American progressives will conflate their beliefs (everything ‘free”) with the very restrictive precepts of Islam.