Much ink and not a few electrons have already been used to dissect the attack this week in California. What’s finally prompting me to add my small voice is seeing the wording by which the President directed government agencies to fly the flag at half-staff*:
As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions through December 7, 2015.
This is why America faces more immediate danger than any time I can remember in my lifetime. This is why we cannot get a handle on confronting and destroying Islamist networks. This President steadfastly refuses to use the word “terrorism” unless it can be hung on his political enemies at home.
Think I exaggerate? Within minutes of the shootings in Colorado, the entire left side of the spectrum was practically giddy at the thought a violent anti-abortionist would let them discredit a political viewpoint and at the same time demand more gun restrictions. There was NO HESITATION to call it “domestic terrorism,” even while the standoff was going on and authorities were stressing the shooter’s motivations were not yet clear. As more details have emerged, major media outlets have made much of the man’s professed “religious fervor,” though even they have to admit his theology amounted to saying one thing and doing another. But never mind he’s not a Bible-adhering Christian: he claimed to be a Christian so that’s enough to initiate the guilt-by-association campaign. By Jove, those gun-toting, Bible-thumping Christians are the greatest threat to our society! Well, after Global Warming, that is.
Contrast that with the San Bernadino shootings. The proclamation above gets nowhere close to the word “terrorism,” instead blaming inanimate objects (“guns”) once again for the violence. While this is great rhetoric for the left’s relentless agenda to disarm ordinary Americans, it has the disadvantage of skirting around reality.
That reality includes the perpetrators’ Islamic faith, which somehow doesn’t seem to warrant as much coverage as Robert Dear’s deluded version of Christianity. Syed Rizwan Farook, the son of Pakistani immigrants, traveled to Saudi Arabia to marry someone he’d met online (and who was able to get a thumbs up from Homeland (in)Security for a visa to live here). His friends and family knew him to be absorbed by his Islamic faith, and he was in contact with known radicals. He and his wife stockpiled thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as materials for a pipe bomb assembly line in their apartment.
In this case, the news wanted to float the idea this was “workplace violence.” Farook’s family claims he was teased by coworkers about his faith (never mind they also threw the couple a baby shower — for a child this couple left with its grandmother so they could go kill 14 people!). About the only reference to the perpetrators’ religion is coverage of how Muslims are supposedly dealing with a backlash, the driver for which seems to be a mystery. Despite the weapons cache and bomb-making materials, the FBI will only say “terrorism isn’t ruled out.” Way to go, Inspector Clouseau! I’m sure the President’s unwillingness to ever call any Islamic terrorism by its name has NOTHING to do with your open verdict — or the rampant sense of insecurity now felt by many Americans.
So, to sum up: the Colorado shooting means we need gun control and to reign in the protests from conservative Christians morally opposed to abortion. The California shooting… well, since we don’t know his motivation (“he was such a nice, quiet guy!”), we’ll just blame it on the guns and double down on disarming America. After all, we wouldn’t want to profile people — that’s doubleplusungood.
America has enemies, at home and abroad. Increasingly, I’m of the opinion that the Democrats, especially this President, need to be considered conscious enablers of those enemies. Instead of confronting the threat of militant Islam, they’d rather jet around the world talking about Global Warming (how’s THAT for hypocrisy?), browbeat Americans so they don’t act on suspicions, push to import thousands more from the region that spawned this hellish ideology in the first place, all while working to disarm the law-abiding public. I’ll just say Molon Labe to that last bit.
History will not be kind to them. Nor, I suspect, will the next decade or so be kind to our country, which has allowed these festering sores to rule over us. We’re always told an election is “the most importantest ever,” but that’s very true in 2016. Unless we elect leaders who actually believe in Western Civilization and what America used to stand for, and who will bar fifth columns from forming through immigration, and who will protect the rights of Americans to defend themselves against criminals and terrorists (but I repeat myself), well, there likely won’t be a presidential election in 2020.
At least not for the country we knew.
(*) – By the way, on land, the flag is sometimes flown at half-staff. Only at sea (or on Navy/Coast Guard installations) is it ever flown at half-mast. Get it right, people! (End of pet peeve rant)