President Obama gave an address from the Oval Office on Sunday night in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack. In the course of his speech, an address riddled with a wholly self-serving defense of his abysmal record on national security, and also during the media coverage thereafter, it became plain that neither the President nor the Washington beltway media “get it.” The American people aren’t cowering in fear of ISIS. They’re not lashing out in hatred of American Muslims. They’re not afraid of al-Qaeda, ISIS/ISIL, or any other terror group or “radicalized” elements living and operating in the United States. Instead, what the American people are is angry. The American people are enraged. They’re good and damned well pissed-off, and not just with the terrorists, but particularly with our political leadership and the DC beltway media. President Obama didn’t improve things for himself on Sunday evening, indeed one could argue he worsened things. The American people don’t trust the DC cartel to defend our nation, and it’s downright galling to average Americans.
Obama didn’t waste any time in listing a litany of actions he’s taken to fight terrorism. What he did not do was to acknowledge the failures of his administration. Instead, he started talking about new restrictions on gun ownership. A ban on purchasing firearms among those who are on the terror watch-list or no-fly list will not stop such things. The people who carried out the San Bernardino attack were not on the no-fly list. He went on to say we need to limit the sales of so-called “assault weapons.” The fact is that no ban on such weapons would be of any value. In France, such weapons are illegal. In California, the laws are more restrictive than anywhere in the US. Bans don’t stop criminal from getting guns. They merely stop innocents from self-defense.
In talking about the threat we’re facing, the President couldn’t manage to link clearly, and in the same sentence, the notion of radical, militant Islamic terrorism. He threw “radicalization” into one sentence, and “Islam” into another. Nobody takes this seriously. When the President can’t square-up to an enemy and name him without equivocation, there’s no way the American people will respect the President. His tiresome, tortured excuse-making for Islamists and apologetics for Islam are no longer tolerated by the American people.
In the coverage after the speech, Senator Rubio, a lagging candidate for the GOP nomination, talked about how Americans are afraid to travel, and afraid to fly. I’m sure there are a few hands-full of such people, but everybody I know is simply infuriated. They don’t believe the government, either party, or the media generally. Why should they? More, Rubio went on to insist that we needed to collect more data, but as Rand Paul pointed out, the French gather more information than the US ever has, but it did not stop the attacks in Paris.
The simple fact is that as I’ve recounted to you before, President Obama Is NOT incompetent. He’s malevolent. He isn’t interested in what’s good for the country or its people. In point of fact, he’s remained steadfastly committed to punishing the American people since his first inaugural. Obama can’t wait to tell us about how we should not push Muslims away with distrust and suspicion, but this is the same President who did everything in his power to alienate people who attended Tea Party rallies. In the instance of Tea Party folks, or conservatives generally, he couldn’t wait to alienate, and his friends in the media couldn’t wait to paint the the Colorado theater shooter as a Tea Party guy, which of course was debunked within an hour or so of the claim first being made in the media. No, this President has too many sympathies with the Jihadis, and more in common with them than with the bulk of his countrymen. Barack Obama is despicable, and this address simply confirms that view of him. Rather than supporting and defending the citizens of the United States, defending their liberties while simultaneously defending the country, Obama is more interested in protecting the feelings of Muslims while simultaneously preying upon the First and Second amendment liberties of citizens. He’s not interested in defeating ISIS or al-Qaeda, but in defeating conservatives by any means necessary.