I really don’t know where to go with this, the story has such potential. There was a plot to explode a dirty bomb, bomb making material was found along with literature that explained how to assemble it and the person responsible was a member of a known subversive group. His name was James G. Cummings, of Belfast, Maine and the group he belonged to was the National Socialist Movement. Before the plot could go anywhere, Mr. Cummings was shot and killed, by of all people……….his wife, who just got fed up with the domestic abuse she endured during their married life.
Jose Padilla should now be released from jail and every member of the National Socialist Movement should be rounded up and herded to some remote island prison camp, shackled, put under sensory deprivation and forced to listen toMarvin Gaye, James Brown or the Average White Band blaring through loudspeakers continuously for months at a time because they constitute a threat to the United States and one of their own was caught red handed in an act of terrorism. And for that matter, too, perhaps we should round up every white male who looks like Mr. Cummings because they hate the president of the United States and his values and therefore by extension, us.
This would be the rhetoric applied to Muslims, yet the story of Cummings hasn’t spiked the front pages of most newspapers, let alone the muliti-colored Homeland Security fear index whose needle pegged whenever terror and Islam were mentioned in the main stream media. Just as with most of what’s “good” about America, self expunging took place with regards to Cummings and there wasn’t the need for another level of government bureaucracy to protect us from him. All it took was a law abiding citizen who had the nerve, or strength and steady hand, to shoot him and rid us of the evil he intended for the “homeland”. In fact, his wife did more to combat terrorism than George Bush did in all the 8 years of his presidency.
We know that will not be the approach of people in government. Their goal is to make us more dependent on them and fearful of them as well, even if it means pitting one group of people against another. Don’t fall for it. The laws we have absent those enacted during the Bush administration, are enough to protect us, as long as we have the courage and strength of Cummings’ wife keep a steady hand and act. Are you feeling me, President Obama?