On June 16, 1858 Abraham Lincoln made a speech in which he referred to the problem of slavery as a “House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.” Of course, his prophesy became fact on April 12, 1861 when the South attacked Fort Sumter South Carolina setting off a war that would last for 4 years and cost over 600,000 American lives. In the end, the brutal act of slavery was abolished, and the South was destroyed. It took decades after the war ended until the South was once again economically stable.

Last Sunday, president Trump announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS had been killed. He set off a suicide vest while he was being pursued by U.S. troops. The blast killed him and three of his children. By any measure the leader of ISIS was brutal. He killed countless men, women and children that were opponents to his view of religion. It is believed that as many as 7,500 people are being held as slaves while he brutalizes them.

No media source condemned the assassination of al-Baghdadi except one, The Washington Post who referred to the brutal dictator as “an austere religious leader.” That is like reporting the death of Adolf Hitler as a former altar boy. The headline caused a tremendous backlash even from some of the most liberal members of our society. The Post claimed that they did not intend to make the monster into a martyr, but that they were emphasizing at one point in his life he was a devout religious man who held a doctorate degree from the Islamic University.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon is the owner of the Washington Post. He bought the paper so that he has a very large mouthpiece for his liberal views. Nothing wrong with that. He has every right to own the paper and to express his views as a liberal. Where the problem comes in is that when he was questioned about the Obituary headline of al-Baghdadi he had no comment. In other words, he approved a headline of a brutal terrorist that had not only killed American soldiers but also killed American citizens.

The U.S. has never been more divided politically. The tactics used by both sides of the isle are appalling. There is no longer a middle ground politically. You are either a conservative or a liberal. No matter which side you are on the other side views you with great skepticism, and as downright evil. If we don’t heed Mr. Lincoln’s advice we may find out the consequences of a house divided!

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz