Michelle Obama Bring Back Girls APIt was only a few months ago that celebrities and politicians took to Twitter to take on radical Islamic nutcases with the power of the hashtag. Inundated with millions upon millions of “#BringBackOurGirls” images, Nigerian terrorists sold their victims into slavery and married them off to terrorists and terrorist-sympathizers.

The Associated Press reported Saturday:

With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom.

“If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago.

In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.

Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. Do not bring hashtags to a gunfight. It’s really that simple, and yet every generation has its fair share of individuals engaging in self-congratulatory theater with themselves in the role of the enlightened diplomat.

Abubakar Shekau

The way that you defeat an enemy is to first be able to accurately define him for those tasked with bringing about his unconditional surrender. Unfortunately, we live in a world where men like Ben Affleck start crying if you call an Islamic terrorist group Islamic, and presidents like Mr. Obama can say that the Islamic State group is not Islamic.

Whatever happened to Darfur? Why does The Kony 2012 YouTube video have over 99 million views, but those who liked the video are now, ironically, out of sight like “invisible children”? It’s because the modern left loves to let the world know that it cares about murder and genocide and oppressed peoples around the globe, but it doesn’t particularly like the hard work necessary to dispose of dictators and despots and entrenched warlords.

Do you want to send a couple thousand U.S. soldiers to west Africa to build hospitals for Ebola patients? “We can do that. We’ll call it Operation United Assistance!”

Do you want to deploy U.S. soldiers to take on the Islamic terrorist group that has beheaded and murdered its way to its own mini-caliphate over large swathes of Iraq and Syria? “Never! What are you, a war monger?”

Conservatives are often mocked for their affinity for “dead white men,” but there are a lot of dead white men who were pretty smart. Thomas Paine was one of them. He observed: “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

It’s not quite as eloquent, but Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame also put it well when he said, “Everybody wants to change the world, but no one, no one wants to die…”

We constantly strive to create heaven on earth, no matter how many times our own human nature proves that it is impossible to attain. There are tinctures of heaven that we can can hold for brief moments in time — freedom and liberty — but those come at a steep price. Good men have to be ready and willing to die for them. Unfortunately, Americans today are so spoiled by the standard of living that modern technology affords them that they take those things for granted. They treat everything like it’s a punchline and laugh at those who cherish the principles that are essential to sustaining a healthy civil society.

Americans in 2014 say they love freedom, but that’s only true if they can secure it with a hashtag or a “like” as they wait for their order at Starbucks. Men like Abubakar Shekau understand that reality all too well, which is why hundreds of girls in Nigeria are now sex slaves to Islamic terrorists.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

17 comments

  1. As I said in the past, they only got on the bandwagon so they’d feel good about themselves and didn’t care about getting the girls back.

    1. As I said in the past, they only got on the bandwagon so they’d feel good about themselves and didn’t care about getting the girls back.

      It’s really tough to explain what’s going on. I think the vast majority of them do care about the girls, but their minds have marinated in PC Soup for so long that they can’t think straight. They’re so conditioned to believe that anyone who disagrees with them “racist” or “sexist” or a “war monger” that they really don’t have to think critically. And then it gets even weirder because the culture is so filled with narcissists that they think they’ve done “their part” by hitting “retweet” or “like.” They want freedom, but only if it can be maintained in 140 characters or less. You just have to cringe.

  2. Good post. You really nailed it with your last sentence.

    Freedom defended with a strongly worded tweet or a clever hashtag, just does not fill you with a whole lot of confidence, does it? Recently facebook had this meme about a tribe in Africa who, when somebody does something bad, all gather around and say nice things about the person. Naturally people were promoting this as a way of solving world conflicts. All I could say is, “Great, but I think we’re probably all going to die.”

    1. Recently facebook had this meme about a tribe in Africa who, when somebody does something bad, all gather around and say nice things about the person. Naturally people were promoting this as a way of solving world conflicts. All I could say is, “Great, but I think we’re probably all going to die.”

      That reminds me of the Rolling Stone article “Welcome to the Occupation,” by Jeff Sharlet:

      “Twice I woke up. Once when a squat woman with dreads down to her knees shuffled by with a broom…and a second time when a deranged man, top-heavy like a bulldog, punched the air above my head, daring anyone to take a shot at him. The occupation’s security, thin-limbed men with walkie-talkies, spread their arms out like birds and surrounded him. “We love you, man,” they said, over and over, containing but never touching. Finally he fled; the scene was too strange for the conventional crazy.”

      There are reasons why the Occupy movement disintegrated and African tribes struggle in 2014, as uncomfortable as those reasons may be for some to hear. The founders fused a few very important elements together at America’s inception, and as we abandon those elements the country will unravel.

  3. “Conservatives are often mocked for their affinity for “dead white men,” but there are a lot of dead white men who were pretty smart.”

    Lord knows that I’ve been mocked many times for bringing up the Founders’ vision of America. Liberals love to use the whole “they were white slave owners!” line, but ignore the fact that it was the norm for the time and Western civilization is a big reason why no longer exists here.

    1. A big problem with people today is that they cannot detach from their world view when looking at the actions of people throughout history.

      Slavery has existed as far back as historical records go and probably goes back even further. But to judge people by today’s standards is ridiculous.

    2. Slavery has existed as far back as historical records go and probably goes back even further. But to judge people by today’s standards is ridiculous.

      And that’s where the lack of critical thinking skills comes in today. So many people are unable to put things into historical context, or to understand that the actions of fallible men do not invalidate the universal principles they espoused. For the United States, its founders faced a situation where to push the slavery issue immediately upon gaining independence would have completely obliterated any chance of keeping the Union together. It wasn’t ready for another war then, but ultimately a war did need to happen. The principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law by the U.S. Constitution essentially guaranteed that if the people took those words seriously, then there would be a day of reckoning.

      Again, good men had to be ready and willing to die for what was right.

  4. Despite the horrific situation, I remember that I couldn’t hear or read “respect the power of the hashtag” and keep a straight face.

    According to twitter at the moment the following hashtags are trending:

    #PrinceonSNL
    #HappybirthdaySRK
    #Furious7
    #AUSvENG

    Powerful messages indeed…

    1. I have never seen a single “Fast and Furious” movie. I know that a couple of them are supposed to be legitimately good, but they just look too ridiculous. I have also never seen a “Transformers” movie.

    2. My dad and I watched one of the Fast and the Furious movies a while back. He’s a car nut, so he had a blast mocking the filmmakers’ lack of mechanical knowledge.

    3. I can’t stand the transformers films. The fast and furious films are silly but watchable.

      As Carl says, the physics are ridiculous.

  5. Hollywood and the MSM have already lost interest in #BringBackOurGirls, forgotten all about the kidnapped victims, and have moved on to whatever is this year’s trendy cause celebre.

  6. “I have never seen a single “Fast and Furious” movie. I know that a couple of them are supposed to be legitimately good, but they just look too ridiculous. I have also never seen a “Transformers” movie.”

    You are not missing much….I want my time back. Maybe I will make a tweet about it…..but then I would need a twitter account. #forget it

  7. Reblogged this on Undefined and commented:
    “Whatever happened to Darfur? Why does The Kony 2012 YouTube video have over 99 million views, but those who liked the video are now, ironically, out of sight like “invisible children”? It’s because the modern left loves to let the world know that it cares about murder and genocide and oppressed peoples around the globe, but it doesn’t particularly like the hard work necessary to dispose of dictators and despots and entrenched warlords.”

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