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Obama: Soft On Domestic Terror?

June 2, 2009

For reasons I won’t explain, I’m raw and angry from Tiller’s death. Obama’s statements about abortion before Tiller seemed entirely too mealy-mouthed, the statements of a politician who refused to spend any political capital on an issue that I care a lot about. Now it is clear that our dormant domestic terrorist problem has resurfaced. The terrorists hate our freedoms. They will use violence to achieve the goal that our Constitution denies them.

None of us should think that the way to deal with terrorism is to give in. None of us should think that the way to handle people who hate us for our freedom is to give up our freedom. But Obama’s mealy-mouthedness has continued after this terrorist slaying, and I will not moderate my disgust and anger. Obama sounds like he wants to compromise with these people. The right churned up silly outrage that Obama would be soft on Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, but I think we are in much greater danger that Obama will be soft of Christian fundamentalist terrorism.

Six thousand acts of violence. We have our domestic Christian fringe to thank for the Oklahoma City bombing, the killing of eight physicians including in their homes and churches, a shooting spree at a Unitarian church; and Rudolph’s bombing spree, which included two women’s health clinics, a gay bar and Centennial Olympic Park.

We have terror cells operating in our suburbs, living among us, egged on by radical clerics who then deny connection to the violence and its perpetrators. These extremists are trying to change our politics by killing civilians. How will our President respond? He should go on national television and tell the nation that we do not give in and we will not negotiate with terrorists. He should, but he won’t. He won’t do it next time, either. And there will be a next time.

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  1. June 2, 2009 12:05 pm

    His first Supreme Court nominee is a woman with no real record of her stance on abortion. Part of that appeasement.

    More appeasement? Homeland Security spiked their report on right-wing violence even as right-wingers who were afraid that Obama and the UN were going to take their guns away started buying up so much ammunition that the ammo dealers RAN OUT. And why? Because Republicans complained, and if Republicans complain, they must be appeased in the spirit of phony bipartisanship.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is going to be very, very busy for at least the next four years.

  2. BethDiane permalink
    August 16, 2009 6:33 am

    This was a long time ago, sometime in the 80s, in Boston, I once turned on the radio on a Sunday morning to what was normally a classical station. On Sunday mornings, this station aired sermons, and in this particular one, the preacher actively told people listening to go out and bomb abortion clinics.

    Unfortunately, I think the only way to stop this sort of thing would be to shut down a lot of the media conglomerates, and I don’t think the government would reverse itself so much as to do that. . .

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