Why don’t I feel like celebrating?

A couple thoughts about everything we’ve witnessed in Boston:

1) Assuming this kid is guilty, I feel no pity for him. We’ll find out more about how he was “recruited” or “radicalized”, but none of these details absolve him or even lessen his guilt in the slightest. He is a killer of children and women. He is a gutless coward and a murderous rodent. His family came here seeking refuge and they were granted it. He became an American citizen and benefited from the luxuries and liberties of American life. And then, to show his gratitude, he walked through a crowd of innocent people, placed a bag full of explosives near two young children and their mother, and then walked away and detonated it. Only a truly evil human being could do something like that. No excuses. No rationalizations. He is evil and I can muster nothing but deep, visceral anger for him. Now, keep that in mind as I proceed to point 2.

2) I am going to be honest with you. Maybe I shouldn’t be. Maybe I should just let everyone have their “rah rah” moment. But I can’t because, frankly, I don’t know why we are celebrating tonight. America didn’t win. Something won, but I wouldn’t call it America. You see, I truly love the ideas that form the foundation of our nation. I mean, I really love them. I do. I don’t use the word love very often. I use it when I talk about my wife, my family and my God, and the only other time is when I discuss the freedoms and liberties enshrined by our founding documents. And so maybe you’ll understand why I have a hard time clapping and hooting and hollering when something I love is abused, ignored, and discarded.

Today I saw an entire city militarized and locked down. Streets emptied and barricaded. Shops closed. Public transit prohibited. Schools canceled. No fly zones put in place. Armored vehicles and SWAT teams pulling up to houses and conducting warrantless searches. A million citizens hiding in fear while 300 million more watched in fascination. And all for what? An injured, mostly incapacitated teenager hiding in someone’s shed. And then, when they found the kid, they waived his Miranda Rights for “public safety” reasons and announced at a news conference that, essentially, we’re going to pretend he isn’t an American citizen so that those pesky Constitutional provisions don’t get in the way. And then, to my horror, I saw a bunch of people thump their chest and cheer about this on social media. I understand you’re emotional, but cheering the government because it’s taking away liberties? Do you really not understand the implications? Or do you not care?

Lord, forgive them. They know not what they do.

And as if it wasn’t bad enough already, the president got on TV at the conclusion of all of this and actually said that America won because we “refused to be intimidated and refused to be terrorized”. Uh, what? Was that a little comedic relief after a long day, or did that dude seriously just make that statement?

So, no, I’m sorry but I can’t join the victory party. I’m glad the guy is caught but I fear we crossed a terrible threshold in accomplishing it. So throw me to the wolves if you like. But this — this is not America.

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5 Responses to Why don’t I feel like celebrating?

  1. David says:

    Just gotta say one thing. The guy’s rights are not waived. What people refer to as Miranda “rights” is really called the “Miranda Warning”. It doesn’t give you any rights at all. You have those rights,it is read merely to remind you that you have them. The public safety clause just states that they can take him into custody without informing him of his rights, when he made need to be questioned on the spot because he is believed to have time sensitive information. He still has the right to an attorney, just the interrogators do not need to publicize that right before interrogation begins. The actual excerpt of the statue says “the “public safety” exception permits law enforcement to engage in a LIMITED and FOCUSED unwarned interrogation and allows the government to introduce the statement as direct evidence. He may seek legal counsel at any time.

  2. jumeirajames says:

    I agree – nobody wins. Muslims are demonised again, people are still dead and injured and the basic rights of freedom in America are once again eroded.

  3. Spambone says:

    Maybe it was because they had reports they were both wearing ‘suicide vests’…. Ah, what’s a few blocks of C4 imbedded with ball bearings gonna do anyway. It’ll probably just chip the pain on your truck. Right? Everyone just go about your business….go to the mall! go to the farmer’s market! Those things that happen in Iraq or Afghanistan could never happen here.

  4. Finicky Cat says:

    Agree.

    In fact, our president appears to quite often to be attempting a bit of national comic relief.

  5. Glen says:

    The people were cheering and celebrating because one armed and dangerous terrorist was dead and the other was in custody.

    If you could try not being morally indignant for five minutes you would see that. I won’t hold my breath.

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