Et Tu America?

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I noticed a shooting star last night so bright it took my breath away. Perfect timing really, as my mind was weary from churning over the Paris terror attacks and I welcomed the distraction.  I grieve deeply for France, a country I know well and where my mom was born and raised and extended family reside. Thankfully all are safe.

Of course dismay at such horrific acts is normal, but this was somehow different. The horror of mass casualties had morphed in to a crystal clear vision at our deep societal denial of truth and how exposed this has left us to the same sort of attacks, or much worse. Paris was targeted yes but this was an act of war against humanity and we best be prepared for it here in the U.S.

That star gave me hope though, a beacon of direction pointing towards something larger. While our world may literally be crumbling towards darkness, there is a bigger perspective that if we actively grasp and fight to uphold, will bring victory. Truth must be stood for though and justice vigorously pursued.

This won’t be easy for a spell has been cast over Western Civilization so deep that it finds itself unable to stick up for itself, clueless at times as to the nature of its founding values and their importance in the world.

Inalienable rights, freedom of speech, the ability to practice one’s religion of choice, rule of law, free markets, democracy; these are not just nice sounding words. These concepts form the backbone of any society wishing to live a free and enlightened existence, yet curiously our political leaders speak very little about them.

Fear of being called racially insensitive or of acting morally superior takes precedence over honest discussions and thus who we are actually fighting and why never gets mentioned. We fashion a whack-a-mole response to violent extremism when it happens, but we don’t make much head way because we are not going after the root cause which is radical Islam; a poisonous, militant philosophy that its followers wish to force upon the world through any means necessary.

The majority of Muslims don’t follow this by the way, but there are enough that do and their numbers are rapidly growing. These extreme fanatics routinely cut the heads off those they disagree with, bury children alive, rape, mutilate and brutally murder women and have no qualms about bringing death and destruction to forward their cause.

There should be no hesitation in calling this evil, no qualms pointing to its obvious moral failings and no issues with taking the lead in rallying against it. Would this be considered acting morally superior?

You betcha and if our leaders aren’t proud to take a stance against such putridness, it’s time to boot them out.

We must also stop electing nitwits though who seem embarrassed by American values and who don’t understand the good they bring to the world. Like it or not, we are the dominant super power and its time for us to start acting like one again. Leading from behind should not be a part of our vocabulary.

So yes, pray for Paris, especially the dead, their loved ones and those facing a long road of recovery.  Pray for our leaders too for wisdom and courage in their decision making, but most of all pray for good people all around the world to come together in truth and take a strong and bold stance against evil.

Vive la France, vive la liberté.

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44 Responses to Et Tu America?

  1. Amen! Well said, all of it. There’s nothing I can add.

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

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  3. Dennis says:

    Very cogent and intelligent post. Thanks for trying to open the closed minds of the politically correct. There is one item I have a small problem with:” The majority of Muslims don’t follow this by the way” is troubling to me. If I were a Muslim and my town was taken over by “radicals” and I had to exist among them would I not have to become radical just to survive? It would seem to me that if it were known that I did not support the radicals and they found out I could be given a choice of die or become one of them. That is the same choice the radicals give Christians and other folks. So saying that all Muslims don’t follow this way doesn’t mean they can’t change. This is the reason I think that so called moderate Muslims do not as a group denounce loud and clear their separation from the radicals when an attack takes place. I believe there is a thin line that a Muslim will cross if the circumstances are life or death. I have known people that have converted to Muslim and have developed a hatred for America and non Muslims.

    Mr. Trump and others have said that the onerous gun laws contributed to the Paris attack. Where did the bad guys get the guns? Guess they didn’t have to go through the paperwork submissions, classes, Dr.s evaluations and waiting period like honest Parisians must go through. One good guy with a gun could have stopped some of the innocents from being killed.

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    • Tricia says:

      Well that is a good point Dennis and it’s true too that the moderate Muslims don’t denounce the fanatics loudly or often enough. I did feel I needed to put some mention of the fact that the majority are not Islamofascists because it’s only fair. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned though and I appreciate your feedback on that.

      Yup, a well armed society is the best defense for stuff like this. The police cannot be everywhere, it’s up to the citizens to protect themselves.

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  4. Alma Mater says:

    Great post!

    I am so tired of the morally superior police using current events to prove their ideological superiority. I have seen a vocal backlash against supporting France at this time. As if by acting callously towards the French, I am somehow standing in solidarity with the Surian, Iraqi or Lebanese victims of Islamic extremists. It’s a despicable form of moral bullying.

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  5. Tricia says:

    I’m so tired of it too Wanda and I like your phrasing of morally superior police. There”s a lot of folks who feel it’s they job to tsk tsk people who speak about un PC things. I for one am sick of it, sounds like you are too!! Thanks for coming by. 🙂

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  6. jncthedc says:

    It seems we have lost the validity to call ourselves and our country a role model. We have not maintained a worldly view as a country providing leadership. We have lost the trust of allies and have drawn too many lines in the sand that have been crossed without accountability. The world has become too “busy.” I have always believed conflict and turmoil require each of us to return to our roots; to our foundations of principles, morals and ethics. Once firm footing is found, it becomes time to proceed forward and follow these principles. They will remind us from where we came and create greater clarity to where we must go forward.
    Your post provides important ideas we need to take time to evaluate. These ideas affect all our lives.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      It seems we have lost the validity to call ourselves and our country a role model.” – This scenario began as soon as we began a war based on lies and initiated agreements with countries with no prohibition against torture to contain our Black Sites for the purpose of forcible interrogation, while maintaining, “We do not torture.

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      • Tricia says:

        I do believe this began many, many years ago Arch, long before you or I were around. Although I guess that depends on how old you are….;)

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Although I guess that depends on how old you are….;)

          Archaeopteryx
          Temporal range: Late Jurassic, 150.8–148.5 Ma

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        • Al says:

          What a shame Arch didn’t have a chance to live in Iraq when Sadaam was there and bitch to him about his government. Maybe he would see the difference…..for the 5 minutes before he was tortured and killed.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            My neighbor beats his children, Al – should I manufacture an excuse and go kill him? Idi Amin was a bad man, Al – did we allow 3000 Americans to be killed to end his rule? But then Amin didn’t have any oil, did he?

            Big Daddy Bush had a far better excuse for taking out Saddam, yet he followed international law and simply fulfilled his obligation to Kuwait. Little George W violated international law, and if I had been President, instead of the more gentlemanly Obama, Bush and his axis of evil would have been up on war crimes charges, instead of building his own memorial in Dallas.

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          • Al says:

            Enjoy your stay in Iraq, Arch.

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          • Tricia says:

            I know Al but people like Arch can never get beyond their stereotypes about Bush or whoever the evil Republican flavor du jour happens to be. They rely on MSNBC talking points to be informed and that’s why their comments on stuff like Iraq are always the same, almost verbatim (Bush lied people died,etc…). Arch, I know in your heart you mean well and I let some of your more ridiculous political rants stay out of respect for that, but it really would do you some good if your broadened your perspective of people, politics, the world.

            I think Obama is doing the country great harm and that his “gentlemanly” ways actually cover up deep cowardice and insecurities but his blind allegiance to ideology prevents him from seeing this. Do I believe he is evil and intentionally trying to bring America down? No, not a all, he is a fellow human being and I extend to him the gift of good intentions. I wish Arch you could at least once do this in return to political leaders you disagree with. Makes for much more meaningful discussions.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            That’s where you’re wrong, Trish – I had no problem with G.H.W. Bush at all, it was his lying little C-student, draft-dodging son I had issues with.

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          • Tricia says:

            Again, Arch perspective.

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks jncthedc. “The world has become too “busy.” Ah, yes, I could not agree with you more, as we become distracted with collecting shiny silver things and meanwhile bandits are scavenging our back rooms and robbing us blind. Great point too on digging deep from our roots. My fear is many have forgotten, or worse, never learned what those roots entail. Commenters like yourself remind me there are still more informed and aware people in the world and give me hope. 🙂

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  7. Al says:

    Excellent points in this post, Tricia. I’m sure you can imagine how much I agree on this. This “if everyone’s only nice to everyone else and shares equally among ourselves, this evil will go away” mentality of Obama is the most enabling thing we could do for terrorism. He has yet to admit that it is a religious war carried out by religious zealots. That makes us all targets…oh wait…. the rest of us don’t have bodyguards, so maybe that’s it…

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  8. ColorStorm says:

    Good thoughts here trish.

    In a moment of serendipity, where you wrote ‘pray for our leaders,’ there was a speck on my screen covering the ‘l,’ and it looked like ‘pray for our readers.’ And that is equally good yes?

    And certainly while ‘leaders’ are not exempt from the heart’s desire for truth, all men have that innate yearning to know what is true, so your readers too are counted in that company of truth seekers and ones worthy of prayer.

    Yeah yeah, some will laugh, but who cares right? Subject to interpretation, but ‘nitwits’ even care. 😉

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  9. irtfyblog says:

    As others have commented, I would like to chime in and state that this was a post worthy of a hearty salute. We here in the west need to realize that an enemy needs to be called out and needs to be dealt with swiftly. Sadly, we don’t have the leaders who will step up and call a spade a shovel. It’s good to hear your family in France is safe. Hope and prayers that they remain that way. God Bless, Tricia.

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  10. E. Williams says:

    Very nice article, young lady!

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  11. Well said Tricia. Canada is often as a little brother to the U.S. We are very fortunate to have you as our southern neighbours. Quality leadership at the top is so very important.

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks Carl for understanding. It can be difficult sometimes for me to criticize U.S. leadership because I have to watch out for my own biases against this administration and let it not become a pointless rant.

      It’s a different time now in my opinion, where we those of us sick of the nonsense have to be more forceful on pushing back. People are dying over it and enough is enough.

      Prayers for Canada as well, a loyal, fierce and much needed ally of the U.S.

      Happy Friday. 🙂

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