The following roll call of votes from a recent U.S. House of Representatives vote shows, in vivid and stark black and white, the difference between Democrats and Republicans with regard to the issue of the problem of Islam.
The vote concerned an amendment meant to punish the New York City police department by taking away their funding for a long-standing operation they have been conducting of surveillance of Muslims in mosques and other community and private settings.
Thankfully, the amendment was defeated. But taking a look at the link I provided above of the roll call, one sees that overwhelmingly, Democrats voted against the amendment, while overwhelmingly, Republicans voted in favor of it. (A good brief overview of the vote may be read here.)
This demonstrates powerfully that there is more rationality resident in the Republican sociopolitical culture, compared with that of the Democratic sociopolitical culture.
Good God, with the metasasizing problem of deadly Islamic terrorism, the least we ought to do is institute such programs of surveillance of our growing Muslim populations. Shame on our representatives for voting against this amendment.
While I have often stressed that the problem of PC MC is not a Leftist problem, but a much broader sociopolitical problem precisely because it has infected, and affected, too many among the conservatives, centrists -- as well as that often ignored sociopolitical demographic, the Comfortably Apolitical -- nevertheless, this does not mean that Left and Right are exactly equal in this regard. My rhetorical efforts over the years in stressing the broadly deleterious effects of PC MC -- spanning across the Left/Right divide -- have been conducted in the spirit of countering what I have perceived to be a simplistic hyperbole that almost obsessively sees only "Leftists" and "liberals" as the problem; where, obviously, the Bush Epiphany (you know, George "Islam is a great religion of peace" Bush) ought to have disabused us of that long ago.
Nevertheless, May 12 was a day to remind us of the other side of the coin: the remarkable degree of irrationality cultivated by Democrats, contrasted with Republicans, with regard to the problem of Islam.