“One thing the POTUS missed…there is no executive order preventing the Federal Government from selling weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels…everyone would support that one.”
—- Jeff Dunetz on his blog “The Lid,” criticizing President Obama’s list of 23 Executive Orders as “a pile of nothing.”
There was a lot to dislike about today’s cynical exercise by President Obama on the topic of gun control. I already mentioned, in a post yesterday, its offensive exploitation of young children as props. James Taranto visited that issue today in his “Best of the Web,” pointing out the hypocrisy of White House spokesman Jay Carney going into high dudgeon and attacking the NRA for alluding, in a recent advocacy ad, to the fact that the President sends his own children to a private school that employs armed guards, and that his daughters are the beneficiaries of armed protection from the Secret Service. Said Carney:
“Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the President’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.”
Taranto, who does not agree with NRA’s reasoning in the ad, writes of today’s White House performance,
“If the president wants his critics to refrain from even indirectly referring to his daughters, he ought to stop exploiting ordinary people’s children in this manner. Even if the NRA missed the mark in accusing him of elitist hypocrisy over school guards, his display today makes him a fair target for such a charge.”
The dishonesty and fear-mongering were striking too. “This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe,” Obama said. “This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.” Of course, “our children” are not actually endangered, the Sandy Hook shooting was an anomaly, and there is little reason to believe any of the measures proposed by the President would have changed the events in Newtown. But “we must keep our Batman movie audiences safe” just doesn’t have the same emotional thwack, does it? The transparent sense of looming opportunity created by an elementary school tragedy that anti-gun activists have been radiating is so distasteful and dishonest, and the President’s words fit the chorus nicely.
Then there is the President’s the complete lack of responsible priorities. Gun control isn’t the priority now: reaching a responsible accord on the budget, the deficit, the debt ceiling and the debt are, and the likely futures of those children on the stage with Obama are far more likely to be blighted by the government’s failure to deal with those imminent crises than with the threat of gun violence in their schools. The President should be seeking solutions through negotiation and compromise, not diversions, distractions, and political grandstanding, but, you know, that would require skill, courage, focus, diligence,and humility. And, naturally, his gun safety initiative will also have a at least a half a billion dollar price tag attached, but hey, whose counting? Gotta protect those movie-goers, er, precious kids!
Meanwhile, Attorney General Holder is being welcomed back for Term #2 with open arms. The man responsible for endangering Mexican kids by delivering assault weapons into the hands of murderous criminals across the border, only one of the highlights of his incompetent reign, still isn’t being held accountable by his boss. You should read Dunetz’s annotated list of the much-feared 23 Executive Orders, which are indeed a pile of nothing. It is hard not to suspect that the ominously large list was trumpeted in advance to prompt the pro-gun Republicans and conservatives to soil themselves or to make idiotic threats about revolution and impeachment, which naturally they did. That, and to convince a sadly large percentage of the public, who won’t bother to actually read the measures, to be convinced that their President is being pro-active and leader-like, as the nation edges ever closer to fiscal disaster.
Gotta save those kids first, though!