On Monday I started the week guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show. The slaughter in Orlando dominated the three hours, although I did find room to relate it to Mitt Romney's Blofeld routine at the GOP Spectre board meeting in Utah this weekend. I started with the good news:
So far there's been no sign of that self-promoting opportunist twerp who drags his piano to the scenes of jihadist slaughter in Europe and plays 'Imagine'. And so far, as far as I'm aware, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have not actually insisted, unlike on previous occasions, that that big pile of corpses is 'nothing to do with Islam'.
Other than that, the consolations are few:
A Muslim of Afghan heritage guns down 49 gays in a nightclub, and the ACLU tells us it's the fault of the Christian right. We are being told up is down, the sky is the earth, black is white...
I began by noting some of the differences between the international headlines (heavy on ISIS and terror) and the US headlines (heavy on "hate" and "domestic extremism"). As Chris Pandolfo reported at Conservative Review:
Mark Steyn... said that the "official lie" of the Left is that gun-toting "right" wing extremists are responsible for the shooting and radical Islamic terrorism is not... The Left doesn't know how to cope with the "internal contradictions of the rainbow coalition."
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As Chris Pandolfo continued:
While the Left is clamoring for more gun control and screaming at the NRA, it is ignoring that radical Islam is responsible for the attack and only wants to destroy what the Left believes in. "The arithmetic isn't complicated," Steyn explained, "the more Islam, the fewer gays."
Alas, that's too uncomplicated for the insanity of our times:
The pro-Taliban dad has assured us that his pro-ISIS son isn't radical. That's the madness of the world we live in.
Conservative Review also picked up on this point:
"I listen to people say 'oh, we're now going to have to have metal detectors in night clubs, security in nightclubs.' Ok, so what happens next? They blow up a bakery, they blow up a little pastry shop, so then you're gonna have to have metal detectors to get into the pastry shop?
"Instead of having all these individual perimeters around every Dunkin Donuts franchise or every gas station, or every J.C. Penny, why not have just one big perimeter around the country?" Steyn concluded. "We could call it a border! And we could have, like, a border security!"
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It's hard not to be moved by the poignant symbolism of the Pulse nightclub, wherein the corpses still lie, as police pick through the crime scene - and every few seconds from the pocket of a lifeless body on the floor the cellphone rings and rings and rings in hopes someone will pick up. I recalled a phrase that my friend Douglas Murray used after our speeches in the Danish Parliament last September, when he, I and a few others, accompanied by the Danish security service, wound up in a pub of bottle-decapitating Swedish blondes: a party at the end of the world. The Pulse nightclub didn't know it was hosting a party at the end of the world, but it was.
UPDATE: A lot of readers and listeners have asked to hear the "party at the end of the world" segment. So here it is:
If you go to my Twitter feed and scroll down, you can find a few other moments from the show.
As usual, of course, no matter who the dead are, the real victim is Islam. The hierarchy of modern identity politics is becoming very explicit.
It's always an honor to guest-host America's Number One radio show, but listeners will be relieved to hear that Rush returns to the Golden EIB Microphone live on Tuesday.