“The notion that two months or three months after something as horrific as what happened in Newtown happens and we’ve moved on to other things? That’s not who we are. That’s not who we are. And I want to make sure every American is listening today…Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”
—-President Obama, at a White House event designed to re-energize the push for stricter gun control laws.
Shame on the President…for not only making a facile, lowest-common-denominator appeal for gun control regulations, but for implying that policy should be made in the heat of emotional rather than after rational debate and analysis, looking at all sides of an issue, rather than just the most sensational.
Shame on the President…for insulting principled opponents of the Democrat’s irresponsible, hysterical and cynical effort to portray the complex issue of fire arms regulation as a matter of “saving the children” by accusing them of forgetting the horrendous massacre of toddlers at Newtown.
Shame on the President…for dishonestly suggesting that the measures under consideration, good and bad, would have necessarily done anything to prevent the Sandy Hook rampage by a deranged killer. If it would not, then why is the date of the event, whether it was 10, 100, or 1000 days ago, relevant to anything? Investigators found that Adam Lanza had a 28 inch Samurai sword in his arsenal. How many children might he have killed in the same amount of time with that, rather than his assault rifle? Watch “Kill Bill, Part I” and get back to me.
Shame on the President…for endorsing a reflex, fear driven, hasty and thoughtless approach to sweeping policy-making. This week, an independent and reliable group of analysts reported that, contrary to how it was sold, President Obama’s health care law —rushed through Congress with tricks and maneuvers and without legislators reading or understanding it—will raise some health care insurance premiums by a whopping 32%. That bill was made law by the skin of its metaphorical teeth by, in part, the President’s hyping and disingenuous assurances. It was a textbook case of how bad laws get made. Now the President is chiding us for not urging Congress to do the same on guns. We’ll find out what’s in the law after we pass that one too, no doubt.
Shame on the President…for once again, like the entire anti-gun mob this time around, using children and grieving families as props and tear-jerking aids. Obama was introduced at the event by Katerina Rodgaard, a lawyer, mother and dance instructor from Maryland who taught a student killed in the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. After the Newtown shooting, Rodgaard said, “I no longer felt it was safe to raise a family in this country.” Well, I can understand her feeling that, but the fact is that she is wrong, and her feelings are a delusion. It is much safer to raise a family today than in many periods in America’s past, and this is one of the safer ones. Her reaction is based on pure emotion and fear, without any connection to reality, and Obama says “shame on America” for not thinking just like her. By all means, lets pass laws in the grip of misconceptions, panic and hysteria, because then proponants have no need to make substantive arguments.
Gabby Giffords, brain damaged and programmed, says that “it’s time” for gun control. Wow, that convinces me! Charley Rangel says that “millions” of kids are being killed by assault weapons. Holy cats! It’s a holocaust out there! Sen. Diane Feinstein says she knows best what kinds of weapons we “need” because she saw her friend, Mayor Moscone, right after he was shot! Dang! She’s an objective expert! Alleged comic Jim Carrey sends out a wave of insulting tweets representing the proposed measures as necessary to “save our kids” and opponents as “heartless.” You’re so wise, Jim! Just like when you warned us about how vaccinations caused autism. “Maybe just one life would have been saved,” writes Post columnist Eugene Robinson, if these measures had been in effect before Newtown! Sure! One life! That’s sufficient justification for limiting the freedom of millions of law-abiding Americans! The President, speaking as if he believes it, says that measures are worth taking if “one child” can be saved, an irresponsible standard for legislation if ever there was one. Hey, everyone! The President thinks we’re morons!
And shame on the President…for not learning his job after four years and more. Barack Obama’s comprehension of the President’s role in the legislative process is to use his bully pulpit to demand, command, hector, mock and insult opponents in public, so he has someone to blame for his failure to lead later: he’s still playing community organizer. This is the opposite of how Presidents get things accomplished, yet this is the extent of Obama’s mastery of his role. I wonder if any major legislation has ever been advanced by a President publicly calling down shame on not only legislators from the opposing party, but his own.
My guess is no.
Allow me to repeat: I favor many of the reforms the President wants—not all, but many. Nonetheless, the miserable and unethical manner in which this policy debate has been conducted by the biased media and the, yes, shameless Democrats has me rooting for the efforts to fail. These methods must be recognized, condemned, and rejected as the irresponsible, debasing tactics they are, and this will never happen if we allow them to succeed.
And that’s a shame.