Chafing under criticism that they aren’t taking the threat from ISIS seriously, the State Department has launched an initiative to bring the barbarian terrorists to heel. Foregoing crude tactics like the threat of force or aggressive diplomacy, the Obama Administration has returned to what it knows best. They have created a logo.
Jon says its “seven fonts and eight colors” offends him as a graphic designer rather than as an American, but I find it downright creepy. Let me explain.
My community is a nice little suburb not too far from a couple of major metro areas — just like tens and tens of millions of other Americans. The “solution to violent extremism” does not begin in my community, or yours, unless we’re talking the violent extremism of people who hardly ever remember to bring their trash cans in on time*. And look at those happy little clip arts — an elementary school, a coffee shop, a park bench, a home, a computer, an office building — these are not the places where violent extremism is given birth, or at least not in this country.
So why has this inapt logo, aimed squarely at suburban and exurban America, emerged from our own foreign affairs department?
Remember this news item from just late last week:
A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.
Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.
State’s happy little logo is the gentlest form of agitprop, reminding the Progressive Faithful that the real threat comes from America’s hundred million or so Bitter Clingers, and to make us suburb-dwellers feel guilty for horrible crimes we haven’t committed and never will commit.
Because if it wasn’t clear before, it’s certainly clear now that it doesn’t matter if you’re a churchgoer in flyover country or a jihadi patrolling the streets of Mosul, the Obama White House thinks it’s just one group of Bitter Clingers after another.
The difference is, you’re the threat the Administration takes seriously.
*Sorry. That would be me.