“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate. ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there’s war between Islam and the West … that feeds the ISIL narrative.”
- President Obama
This is what President Obama said the other day about the political discourse erupting among the Republican Party over the terrorist attacks in Paris, the dangerous rhetoric they use, and their rejection of refugees fleeing ISIL in Syria.
In essence, Republicans playing into the terrorists hands by passing a bill to block refugees from coming to the U.S. is no different. In doing so they're also going against everything America stands for by turning away those who are fleeing the terrorists in their own country after their party created the problem in the first place with the Iraq war. Once again, Republicans are targeting the wrong people. Add to that the utter inhumanity of turning them away, especially when just weeks ago some were complaining that the President wasn't aiding the refugees enough.
My how the tables have turned.
To make matters worse, 47 Democrats joined the Republicans to vote and pass a bill to block the refugees, a bill President Obama has vowed to veto.
Among those Democrats joining the Republicans to abandon the refugees, sell out the country, and our values for political gain were Florida's Rep. Gwen Graham and Rep. Patrick Murphy. Graham is facing a tough reelection and Murphy is now running for the Senate seat that's currently empty because Marco Rubio has abandoned his job, also for political gain, as a White House hopeful. They were the only Florida Democrats to join all the Florida Republicans in voting for the bill.
Both have a habit of voting with Republicans to protect themselves, and both could have done the right and humanitarian thing here, but once again they didn't. Instead, they offered the following excuses: