The death of gratitude

Instead of reciting a litany of American shortcomings or listing demands, just once it would be nice to hear an immigrant spokesman say something like, “We want to stay in this country and not go home because America is wonderful, and treats people with a respect and dignity that we have never experienced before.”

After the lethal Boston Marathon bombings and the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the immigrant parents of the perpetrators showed little gratitude to their adopted America.

Neither the mother of Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nor the father of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook seemed very grateful to their adopted home for taking them in and offering a life preferable that back in Chechnya or Pakistan, respectively. Nor had they ever warned authorities about the extremist tendencies of their children.

Unfortunately, President Obama has been more willing to cite the shortcomings of his country than to remind foreign nations of American singularity.