Sandy Hook Ethics Train Wreck Update: President Obama and the Rhetoric of Hate

Juror 10 (Ed Begley), apparently Obama's inspiration

Juror 10 (Ed Begley), apparently Obama’s inspiration

Reginald Rose, together with Rod Serling and Paddy Chayefsky, formed the liberal writing troika that created some of the most memorable and important dramatic works of the live television era. None were better than Rose’s “Twelve Angry Men,” a unique, brilliant, real-time portrayal of ordinary men trying to wend their ways through their own limitations and biases to achieve justice under the law. Among its memorable characters is the bigot in the room, a nasty, hate-filled man who ultimately explodes in a rant against the defendant in a murder case, a member of some minority group—Rose never tells us which, because it doesn’t make any difference which. The bigot, Juror 10, says in part…

“…If somebody gets killed, so somebody killed. They don’t care…oh, sure, there are good things about them. Look, I’d be the first one to say that. I’ve known some who were okay, but that’s the exception.”

Rose, who was a Jew, knew that kind of rhetoric well, the condescending, sneering faint praise of the hate-monger. I wonder what Mr. Rose, whom I once had the pleasure of speaking to, would have said about a U.S. President who had pledged to reject the “politics of divisiveness and hate,” and went on to say this to a partisan audience, as Barack Obama did yesterday:

And I do believe that there are well-meaning Republicans out there who care about their kids just as passionately as we do.”

Other commentators have focused on other outrages in the President’s shameful lie and scandal tour to promote gun control legislation, when his attentions should be elsewhere.  The Washington Post’s Fact Checker downgraded a previous piece of misinformation Obama used last month to a lie (Obama keeps saying that 40% of gun sales lack background checks) because it isn’t true, can’t be verified, and Obama knows it’s misleading. Glenn Reynolds and others noted that the President said that the Newtown shooter used a “fully automatic weapon,” which is untrue, and suggested that he, like most of the anti-gun politicians and talking heads, doesn’t really know what he’s talking about, and doesn’t care, as long as the rhetoric frightens enough people. I am disappointed in these, but after the last two months I have come to expect no better.

The statement about Republicans, however, is despicable. It is full-bore hate mongering, representing political opposition as less than human, evil, without human feelings. Not all of them, of course—oh, no. Oh, sure, there are good things about Republicans. He’d be the first one to say that. He’s known some who were okay—you know, who cared about their kids—but that’s the exception.

Was my father, a lifelong Republican, one of those rare, well-meaning Republicans who care about kids just as passionately as you and the good people do, Mr. President? I will not even bother to point out, as so many have, that gun control is not about protecting kids. We might as well have elected Jim Carrey as President: that’s what he thinks it’s about too. But he is apparently an idiot.

Mitt Romney lost the election to Obama in part because the press and Obama’s minions were adept at portraying a callous remark made in a partisan setting as a litmus test on the candidate’s attitudes. Using that standard to judge Obama’s statement, I have to judge the President contemptible, and a disgrace to his office and the ideals he claimed, falsely to represent. His words show him to be a petty hate-monger and a Machiavellian leader who seeks to divide by demonizing those who oppose him, and the words show him to be a hypocrite as well. This was the President who was much praised, including here, for saying this in the wake of the Tuscon shooting in 2010:

“But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds….But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another.  As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility.  Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together…If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost.  Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.”

Who was the man who spoke those healing, wise words?

Well, we know now: he was a manipulative phony.

I am disgusted with him.

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Sources: Hot Air, Washington Post

 

 

17 thoughts on “Sandy Hook Ethics Train Wreck Update: President Obama and the Rhetoric of Hate

  1. ” I have to judge the President contemptible, and a disgrace to his office and the ideals he claimed, falsely to represent. His words show him to be a petty hate-monger and a Machiavellian leader who seeks to divide by demonizing those who oppose him, and the words show him to be a hypocrite as well. ”
    Yes,but is he a bigot? He’d be laughable if he wasn’t in a position of such power.

  2. “Our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” -Barack Obama, President (as defined by the Constitution) of the United States (as organized and unified by the Constitution) of America (as birthed by the Declaration of Independence)

    That those words filled with such subtle implication were uttered by the Chief Magistrate of our constitutional republic is beyond the lowest contempt one ought to hold a citizen.

    The subtle invitation to a constituency that would love to see the change brought about in a more rapid method is appalling.
    His mere hinting that he doesn’t believe in checks and balances is reprehensible.

    Sure, let a president privately harbor those frustrations while all the time having faith the Founders knew what they were doing. Voice that? To the nation?

    No instead continue to undermine the sacre trust that ALL republics require in order to function.

  3. When Obama spoke in the wake of the Giffords shooting his party had just taken a major pasting in the 2010 elections, and like it or not, he was going to have to work with them going forward. Now, he’s riding high off a recent election victory and smells possibly taking back the House next year. Not only that, but guns and gay marriage have proven to be VERY effective distractions from the fact that the economy is still struggling. It is very much to the president’s advantage to demonize the opposition, because both his allies in the press and the not-small section of the electorate that will follow him to the ends of the earth will lap it right up and position him to be holding all the cards again for his last two years in office. The question of any ethical compass is long gone from Washington, it’s all about who has the votes to get elected, stay elected, and get done what he wants to get done so he can point to what he did and get elected yet again. The question of ethics never enters the equation, and frankly it hasn’t since 1992.

  4. Well, we know now

    NOW we know?

    Dude, most knew long ago.

    What disgusted me most bout the Arizona shooting was how he would pause for his fucking applause. During a memorial event (which should never have happened and certainly should not have included Captain Failure) the man stood there while he was applauded DURING HIS FUCKING SPEECH!!!

    AT A MINIMUM he should have told the crowd to shut the fuck up and have a little respect, but he’d never fucking do that. It is ALL about him, and he WILL get his adoration no matter what it takes.

    If I had even the slightest idea how to do so, I would be out raising a rebel army right now.

    • Now that’s the way to say it! At first I thought could Obama just be a puppet? Nah, he is way too good. He knows what he is doing and the louder we scream he will bounce it back while mentally thinking “let me just throw them to the wolves”…..as he pauses for the crowd to throw roses at his feet. Nothing will age a person faster than being an American during the Obama years! Whew…

      • Yes, but the question now is “Will the Obama years turn into the Clinton years in 2016?” I’m assuming that somehow, through the grace of God, we’ll be able to survive the Obama years, but right now it looks somewhat doubtful

  5. Another alarm. Another red flag is raised. Certainly there appears to be a lack of understanding how Obama reads the real facts. There are a ton of Democrats who oppose the hands of those who want to crumple the papered Constitution and are as insulted as Republicans should be. The President has read too much into the Johnson Administration when good ol Lyndon rode the white capped waves of fear while wielding the mighty Presidential pen banning the mail order of guns. Although the sweeping gun laws that Johnson blessed seems almost minute to the political screaming of today. Could it be a contagious virus that sweeps those that declare “I’m a Democrat”? Johnson made me a Republican and Carter convinced me to become a Catholic. With Obama starting on his second term, I am anxious to see what life changes will be for me. As an American I am offended by his segregation of political parties. Now the minute some crazed person steals a gun and hits the gun free zones it will be more than sadness we all feel it will be an instant attack on those who believe in the Constitution and the right to bear arms. His statement implies no heart but his intent has been served. Tell a jury to scratch what you just heard but seriously do they? My point is Obama is narcissistic and has no heart. Our new song will be “Cry for Old America”.

    • Now the minute some crazed person steals a gun and hits the gun free zones it will be more than sadness we all feel it will be an instant attack on those who believe in the Constitution and the right to bear arms.

      What I wonder is why Obama decided to go after gun owners instead of the mentally ill.

      The mentally ill do not have a politically powerful lobby protecting them, Furthermore, mental illness is neither a fundamental right nor a suspect classification, so banning mental illness merits only rational basis scrutiny.

  6. So we’ve established lately that the president, the schools, and the news media are all contemptible and intentionally working against that with is good and ethical. The Democrats as a group seem to me to be showing their true colors as wholly uninterested in anything ethical, while the Republicans are showing thiers as either Democrats or buffoons – with a few standouts here and there. We haven’t locked down congress, unions, or the smaller tentacles of beaurocracy which wind throughout the land. Lately, that is. Celebrities have been proving themselves left and right, but big business has actually been looking fairly ethical of late. Entertainment media hasn’t really been looked at too closely in comparison, while sports seems fairly neutral and falling fast.

    So. That’s what we’re up against. Who do we have in our corner? I have high hopes for the new Pope, even though I’m not Catholic. Several companies have been showing themselves quite capable of humanitarian thought. A few people speaking up here and there – I’m cheering Dr. Carson on, and there are a few people trying to stand up on the Republican side. I’m still looking for a few Democrats to break ranks – seen a few glimmers here and there, but not so much that a name comes to mind. Is that really it? Our churches are dismissed as relics full of bigots, the tea party has been declared dead and forgotten… Surely there’s more than that.

    • I hear you. The Pope, Ben Carson, and even a few celebrities give me hope, but what really gets me is that we’re all talking about this and nothing’s getting done. I’m with the guy that says he’d form a rebel army if only he knew how. I keep crossing my fingers there’s an underground contingency somewhere that will miraculously surface (soon) and we can jump on the bandwagon and finally bring this administration to its knees. I’m preaching to the choir I know, but what’s a poor soul to do?

  7. “Not only that, but guns and gay marriage have proven to be VERY effective distractions from the fact that the economy is still struggling.”
    *******
    Exactly!
    And yet, a good portion of the country is oblivious…

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