Let’s not let the events of the last two weeks go by without putting them in proper context.
A second-generation immigrant from Afghanistan whose father was an open sympathizer with the Taliban, a practicing Muslim from a sharia-preaching mosque that had already produced one jihadist suicide bomber, a man who had been on the nation’s counterterrorism radar after having proclaimed a connection with terrorist groups, rolled through an Orlando gay nightclub and shot over 100 people, killing 49. This happened after he spooked a gun-store owner from whom he was attempting to purchase weapons, ammunition and body armor, and the store owner notified the authorities — without result.
That Omar Mateen may have been homosexual himself, as the media narrative of the last few days has advertised, does not conflict with the above; in fact, it would make sense as a motivation. As a believer in the radical strain of Islam which holds that to become a shahid — a martyr to the jihadist cause expiring in the act of killing infidels for Allah — is to extinguish all sins, including those for which one under sharia would be put to death, and earn a one-way ticket to Paradise, Mateen could very well have seen himself as resolving all of his inner conflict and putting all of his earthly problems to bed.
That would certainly be the impression one might get from reading the transcripts of the calls Mateen made to 9-1-1 while taking a break from slaughtering the unfortunates at the Pulse nightclub. He didn’t equivocate and he didn’t stutter — he made it very clear he was killing in the name of Allah. That’s an unmistakable conclusion the reader of the transcript comes to.
If one was able to see the unedited version, that is, since the Justice Department’s initial idea was to censor them to eliminate the references to Allah and jihad where it could.
Because to the Democratic Party in 2016, narrative is everything. And it is simply not acceptable that so high-profile and shocking an event as the Orlando massacre dominate news cycles without falling under a narrative useful to the Democratic Party in an election year.
And home-grown jihadists displaying more red flags than a May Day parade who explode in a blinding flash of predictable violence while a federal law enforcement apparatus de-fanged by a Democrat president was paralyzed to stop it — paralyzed, of course, by the Democrats’ narrative about Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry — that simply won’t do.
So in the face of pristine evidence that the problem Orlando presents as a matter of policy is the presence of jihad in our midst, Barack Obama gave us…gun control.
And the Democratic Party has talked of little else since.
This week the House Democrats, who since being turned into a minority in the 2010 elections have had virtually nothing to do, decided to make themselves “relevant” by staging a geriatric version of a 1960s sit-in on the House floor, led by the geriatric John Lewis. The Georgia congressman, who has lived for nearly half a century in politics off the fame he garnered for having marched with Martin Luther King and been injured in the fray, served as the face of the protest. His pouting visage covered the front pages of newspapers across the country as the Democrats mooned for their own mobile phone cameras smuggled onto the floor, while the Republican leadership attempted, unsuccessfully, to put down the revolt. Finally, on Thursday House speaker Paul Ryan gave up, putting the House into recess until after the Fourth of July. Lewis boasts that the sit-in will continue at that time and he and his cohorts doubtless are praying for Capitol Hill police to intervene by arresting them.
After all, as Ryan noted, the entire stunt is little more than a fundraising gimmick.
And what’s all this for, other than an attempt to motivate easily-led leftists? Why, gun control. And specifically the promotion of legislation so inimical to the constitutional principles for which Lewis marched in the 1960s — our civil rights under the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments — as to make a mockery of his continued identification as a “civil rights hero.”
Lewis is no more that than Bruce Jenner is an icon of American masculinity. Jenner, after all, was at one time an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon rather than the world’s most famous tranny.
Would Dr. King, a gun owner placed on a government watch list, have looked favorably on the legislation Lewis promotes with his derriere attached to the House floor? The “civil rights hero” would make it impossible to buy a firearm if an unaccountable government functionary puts one on a list of suspects. No due process, no notice given. Just go to a gun store and find out the bad news that your rights are being denied to you — and then you can lawyer up and spend your own money in an attempt to recover them.
The administration keeping this list, of course, would be the same administration that sicced the IRS on people it deemed its political enemies. But there’s no reason for concern that only Muslim terrorists like Omar Mateen would be on such a list.
And meanwhile, the Obama Justice Department which assumed the same position as Lewis and his cohorts while Mateen plotted his crime with the suspected assistance (if reluctant, as she declared) of his wife, sent our Attorney General Loretta Lynch in front of the cameras to put on a quite amazing show.
Lynch admitted that she has no idea where the wife might be, and then averred that the “most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it’s unity, and it’s love.” One might be excused for inquiring as to the curative properties of competent law enforcement in combatting terrorism.
Would that we had some.
Instead we have a collection of elected and appointed dunces whose never-ending prescription is to rob you of your freedoms. And they will do everything they can, including the stupidity of plopping down on the floor all day, in order to make you agree.
Never put these people in charge. Never.
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