By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Last September 12, the same day Americans learned the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others, Dzhokar Tsarnaev stood in Boston’s TD Bank Garden sports arena, raised his right hand and swore to “abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state sovereignty” and to “defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Citizen Dzhokar, accused of aiding his older brother Tamerlan in placing two bombs at the Boston Marathon, was no more interested in defending the Constitution than he was in observing the nation’s laws … or those of Massachusetts for that matter.
The Tsarnaev brother’s jihadist aims, by definition, were outside the law. 26-year-old MIT officer Sean Collier was killed, and Boston Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue, 36, is recovering at Mount Auburn Hospital – both victims of gunshot wounds. Neither Tsarnaev brother had a Massachusetts gun permit. The state’s strict 1999 gun-control law saw a dramatic drop in gun licensing – down from 1.5 million in 1998 to 200,000 in 2002, with an increase in gun crime of 20.7%, the Boston Globe reported. Dzhokar and Tamerlan are proof that gun-control laws victimize the law-abiding and in no way affect the enemies of life, liberty and happiness – foreign or domestic.
Many in the media (and Washington) desperately hoped the bombings at the Boston Marathon, celebrating Patriots Day, signaled an attack by homegrown, right-wing extremists. It never dawned on them that the day commemorating the 1775 battles at Lexington and Concord, in which British troops attempted to seize and destroy a colonial arsenal, and saw their ranks decimated in that attempt by armed and defiant Americans, would prove an attractive anniversary for jihadists that hate America’s traditions of individual liberty.
Ironically, many in the deep blue state of Massachusetts are as disdainful of the cherished American civil right to bear arms as were the British troops that fired on American patriots on April 19, 1775. Adding a darker dimension to that irony is that Dzhokar Tsarnaev passed his citizenship test, which requires understanding the history of America and the republican principles that once governed her.
Under the category “Principles of American Democracy,” these citizenship questions are posed:
- Question: “What is the supreme law of the land?”Answer: “The Constitution.”
- Question: “What does the Constitution do?”Answer: “Sets up a government; defines the government; protects basic rights of Americans.”
- Question: “What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?”Answer: “The Bill of Rights.”
- Question: “What is the ‘rule of law’?”Answer: “Everyone must follow the law; leaders must obey the law; government must obey the law; no one is above the law.”
Washington and its compliant media sycophants believe the only threat to America comes from those who believe in low taxes, restrained government power and the right to defend their homes and family with the arms our Constitution’s Bill of Rights protects from government infringement.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev studied very hard to become a citizen of the nation whose freedoms he detests. Progressive jihadists long forgot their civics lessons and, in their own way, wish to “change” the America envisioned by the men of Lexington and Concord … celebrated in Massachusetts on Patriots Day.