April 19, 2013 by Jan Stone
Maybe all the philosophical-extremist hate rhetoric spewing from cable TV/radio stations like those who give Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham a voice are creating US terrorists. Words like the following do not carry responsible intellectual and public rhetoric worthy of our country’s elected government officials:
The US “feared people entering the country illegally or posing as undocumented Hispanic immigrants could carry out ‘copycat things.’ We know Al Qaeda has camps on the Mexican border.” We have people that are trained to act Hispanic when they are radical Islamists.”
This hate and bigotry spewed from the rocket-powered intellectual vacuum of Republican Tea Party Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas a fter the bombing.
Really? If that comment isn’t a case for requiring IQ tests with triple-digit outcomes for anyone wanting to represent the US Government, I don’t know what qualifies.
In a knee-jerk email from Tea Party Union Head Judson Phillips the day after the Boston bombings, Phillips said, “We have a government that is not committed to protecting America.” Less than a week to find them is not a commitment?
The Boston Marathon bombing brothers’ father can’t believe either boys would commit such terrorist tactics and on live TV is begging the remaining live son, Dzhorkar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, to give himself up. His sister, also in the US, is in disbelief as well.
When their Uncle, Rusan Tsarni of Russia was reached by phone, he too was devastated, stating that they were good kids. He said when they came to America he told them, “Do your business. Work. Go to school. Be useful. Know why you came to America.” Upon hearing that his 26-year old nephew Tamerian Tsarnaev, 26, had been killed this morning, he choked back tears while saying “he deserved this. He absolutely deserved this.”
Bostonians who attended a highly rated Cambridge high school with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the terrorist killed this morning, are no less astounded. In an interview former classmate Sierra Schwartz said Tamarian had lots of friends, took many honors classes and believes he received a college scholarship. One friend who attended grammar school with him and his sister said there was nothing that made either of them stand out from any of the other Cambridge-area students.
What US police forces and agencies uncovered since Monday demonstrates the tenacity and intelligence of our country’s law enforcement. They’ve foiled numerous planned attacks from international terrorists.
However, as long as elected officials selling fear and hate continue to be given a voice by irresponsible media, they will cost the country more than loss of dignity. We’ll have to focus precious resources on the consequences of such rants: proactive profiling of the US-bred terrorist, created by people who pretend to have their country’s security in mind but clearly only want to advance their own prejudice and bigoted philosophies.
We all have a right to speak our minds, and fortunately that right extends to the ballot box.