So what are we to make of this new word of the year, xenophobia? Anointed as such by Dictionary.com, it was put into the popular lexicon by none other than President Barack Obama.
It was politically inspired through and through. Obama never missed an opportunity to diss his political opponents. And as an advocate of open borders and inviting residents all countries, nations rife with Islamic radicalism in particular, he laid out the bait. Calling them "xenophobic" makes him sound so much more sophisticated than simply calling them racist.
But is it really so wrong to fear Islamic terrorism? We have terrorists popping up all across the U.S. who have fooled a lot of people until the moment they plowed down innocent people with a vehicle, knife or gun. Only then do we discover the murderous spirit that lurked beneath the veneer of a peace loving Muslim.
Most Muslims may love peace. And immigrants probably appreciate most of the freedoms they have in the U.S.
But is it really unreasonable for average Americans to be a little bit wary? Rattle snake bites are rare, but anyone who strolls through weedy areas known to be home to rattle snakes is going to be very careful. That's not a phobia, that's common sense.
Meanwhile, anyone determined to be non-phobicly politically correct will exhibit compassion for terrorists and look like a real idiot to rational people.