The Government You Paid For

A continuation

Governor Perry protects our borders when the 82nd Airborne refuses to do so

I suddenly realized that I needed to post more of these. Well, not so suddenly. I’ve been having the feeling for a few months. I’m posting this one in particular because up until seven years ago I paid taxes in that district and voted for that office. Here’s the pertinent news item:

A sheriff in Texas has come under fire after he linked the bombing of a concert in Manchester, England to the country’s tough gun laws.

Following the Monday night attack that killed 22 people, Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree lashed out in a Facebook post.

Here is the Facebook post in its entirety:

Pay attention to what you see in Manchester England tonight. Pay attention to what is happening in Europe. This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. When you open your borders without the proper vetting. When you allow political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you. When you allow these radicals to travel to Afghanistan and Iran and simply let them back in. When you give up your city’s and your neighborhoods to a religious ideology that says you must convert or die. A ideology that treats women as property, kills gays and women and christians with complete impunity. The left tells us we must submit and accept these radical beliefs and bend over backwards to make sure we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. The left wants to cater to the very group that would kill every group they claim to support. Folks this is an enemy hell bent on killing you. Committed to forcing you to convert or die. This enemy will strap bombs to their own body and blow themselves up killing children. I’m sick of it. You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you. What will it take? This happening at a concert in Dallas or a school in Denton County? If we don’t do something quick this country will die of political correctness and the fear that someone’s feelings may be hurt. It may very well be to late for Europe.

I’m glad Sheriff Murphree finally got that out in the open. Before I go on with this, readers may be due for some historical context. The office of sheriff is a standard fixture in American states. Every county, parish, province has one. We got them from England. The Sheriff of Nottingham was not a fictional character. My understanding is the word traces back to ancient Egypt.

And what is most interesting is the concept of an officer of the law who is elected. Sheriff Murphree, the Republican Party candidate, scored an overwhelming victory over his rival Libertarian Party candidate last year. I could find nothing about a Democratic Party opponent. One news item reports that Denton County went solid red in the November election. It would appear, at least in Denton County, we are getting the government we paid for.

So what of Sheriff Murphree’s venting of spleen? It’s worth dissecting. Here’s the first part:

Pay attention to what you see in Manchester England tonight. Pay attention to what is happening in Europe. This is what happens when you disarm your citizens.

This was, of course, set off by the terrorist attack on a music concert in  England this week. This is what happens when you disarm your citizens. I saw that on the news. Those adults and young children were unable to defend themselves because the British government denied them the right to carry guns. I mean, if one of those kids, now dead, had been carrying his handy Glock semi-automatic pistol, he could have blazed away the moment he (or she) saw the killer about to press the switch and set off the bomb. How can anybody be so blind to not see the obvious?

But wait. Wait! I am dead sure Sheriff Murphree has in mind the Second Amendment to our Constitution. It contains wording to the effect:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

When I talk to people who say they support the Second Amendment and insist it is an absolute guarantee of the right of all (but a few) to keep and bear arms, they often  tell me this is necessary to protect us from the government. If there is ever a need for citizens to rise up against the government, they need to have the weapons to do so. They need guns.

And this is what is curious. The Second Amendment does not mention guns. It says “arms.” It means weapons of war. Not hunting rifles, shotguns, Saturday night specials. Citizens need real killing power. Such as fragmentation bombs. And that is exactly what Salman Abedi had and what would be legal if proponents of a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment mean what they say.

Well, no. Fragmentation  bombs should not be legal for citizens to possess, and possession of guns should be under reasonable restraint in order tamp down this country’s alarming misuse of firearms. I suspect Sheriff Murphree demurs. He has more to  say:

When you open your borders without the proper vetting.

Yes, those foreigners from Muslim countries. Salman Abedi was born in England, in Manchester. Does proper vetting begin at the birth canal?

When you allow political correctness to dictate how you respond to an enemy that wants to kill you.

The sheriff does not elaborate on what he means by “political correctness,” so we are left to surmise. I can  only hope he does not mean there should be one set of rules for some people and another set for others. Perhaps Sheriff Murphree believes he will be among those making the rules. Obviously we have no need to be polite to somebody who wants to kill us. But we need to know in advance whether and who wants to kill us. How can we tell in advance? Before he (or she) presses the switch? We could check skin color. Or religious affiliation. Sheriff Murphree may be onto something.

When you allow these radicals to travel to Afghanistan and Iran and simply let them back in.

Of course Salman Abedi was not from Afghanistan or Iran. He was from England. He did go to Libya, where his parents are from.  And he did come back, committing his act of murder just five days after returning. And he was being watched by British authorities as a possible terrorist. Fault the Brits for dropping the ball on this one. That said, we can be sure Sheriff Murphree has in mind a procedure for handling these cases—where a citizen goes to a foreign country of interest and then returns. He does not elaborate. We wait.

When you give up your city’s and your neighborhoods to a religious ideology that says you must convert or die. A ideology that treats women as property, kills gays and women and christians with complete impunity.

Sheriff Murphree fails to mention these people also kill Muslims with complete impunity, but that is a terrible ideology, and I did not realize until he brought up just how close we are to falling over the precipice. Thanks, Sheriff.

The left tells us we must submit and accept these radical beliefs and bend over backwards to make sure we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. The left wants to cater to the very group that would kill every group they claim to support.

The left. That means us. We must submit to and accept these radical beliefs. We should? We do? That will be news to those on the so-called left. The left, liberals, are intensely opposed to these philosophies, which we see as another manifestation of religious fundamentalism. Atheists comprise a considerable segment of liberal America, and atheists strongly oppose any imposition of a rule of law dictated by myth and superstition. Atheists, and not all liberals, fault Islam on the same terms they fault Christianity and Judaism. These derive their basis from ancient texts that espouse subjugation and cruelty. And I, for one, do not bend over backwards, whatever that means, for anybody or anything. And I am not reluctant to hurt anybody’s feelings. I count each day’s success by how many people I have pissed off. Starting, I would hope, with Sheriff Murphree.

And finally:

You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you. What will it take? This happening at a concert in Dallas or a school in Denton County? If we don’t do something quick this country will die of political correctness and the fear that someone’s feelings may be hurt. It may very well be to late for Europe.

Of course I was surprise to learn I have been distracted by the media, since it was through an outlet of the media that I obtained Sheriff Murphree’s message of warning. Regarding crying of the left, I look around me, and I see little crying. I see considerable outrage at the direction the current administration is taking the country, and some fretting. I also see an amount of glee at a segment of society that has obtained what was so long wished for.

The sheriff advises that if we don’t do something quick[ly] we are doomed. Again he does not elaborate. Perhaps he dares not to. He talks about Islamic Jihadists being among us, but he does not identify them by name. What is he prepared to do? When does he roll out the paddy wagons and start scooping citizens off the street. Too early for that? When it comes, can we count on the Second Amendment to protect us?

Too late for Europe? Yes. Too late for America. Timothy McVeigh was radicalized by alt right nationalist groups such as The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSA), “dedicated to Christian Identity and survivalism.” A few years ago I ran into this guy named Kerry Noble. He had a book. It’s title is Tabernacle of Hate, and I asked him if it was his book. He said he wrote it. He was prominent in the CSA, and later he told us about the time he took a bomb into a Missouri church that was friendly to homosexuals. He told of sitting for a time in that church before making a final decision and leaving with the bomb.

Too late for England. Too late for Manchester:

The 1996 Manchester bombing was an attack carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on Saturday 15 June 1996. The IRA detonated a 1,500-kilogram (3,300 lb) truck bomb on Corporation Street in the centre of Manchester, England. The biggest bomb detonated in Great Britain since World War II, it targeted the city’s infrastructure and economy and caused devastating damage, estimated by insurers at £700 million (£1.2 billion as of 2017) – only surpassed by the 2001 September 11 Attacks and 1993 Bishopsgate bombing in terms of financial cost.

Too late for Manchester:

The 1992 Manchester bombing was an attack by the Provisional IRA in December 1992. Two bombs exploded, wounding 65 people and damaging many buildings in the city of Manchester.

Too late for London:

The Bishopsgate bombing occurred on Saturday 24 April 1993, when the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a powerful truck bomb on Bishopsgate, a major thoroughfare in London’s financial district, the City of London. Telephoned warnings were sent about an hour beforehand, but a news photographer was killed in the blast and 44 people were injured. The damage cost £350 million to repair. As a result of the bombing, which happened just over a year after the bombing of the nearby Baltic Exchange, a “ring of steel” was implemented to protect the City, and many firms introduced disaster recovery plans in case of further attacks or similar disasters.

Too late for Brighton:

The Brighton hotel bombing was a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) assassination attempt against the top tier of the British government in 1984. It missed its main targets but killed five others. It occurred on 12 October 1984 at the Grand Brighton Hotel in Brighton, England. A long-delay time bomb was planted in the hotel by IRA member Patrick Magee, with the purpose of killing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet, who were staying at the hotel for the Conservative Party conference. Although Thatcher narrowly escaped injury, five people were killed including a sitting Conservative MP, and 31 were injured.

Too late for Warrington:

The Warrington bombings were two separate bomb attacks that took place during early 1993 in Warrington, England. The first attack happened on 26 February, when a bomb exploded at a gas storage facility. It caused extensive damage but no injuries. While fleeing the scene, the bombers shot and injured a police officer and two of them were then caught after a high-speed car chase. The second attack happened on 20 March, when two small bombs exploded in litter bins outside shops and businesses on Bridge Street. Two children were killed and dozens of people were injured.

Too late for London:

The London Docklands bombing (also known as the Canary Wharf bombing or South Quay bombing) occurred on 9 February 1996, when the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a powerful truck bomb in Canary Wharf, one of the two financial districts of London. The blast devastated a wide area and caused an estimated £150 million worth of damage. Although the IRA had sent warnings 90 minutes beforehand, the area was not fully evacuated. Two people were killed and more than 100 were injured, some permanently.

Too late for London:

The Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings occurred on 20 July 1982 in London. Members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated two bombs during British military ceremonies in Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, both in central London.

Too late for Birmingham:

The Birmingham pub bombings (also known as the Birmingham bombings)[1] occurred on 21 November 1974, when bombs exploded in two public houses in central Birmingham, England. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army have never officially admitted responsibility for the Birmingham pub bombings, but a former senior officer of the organisation confessed to their involvement in 2014,[4] with an admission the Birmingham pub bombings “went against everything we [the Provisional Irish Republican Army] claimed to stand for”.

Very too late.

I am inclined to ask Sheriff Murphree, when do you plan to send out the paddy wagons for the Catholics? When and how do you plan on cracking down on the Irish in America? By the way, your name, Murphree. That sounds Irish to me.

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