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Leslie Loftis’s America Watch: After Orlando we no longer trust our government to protect us

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The known wolf terrorist attack in Orlando achieved the terrorist’s objective. It made us fear. But how many times must our enemies learn that Americans do not react to fear by cowering?

Sometimes our government cowers. It is cowering now and has been for a while, so perhaps the terrorists think something has changed about her people. Something has changed, but not what terrorists expect.

The attack has affirmed the establishment vs the people mood. In politics, we are not close enough to November for the attack to change everything, but it still changes a lot. A delegate stand at either convention just became more likely (though still not probable). If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton still secure their parties’ nominations, then Trump’s chances of winning just grew simply because he will name our enemies. Americans are tired of impotence and in this field, that means Trump profits.

Americans rely on self-defence. Gun sales will spike, especially to the gay community.

My crazy conclusions stem from one truth: the American public doesn’t trust our government. I don’t mean we don’t trust them in the sense that government can take our liberties — that’s true, but it is not the operative fear right now. We do not trust the government to protect us. Remember the vigilantes who defended their homes with bats during the London Riots? We don’t have to rely on bats, nor do we have to remember the concept of self defence.

After the attack, we see that our president cannot even grasp basic ideas, like whether there is a point in naming our enemy. In his fog, we ascribe motives based on convenience, or really avoidance.

We look at mentally ill, fatherless boys on mind altering prescription drugs who shoot up schools, and assume their motives are to terrorise and destroy. We don’t want to do the heavy work of re-examining our supposedly compassionate asylum norms or the convenience of drugs we give to active children. And we really don’t want to take a sober look at fatherlessness and all its causes.

We look at Islamic militants and want to assume mental illness. We recoil from the idea that they simply hate us and our freedom. We also dismiss that they hate that freedom not out of jealously, but because they think it improper. Showtime gets it, but our government doesn’t.

We reverse the motivations of the two groups so we can continue to spout platitudes and call for visible fixes that effect somebody else. If only they — those bad Americans — would stop hating and keeping guns, then everything would be sunshine and rainbows that love won.

While some dream that little dream, our enemy has attacked America and the UK as symbols of freedom and consistently attacked Christians, secular targets, women, young revellers, and now gays. And bless US law enforcement, but, as one former police officer put it, this attack came as a surprise:

I have been in this business for 30 years, and we all in law enforcement have talked about one of the theme parks getting hit by these terrorist killers. Never in all my years of training, and being involved in several investigative units, to include the FBI Task Force, would we have ever guessed a LGBT club be a target of an terrorist attack.

Thirty years. Never. That level of denial must be willful, systemic, and enforced. Of course it is. That’s the power of refusal to name our enemies. It is The Road to Orlando.

And this is why gun sales will spike, again. This is why shooting clubs are offering free gun training classes for the LGBT community.

The Left has chosen PC piety over even one of its supposedly favoured groups. (The link goes to Milo. It is angry, the banner picture alone is horrifying, but he states truth.)

And despite the PC guardians wanting to tie Christians to the hate, The Resurgent describes how we will chose, “American Christians may not agree with the LGBT political agenda. I certainly do not. But I do value their lives, because they are precious to God, and therefore to me. Their lives are not precious to radical Islamists. Contrary to everything the gay community believes, they will have no greater friend in this battle of ideology than American Christians.”

No country takes kindly to its enemies cutting down its citizens. And regardless of anything Borg media might have announced, the status of the citizen does not affect outrage. Attacks are attacks. And the American public, at least, knows it.

(Image: Mitch Barrie)

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Leslie Loftis
Leslie Loftis
Leslie is a once and future American expat, most recently in London. She is also a lawyer and former local political campaign operative turned freelance writer. She currently lives in her hometown of Houston with her husband and their four children. Find her on twitter @AHLondonTX.

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