The Islamist terrorist shooting in Orlando was an act of despicable evil. Yet, the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama cannot bring himself to act or to even speak of terrorism with any kind of authority or without letting his own progressive dogmas get in the way of speaking truth.
Here are some thoughts and questions about President Obama's speech after the terrorist act:
Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people.Right off the bat, Obama is incapable of calling terrorism what it is. By using the term "murder" he, right in line with progressive ideology, puts terrorism into the realm of crime, rather than as an act of war.
Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate.As many have already pointed out, Obama is incapable of saying "radical Islamic terror" or "Islamist terror." This relegates terrorism to an amorphous kind of violence that, according to progressive dogma, has no perpetrator. There is no "enemy" in terrorism, just destructive acts that occur at random by anyone and everyone. Only the weapon is left to blame as an enemy.
Without naming an enemy - radical Islam - Obama allows that anyone could be a terrorists, you, me, the neighbor across the street. Anyone has this potential in progressive dogma, rather than a group which defines its terrorism as a part of its practice of Islam.
By including the phrase "an act of hate," coupled with terrorism, Obama signals that the progressive concept of "hate crime" is somehow more heinous than regular, plain old terrorism. Most people would nod their heads at this statement and say, "Of course this was an act of hate." Obama, however, uses the term in a specific way, indicating that since a gay club was targeted, this crime was also a hate crime.
In effect, he's saying, "See? This is what homophobia leads to. This is why we need special laws that protect gays."
The conclusion is rather silly, given what we know of Islamist ideology and its abhorrence of homosexuality. The conclusion may also be completely false as new evidence comes to light that the scumbag terrorist may also have been gay.
We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.Obama refuses to acknowledge the detestable terrorist's stated connection with ISIS, instead diluting his statement with an appeal to the evil terrorist's "motivation." Again, showing that he understands terrorism as a crime, rather than as an act of war, Obama sidesteps any reference to Islamists, even though the terrorist clearly stated his "motivation" in a phone call to 911 during the siege.
What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days, we’ll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us.Yes, yes, yes, the disgusting terrorist was filled with hatred. Obama's statement, however, again refers to a specific keyword in progressive dogma which connects the slime-ball terrorist as a homophobe. Such a worldview simply cannot recognize "wherever the facts lead us," as Obama has already begun the process of hiding the facts.
This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends -- our fellow Americans -- who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live. The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub -- it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.Here's the meat of Obama's "heartfelt" statement. He got the obligatory stuff out of the way in order to preach the gospel of homosexuality. Of course, anyone with half a brain knows that no nightclub in the entire world is "a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights." What utter nonsense.
Yet Obama wants to bamboozle the American people into thinking that somehow a gay nightclub is a noble and empowering place. This, of course, fits in with progressive dogma, which must promote poor choices with noble causes. Seriously, when was the last time an all-night debauch and bender produced anything more noble than regret and a hangover?
But that's not the point to our President. He must paint a pretty picture of civil rights and solidarity and empowerment simply because it fits in with his progressive dogma about hate crime.
So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation -- is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.
Obama's statement is not a threat to Islamist terrorists. His statement is a threat to any American who disagrees with the political ideology of the left. His talk of "values" is a thinly veiled reference only to progressive values. To progressives, hate is a far more heinous crime than terrorism. (Notice how at this point Obama puts the word "hate" first in the list?) Because hate leads to terrorism, anyone who would dare even to disagree with the new "values that make us Americans" is in danger of being labeled a terrorist.
This includes regular, ordinary, non-Muslim Americans who may happen to disagree with progressive dogmas.
Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.
And now we finally get to the "tough action" that Obama promises the American people. How easily he slips into the worn-out memes of the progressive left. Terrorism isn't war, it's a crime. Hate is the worst offender. Guns are evil. "Powerful assault rifles" are even more evil than evil guns.
I checked all of my guns just this morning, including my "powerful assault rifles." Not a single one of them ran out last night and committed an act of terrorism. None of them infiltrated a gay nightclub and shot up the place. None of them even know where a gay nightclub exists around here.
When Obama says, "we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be," what he's really saying is, "We need no throw out the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution because it's getting in the way of my progressive dogma."
Let's face it, blaming guns for violence is too easy. It's a bit like blaming the hammer for striking the nail too well. Blaming guns ignores the root causes of terrorism. Blaming guns allows the dogmas of statist government takeover to take root. Blaming guns allows progressives to feel good about themselves without having to tackle the real root problems of Islamist terrorism.
When the President of the United States cannot even properly identify the enemy, the war, and the ideology behind it, would we expect any less from him than to blame the tool used to commit the violence?
May God continue to watch over this country that we love.
This may be President Obama's most hypocritical statement of all. It's clear where his ideology lies. Progressive dogma leaves little room for the Creator's hand in affecting the lives of so many who reject him.