The AP recently listed the top ten news stories of 2015 – and the Left was wrong on every one of them!
The pacifist and radical Left, especially as epitomized by the Obama administration, rejects the very notion of a war on terror and denies the existence of Islamic terrorism in America. It prefers to wage war on climate change (a hoax), endemic and institutional racism (a myth), and law-abiding gun owners (a bogeyman), while championing the dissolution of America’s social fabric (e.g., gay marriage and the gay agenda).
1 – Islamic State
The Islamic State was the number one new story of 2015, with good reason: Islamist jihadists have created a terrorist nation-state which is gobbling up whole swaths of the Middle East and their vision of a global caliphate stretches around the globe, with climactic terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino which serve to underscore both their ambitions and their zeal.
Even in the face of the latest atrocities, the Left in general, and the Obama administration in particular, reflexively defend Islam. Even in the face of savage brutality immune to reason, they seek to negotiate peace with these predators. They view poverty – not religious ideology – as the motivating cause of terrorism. Indeed, they hold politically correct conferences which teach the West how to capitulate to Islamists. Refusing to accept reality, they really think that ISIS is contained and the war on terror is over.
2 – Gay Marriage
After decades of indoctrination (via public education, entertainment, academia, and political correctness), a significant number of Americans have fallen for the gay agenda. The Supreme Court recently “settled” the issue of gay marriage. The Left was ecstatic!
The gay agenda has further infiltrated a number of churches, causing them to preach a false gospel. Gay activists seek to stifle the true gospel through the power of the state and mob action (e.g., Sweet Cakes Bakery, Memories Pizza).
The Left champions gender transformation and self-identification as a different race as acts of courage. America is becoming lost in a fog of immorality and tyranny – while the Left applauds.
3 – Paris Attacks
Islamists committed notorious terrorist acts in Paris in 2015. In the first instance, Obama snubbed the Parisians even as the world stood with them. Right-thinking people advised Obama to stand in solidarity against these terrorists. After the latest attack, Obama continued to insist that climate change is a greater threat than jihadists. The Left, as a whole, went bonkers over that attack, blaming everyone but the terrorists for their terrorism.
4 – Mass Shootings
“Mass shootings” is AP’s catch-all category which includes typical criminal activity, atypical massacres committed by the mentally ill, shootings by white and black supremacists, and Islamic acts of terror. Failure to differentiate between different kinds of violence precludes prevention of that violence.
Unable to split different types of violence into appropriate categories, the Left is left with only one solution: gun control. Indeed, the Left’s answer to all violence, whether committed by criminals, crazed individuals, or fanatical terrorists, is … gun control!
The reverse is actually true: more guns, less crime. Gun control is a form of appeasement to criminals. Charles Cooke provides an excellent and thorough explanation and analysis of why the Second Amendment arose and remains relevant today. Moreover, the weapons used in San Bernardino massacre were already illegal.
5 – Black Deaths in Encounters with the Police
AP’s sole focus was on the allegations of police brutality and murder and the rationale behind the Black Lives Matter movement, with zero interest in the perspective of the police and the targeting of police for assassination. The Left seems largely apathetic about the illegitimacy of most of those allegations.
“Hands up; don’t shoot” was a fraudulent narrative from the beginning, yet the racial grievance industry continues to regard it as factual. This is one of the Left’s most cherished narratives. As a consequence of perpetuating this racial myth, Ferguson went up in flames. The lives of countless police officers across the country were threatened (some were killed).
Despite all the hype from Black Live Matter activists and the eagerly-complicit media, their memes are false.
Just as the Left refuses to place the blame for terrorism on Islamists, for crime on criminals, for mass shootings on the mentally ill. The Left also refuses to place the blame for dysfunctional black communities in major Democrat cities where it belongs: fifty years of Democrat policies.
Instead, the Left denies the astonishing progress made to achieve Dr. King’s dream and, instead, encourages more violence in the name of alleged black victimhood and black entitlement. Escalating violence in Baltimore is but one of many examples. The “Ferguson Effect” endangers whole communities, including blacks.
6 – Terrorism Worries
Despite the Left’s protestations, Islamic terrorism has been on the rise in America ever since President Obama took office. The AP’s sole entry in this category is the San Bernardino massacre. It completely ignored the many Islamic terrorist attacks committed in the United States during the Obama administration.
The Left regularly employs Orwellian word games for ideological and political purposes. They continually try to redefine terrorism to exclude the actual terrorists committing terrorism and to include their political foes: conservatives and Christians.
Ever-ready to deny the existence of Islamist terrorists, the Left perpetuates the notion that Christians and conservatives are a far greater threat. Perversely, they want to believe this nonsense. A recent poll confirms this observation.
7 – US Election Campaign
The media’s singular obsession with the Trump Phenomenon serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, ratings and money. Second, it enables them to tarnish all Republicans with the Trump brand. Third, it diverts attention away from more credible, serious, and substantive candidates. And fourth, it provides cover for the many character and candidacy flaws of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
8 – Climate Change
That climate change – a non-story – came in number eight on this list shows the extent to which the White House and liberals will promote this myth. Headline: “Obama’s EPA – Holiday Meals Cause ‘Global Warming’’”
Meanwhile, despite its efforts to hype global warming, the media ignores those stories which disprove its thesis.
9 – Charleston Church Shooting
The Charleston massacre by a white supremacist made the list, fitting the media narrative of black victimhood and white racism. Finally, this very real tragedy gave the Left a singular, high-profile of white villainy. This tragic event, roundly condemned by everyone, sparked a massive campaign to destroy all things Confederate or Southern, from the flag to statues and monuments for Confederates and even America’s founding presidents! (Strangely, college campuses remain awash with courses, posters, and memorabilia exalting the Castro regime and other left-wing causes.)
10 – Europe’s Migrant Crisis
Last on the Top Ten list, Europe’s migrant crisis exposes the failures of the Obama administration’s strategy of appeasement and disengagement from the world.
Having made America weaker, Obama claims the opposite. Obama’s appeasement of Putin emboldened Putin’s quest to recreate the Russian Empire. Instead, Obama’s policies frustrate America’s friends and strengthen America’s enemies.
Obama’s precipitous withdrawal from Iraq and hands-off approach to Syria created ISIS and enabled it to seize massive amounts of territory and expand its reach globally.