GARLAND, Texas — A Free Beacon reporter was barred from attending on Saturday the controversial Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect rally, an evening-long forum organized by American Muslim leaders to oppose what they claim are American Islamophobes who are giving the Islamic faith a bad name.
I’ve experienced the shock of the floor suddenly dropping out from under my feet as I sat atop Disney World’s 200-foot-tall “Tower of Terror.” I’ve felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck while being launched from nine miles per hour to 40 in a split second up the 105-foot first hill of Universal Studio’s ‘Incredible Hulk’ rollercoaster. But there’s nothing that compares to feeling flames kiss your hand as they spew out of a short-barreled fully-automatic M4 assault rifle while it eats through a 30 round magazine at 900 rounds per minute inside Orlando’s latest, and greatest, attraction: Machine Gun America.
In the summer of 1977, I asked my mother the question on everyone’s mind: “Why did Elvis die?” She replied, “He had a heart attack.” Being four years old, I asked another question: “Why did he have a heart attack?” Not wanting to discuss narcotics abuse, she simply said, “He ate too much meat.” I pictured the King taking a bite out of a big, juicy cheeseburger. It saddened me to think this had done him in.
Theodore Roosevelt saw the storm coming.
The former president and soldier, exiled from circles of elite influence after his insurgent campaign in the 1912 election divided Republicans and gave the White House to Woodrow Wilson, urged his Democratic rival in 1914 to declare diplomatic support for Britain and bolster the capacities of the U.S. military. America’s European allies were increasingly nervous about the ambitions of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Germany. Si vis pacem, para bellum: “if you want peace, prepare for war.”