The social media-fueled #BringBackOurGirls campaign aimed at bringing worldwide attention and reaction to the shocking kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls has united two groups of Americans around single causes.
One is the much-needed effort to find and release the girls from inhumane captivity.
The other is an appalling attempt by members of the ultraconservative, attention-seeking media to use the incident to their political advantage.
Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and George Will
all have recklessly spoken out in recent days, demeaning the campaign as something meaningless. (Sidelight: Of course, it’s been fun to see how Coulter especially has been mocked for her participation in trying to undermine this effort.)
They are united in attacking anything decent attempted by the Obama administration, even something as horrifying as the Nigerian situation.
With their comments, they all seem to support some kind of action, without a clear plan for exactly what that would mean except sending an invasive force into Nigerian and, apparently, killing lots of the kidnappers.
First Lady Michelle Obama, who famously has helped become a leading member of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, has borne the brunt of some of the attacks.
But the ignorance shown by Limbaugh and his ilk is not surprising.
After all, they hate everything the Obama administration tries to do. To be clear, the administration — like much of the rest of the world — was slow to react to the situation in Nigeria. It took too long for people to become outraged by the behavior of the Nigerian terrorists who carried out this despicable action.
However, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, much of which began in Nigeria, has helped spur the United States and other countries to look at sensible ways to pressure the Nigerian government to be more proactive in what they are doing to find the kidnappers and bring them to justice.
The United States also has sent some forces to Nigeria to help carry out a mission to bring the girls back.
Americans of good conscious know what side they stand on: They are proud of the country for trying to correct an injustice in Nigeria. These Americans know the limit of American firepower in a foreign land. But they also know that something must be done to help the Nigerian girls.
Meanwhile, the conservative media forces wallow in the muck, not doing anything but playing politics.