Radical Islam – What’s in a Name?

By: the Common Constitutionalist

Does it really matter if an administration won’t call ISIS Islamic?

Does it really make a difference whether they call it terrorism, Islamic terrorism, or just extremism?

What’s in a name? Is it going cause our administration to somehow fight harder, or at all?

21 beheadedWe conservatives constantly rail against political populism and grandstanding. But isn’t that what this is? We’ve heard sayings like “We have to name it” and “We must recognize and put a name to evil.”

Why? What’s in a name? I know I sound like one of those squishy establishment “no labels” weenies, and I frankly don’t care if I do.

But I ask again – what’s the big deal in calling ISIS Islamic. We could call them a tuna fish sandwich or a hippopotamus – what’s the difference?

My point is that everyone on the right is getting hung up on this “Islamic” label. We champion that Reagan called the Soviet Union the evil empire and Bush called out the new axis of evil.

Yeah, those made us all feel good and patriotic and want to chant “USA, USA” and all. I get that and I agree that those declarations can be an important national unifier, but beyond that, they’re just good theater. read more