September 26, 2001...just fifteen days after 9/11 and THIS is the speech that now POTUS candidate Carly Fiorina delivered as CEO of HP. It's also why she does not appear to share the same love of country most freedom-loving Americans expect from a candidate for United States President. This Saturday marks fourteen years since her speech that is still garnering attention, much of it understandably unwanted, but justifiably, especially from the right.
Yes, she was the CEO of HP, a multi-national company. Fifteen days after 9/11 and her speech sounds more like something Barack Obama would have said. The rest of what she says as a POTUS candidate resonates with Republicans, talks of right to life, growing our military and such, but this speech should cause concern. Just like Trump's comments of being in support of single-payer insurance cause concern, but that's for another post.
Arabs have contributed to society, no question. But, so have the Italians, Germans, Chinese, etc. That doesn't mean we praise the entire world history of islam fifteen days after a terrorist attack like 9/11.
Now it's time, boys and girls, for a little history lesson. Following are some inconvenient truths about muslims during the 'greatest civilization' period Carly references in her speech.
This was a civilization that spent several hundred years conquering North Africa between 800 and 1600. The muslims would go in, force conversions on societies, invent stuff, build stuff and yes, they also expanded trade throughout these regions.
The muslim commerce expansion included slave trade...of Africans.
Yes, Africans...owned and sold by muslims...for hundreds of years. Wrap your head around that.
But, the democrat media complex would sure like you to keep believing the lie that black slave ownership was somehow unique to white America and solely our responsibility in history.
The muslim slave trade of Africans was especially elevated in the 1700's. So here's a civilization that went out conquering lands around the world, forcing its beliefs on other societies and Carly Fiorina is praising it as enlightened and the greatest civilization in the world up to that point.
Is she praising islam? Is she praising the imperial nature of islam? Sure seems like it.
If so, try to reconcile in your mind the fact that the left (democrats, progressives, fascists, marxists, socialists, whatever) all want to praise muslims as a peaceful people...who conquered through war large portions of the world for hundreds of years and took Africans as slaves in the process
To extend that line of thought out further, why would a black person ever support a democrat, progressive, fascist, marxist, socialist...or muslim? The answer is simple. They've been conned. They've been told for so long that white conservatives are the problem. They're not. We've long been the solution, but that won't fly on liberal media outlets. Not just the news channels either. The constant lies fed to the American public infiltrate so much of our entertainment that it's a constant stream of liberal lies. It's really staggering how deep that rabbit hole goes.
On a side, but related note, the first legal slave owner in the U.S. was...wait for it...a black man. True story, look it up.
Yes, there were people on both sides of the political aisle that owned slaves. But ultimately, it was Republicans who were actually responsible for ending slavery in the United States. It has long been Republicans who have been more Christian in our response to the centuries old issue of slavery. So don't let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Go read a history book...or five.
Back to the issue of Carly Fiorina praising islam, this is the last segment of her speech. You make the call if she's just being diplomatic or if her praising islam is as questionable as it seems. Click here or the link at the bottom for the whole speech on HP.com....
September 26, 2001
I'll end by telling you a story.
There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.
It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.
One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.
And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.
Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.
When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.
While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.
Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.
And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population–that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.
This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.
In dark and serious times like this, we must affirm our commitment to building societies and institutions that aspire to this kind of greatness. More than ever, we must focus on the importance of leadership– bold acts of leadership and decidedly personal acts of leadership.
With that, I’d like to open up the conversation and see what we, collectively, believe about the role of leadership.
Full text of her speech here.