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Why No Presidential Statement on Garland?

More than a week after an attempted terrorism attack in Garland, Texas that could have killed dozens of citizens had it succeeded, there has been no statement of condemnation from the president.

What exactly does this lack of seriousness about the attack say to those planning future assaults against U.S. targets and free speech? The White House response should have been sure, bold, and unequivocal, even if President Obama didn’t like the message of the group that was attacked.

ISIS, whelped in the vacuum of a irresponsible U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by Obama, now presents a grave danger to the United States.

While perhaps not directed by ISIS, the attacks appear more closely linked to the organization than just random inspiration. One of the attackers, Elton Simpson, “appears to have been part of a network of Islamic State adherents in several countries, including the group’s hub in Syria, who have encouraged attacks and highlighted the Texas event as a worthy target,” the New York Times wrote today.

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The Garland event, which featured a Muhammed drawing contest, was no doubt provocative. But speech that must be protected is always provocative. And the contest was at least as much an effort to lay down a bold red line stating that free speech will not be abridged by the emotions of radicals.

As a Jew, I recognize I’m just going to have to live with it if someone wants to plaster on a Charlie Chaplin mustache and go goose stepping down the sidewalk with his arm raised high in salute.

Instead of a statement by the president, we got the weak tea of offhand comments by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who said:

There is no expression, however offensive, that justifies an act of terrorism or even an act of violence. And that apparently is what these two individuals in Texas were trying to do. They were responding to one form of expression that they found offensive, and tried to use that as justification to carry out an act of terror.

And that is something that the President has repeatedly and consistently condemned. And this is a firm principle that we’re going to protect when it comes to the freedom of expression, and freedom of press, and freedom of speech.

Well, hopefully ISIS was watching the briefing on CSPAN.

One cannot help but think that were a group Obama were in sympathy with attacked in this way, we would have heard from the president. Imagine if two white supremacists sought to shoot up a meeting of the NAACP. The president would be all over it, leading all of us in an expression of outrage and intolerance of future such attacks.

Free speech is free speech, and terrorism is terrorism. The president ought to be on it, no matter his personal feelings.

On a lighter note, another Muhammed drawing contest for your perusal.

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57 Responses to Why No Presidential Statement on Garland?

  1. Don’t care what he says about it or if he says anything. As for the situation, I think it would be a way different story if this out of the blue, look at me “free speech” had cost a child’s life or anyone’s life walking across that parking lot. Sure it’s protected as speech, but dead is dead, too late for protecting. Would Geller bring her kids over to see how cool Mom is putting this thing on?

    • “Would Geller bring her kids over to see how cool Mom is putting this thing on?”

      No, she is an adult and children shouldn’t be in this environment.

      I don’t know how old her children are, or even if she has any but, she has the right to do what she did and I’m glad she did.

      Christians that were offended by the Crucifix in urine did not attempt to kill the ‘artist’.

      • has sounded the tocsin for a long time on the threat that these musloid dipsquats represent — yet how many of those who should be hearing are still deaf, dumb, blind and full of excuses? The fall-out from Garland gives a real clue as to who among us has their heads trapped in their sphincters — including the current occjupant of the White House.

    • I’ve been a follower of Pam Geller for years and will always stand by her efforts to bring awareness of radical Islam’s affects on our country. She’s a very brave woman and no different than those other brave women who marched across that bridge in Selma, or Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on that bus. They provoked too.

      • They stood up for themselves–which people found provocative–but Parks did not ride that bus just so she could refuse to do what a bus driver told her to.

          • “In a state of tranquility, wealth, and luxury, our descendants would forget the arts of war and the noble activity and zeal which made their ancestors invincible. Every art of corruption would be employed to loosen the bond of union which renders our resistance formidable. When the spirit of liberty, which now animates our hearts and gives success to our arms, is extinct, our numbers will accelerate our ruin and render us easier victims to tyranny. If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom—go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”
            Sam Adams

    • Star, these fanatical murderers kill men, women and children, with or without the cartoon excuse. The people who died on September 11, 2001 didn’t draw cartoons. Colleen Hufford, here in Moore, Oklahoma didn’t draw a cartoon. I’ve had it with people like you and some in the media for chiding Geller.

  2. As a Christian, I admire Pam Geller for what she had the spine to do.

    Tea was thrown into the Boston harbor many years ago, over taxes, and now here we are again.

    We have a Constitution that is being usurped by an administration that is determined to limit our free speech.

    How far will they go to achieve their goals of dominance, and how long will we allow them to proceed ?

    When is enough enough ?

  3. The other day I was listening to a discussion on this matter. The msm was rambling that she had the right, BUT… Than they would ramble how this contest caused…
    These people get paid to run their mouth on a free press, and they are going to have the nerve to say: BUT!
    I did not like what they were stating, so I turned the TV off. Simple
    What they should be discussing is the issue that o and his click/crew ignored these maniacs for quite some time.

  4. Really?
    No one here would expect MrObama to denounce the jihadists or condemn killing as a way of expressing anger.
    Should he step up to the podium and shout that here in the US we have freedom of speech and that he would defend that right with any means? Sure.
    Not gonna happen. Not “gonna happen” because he distains our right to speak freely and has made that position clear on many occasions. If he could, he would have everyone at FOX, ol’Rushbo, and all of us banished to some re-education camp.

  5. After 911, Bush got busy to protect us in many ways. He also spoke about what happen, and stated he would do everything to protect us.
    That did not heal the sorrow/shock right away, but it sure helped me be able to sleep at night.
    o had NO WORD AT ALL! Now that you can/may consider to be a scary issue in itself.

  6. I just read that Democrats block action on o’s tadge agenda. Senators have prevented debate on o’s request for “fast track” trade authority.
    o said it was a “procedural snafu”
    http://www.drudgereport.com
    I apologize everyone. I did not hear part of the question when I was listening to the questions being asked to Joshi.

  7. Obama makes sure the WH is better represented at the funerals of convicted felons and thugs than police officers killed in the line of duty, no statement on Garland is just another “statement” of what side he’s truly on.

  8. I believe we are living in tipping point time. Not feeling too safe these days — especially with our porous borders. DHS has already implemented Obama’s amnesty despite the courts. Not much respect for the rule of law. Read a lot of “stuff” lately and either we get too much information too quickly, or lots of “stuff” is accelerating. Anyhow….

    On a lighter level of that stuff, if you are fans of NCIS watch the finale.

  9. So you still think Barry, Barack son of my father, is not Muslim. I am sorry but it is as obvious as the nose on my face. The day barry was inagurated I said he was the Manchurian Candidate and there has been nothing to disprove to me that I am not absolutely correct.

  10. If I were a bookie, I’d lay odds that when the ISIS flag flies over the White House, our faux president will be among the first to salute.