With November looming for Democrats, they know that they do not have much time for strategizing. But they can always fall back on one of their favorites, dividing the American people into groups. For Liberals, a group of “victims” translates into groups of targeted voters.
One group that is usually quite silent when it comes to American politics is American Muslims. One would assume that they vote for the candidate of their choice as private American citizens. But their political clout as a whole could be changing.
Recently, The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) was formed. During a news conference in Washington D.C., the group stated that the purpose behind their formation is to bring various Muslim organizations together to give Muslim Americans a more prominent voice in the political process. However, many who monitor the actions and associations of these groups say that a political agenda is not what is going on.
The USCMO has brought together eight national groups. Some of the groups in question are said to have strong ties to terrorist organizations such as Hamas. So is a strong political coalition for Muslim Americans to have a forceful voice in politics really the reason for these groups coming together?
The answer may lie in just exactly who the charter members of this organization are. Top of the list is CAIR, The Council on American Islamic relations. CAIR is a known outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, and their executive director and co-founder is a member of the Palestine Committee, a group that has allegedly supported Hamas politically and financially in the United States.
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) caters mostly to Asian Muslims living in America. However their principles and beliefs are anything but apple pie, baseball, and Chevy trucks. Their charter states that “establishment of the Islamic system of life” does not just pertain to individuals. Their hand book says “striving to make this Deen (Islam) a way of life for all”.
The Muslim American Society is also a creation of Muslim Brotherhood members here in the U.S. Their annual conferences attract radical speakers who advocate for jihad and are fairly influential among al-Qaida followers.
Two other high-profile groups, the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, have yet to join the USCMO.
In 2011, the Muslim population in America was estimated to be around 2.6 million people. Realistically, that could prove to be a powerful voting bloc, but traditionally, Muslims on average do not turn out in large numbers to vote. They are usually socially conservative, but lean left politically. They supported President Obama by over 80% in 2012.
When CAIR was founded in 1993, the founders of that organization were looking for a group that was media savvy, and had a bit of legal background behind them that could be presented as a Civil Rights group of sorts for Muslim Americans. But as their shady financial history has come to light, and their efforts to shut down the free speech of anyone opposing their agenda, CAIR looks less and less like a civil rights group.
All Americans should have a say in the political process. A group to bring Muslim Americans more political influence would encourage this. But as we have seen suspected Muslim Brotherhood members being welcomed into the White House on a regular basis, it might already be happening.