Orlando

1280x720_60612P00-ZTIPWSaturday night fifty-one Americans were killed. Not gay Americans, not gay, male Americans, not anything less than full undifferentiated Americans. That is what is wrong with almost all of the coverage. These people were Americans, and our countrymen. It’s possible that we don’t agree with their lifestyle choices, their sexual orientation, their political goals, their religion, if any, even their dress style. So what? They were Americans fully entitled to all the priveledges of being so.

They were apparently murdered by a person who disliked their lifestyle. Who died and made him God, anyway? That’s the problem with so much these days. Instead of worrying about making ourselves better, we’ve decided that we’re as perfect as can be, and so we must tell everyone else what to do. Well, that ain’t my America, nor was it what Salisbury was talking about, and why that quote is in the sidebar here. And that’s a major problem in our society these days. Our government is quickly becoming much too authoritarian. Yes, there is danger in freedom, the danger that a lone fool can do something like this, but even today, I can say that we gain enough from freedom to warrant the risk.

But there is something else here. Until Saturday, he had committed no crime sufficient to deprive him of any of his rights, but he had it seems, twice made enough comments, detailing his feelings about homosexuals, and/or America to warrant a visit from the FBI, and it seems somewhat likely that they downplayed the investigation because he is Muslim. And that too is wrong, and unAmerican, it is time and beyond time to remember that equal under the law means equal, and quit playing favorites. I suspect (in fact I know) I’m not the first to notice that the Muslim interest group trumps both women and gays (probably so-called transgendered as well) with our leftist politicians today.

He was a security guard for G4S, a British firm, most of their American operations used to be Wackenhut, which merged with G4S, it is the largest security firm in the world, with many government contracts, including with DHS. Amongst other things, that refutes the entire anti-gun argument, he was a licensed to carry arms, specifically, although there are those troubling reports that led to the FBI interest, that may indicate that he should have been terminated for his Islamic terrorist connections, or maybe not, it’s none too clear, but it is troubling.

In fact, it smacks of political correctness sweeping the issue under the rug, and that’s hardly unheard of in either the US or the UK, and is a very bad thing. Another manifestation of political correctness we saw almost instantly was a willingness to obfuscate the facts in an attempt to shift the blame, somewhere, anywhere other than Islamic extremism. Well, I’ll go this far, Islamic extremism didn’t commit this crime, a very troubled Islamic extremist did, and he too is dead. Whether he was influenced by others is a proper course of investigation, but likely a sterile one.

And there is one other thing, as always, the only thing that stopped a bad man with a gun, was a good man with a gun, in this case, a SWAT officer. Good on him, I’m not going to call him a hero, although he may be, but he is a man who did his job competently and well. But the club was a gun free zone, and as always, the perpetrator selected a gun free zone for his attack. Well, why wouldn’t he go where there will be no effective opposition? But what would have happened if 1 or 5 or 50 of those enjoying the club had been armed and trained? Would we be burying 51 Americans, and nursing another 50 or so back to health? I doubt it.

And so we come down to this: until we are willing, as a nation, to look reality in the face, indeed, to stare into the face of evil without flinching, this will happen again and again. There is only one perpetrator here, who is dead, and so will face no earthly trial, but contingent responsibility for this atrocity extends to much of the so-called leadership.

And a few words of benediction to my God for the victims,

UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother[s] departed, and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself. (1928 BCP)

And for the rest of us, a phrase occurs to me, coming from those who willingly give their lives over to defend us all, for truly, America, and freedom itself is under attack.

Lock and Load

I also note gratefully that Jessica has posted her feelings on “All along the Watchtower” in an excellent article. It is here

 

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9 Responses to Orlando

  1. Reblogged this on My Daily Musing and commented:

    Enough said

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  2. This is the best post I have seen on the subject. And dare I say it is better than most articles in magazines and newspapers. Until we as a people dare to look evil in the eye, we will continue to suffer these atrocities. Politcal correctness has made us weak. ISIS and their followers our the modern day Hilter and Nazis. And as long as we all decide to be Neville Chamberlain and appease these soldiers of hate these atrocities will continue. Love isn’t going to make them stop.

    Let me say this, I realize not all Muslims are terrorists. But a high percentage of terrorists are Islamic religious radicals.

    Perhaps one day the United States will have a President who will be a little less concerned with what gender is using which bathroom or his golf score, and worry a little more about destroying people who want to kill Americans.

    Great post. You have just won over a new follower.

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    • NEO says:

      Why thank you so much, and welcome. We try to be reasonable in tone (mostly!) but yes, your diagnosis is exactly what I believe. We should love them, as Christ tells us, but that does not, to me anyway, say that we do not defend ourselves, and most importantly others from evil.

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      • Exactly. I will be watchful of my tone. Looking forward to more posts from you.

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        • NEO says:

          That wasn’t meant to be a warning to you – more likely to me, actually 🙂

          Thank you for that, and I think you’ll enjoy my co-blogger, Jessica, as well, if she ever again find time.

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        • LOL I didn’t take it as a warning. I have to be mindful of my words. I always try to preach love, peace, and acceptance on my blog, then these incidents derail me. Thanks and be well.

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        • NEO says:

          My problem, stated better than I can. 🙂

          Be well, indeed.

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  3. Citizen Tom says:

    What people believe makes a difference in their behavior. What is in the Koran is not compatible with what Americans believe about God-given rights, or, or that matter, secular government-given rights. That being the case it makes no sense to allow or encourage people where terrorism is prevalent to come here. Are most of the nations where terrorism is prevalent predominantly Muslim? Well, doesn’t it sort of make sense it would be that way?

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  4. the unit says:

    And Obama said Tuesday…
    When confronted with proper name for enemy, Obama said…
    “What exactly would using this label accomplish?” Obama asked. “What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is, none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.”
    Plagiarism? Sounds a lot like “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

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