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How about a Memorial for the Victims of Enterovirus?

Eli Thomas WallerOriginally posted at American Thinker

It’s always nice to reminisce about Barack Obama’s many selective responses to tragedies over the years. When Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 other innocent Americans were shot in a Tucson, Arizona shopping mall parking lot, six of whom died, Barack Obama rushed to Giffords’s bedside.

At the Tucson Memorial, which took place four days after the shooting, the president shared with America how, when he walked into the room where Gabby lay with a bullet wound to her head, she miraculously opened her eyes. It was a Jesus-and-Lazarus moment for sure.

Nonetheless, with that kind of miracle-working track record, too bad Son of Africa Barack “My Brother’s Keeper” Obama didn’t do what he’s asked every American to do, which is to show ‘no greater love than to lay down his life’ for the now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan.

If Duncan hadn’t died, Obama could have proven to America that Ebola is not a threat by paying the Liberian Ebola victim a visit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Then, just like it did with Gabby Gifford, his mere presence probably could have saved Thomas Eric Duncan’s body from the ravages of viral hemorrhagic fever.

Seeing as how Obama paying a hospital visit to an Ebola patient is never going to happen, how about headlining another memorial for dead children like he’s done in the past?

So far, there has been no mention of commemorative gatherings for the latest round of Americans killed as a result of Barry’s political viciousness. Still, the next one could be in the style of the memorial that honored Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old killed in the Giffords shooting.

The difference would be that the newest group would include four-year-old Eli Waller of New Jersey; Emily Otrando, a 10-year-old girl from Rhode Island; and three adults, all of whom recently succumbed to a viral infection called Enterovirus 68, imported from Latin America compliments of Barack Obama.

Remember all the wonderful things Obama had to say about Christina during the Tucson Memorial speech? It was there that the president said that all of our children are “deserving of our love.” Unfortunately, even though love for children should include protection from harm, protection is what the president failed to provide Eli and Emily.

It was during the Tucson Memorial that President Obama said:

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.

Speaking of politics, both Eli and Emily died from a virus brought across our borders by unaccompanied minors whom Obama purposely encouraged, for political reasons, to migrate north.

Using Christina’s death as a springboard, in Tucson, Obama also talked about living up to our children’s expectations. Children like Emily, whose expectations were dashed and whose premature obituary described her as a “sweet, loving, beautiful child who found joy in life and nature.”

Christina Taylor Green loved civics and being on the student council. Emily loved dolphins and horses, swimming, and clamming, as well as writing and making art.

If by chance there is a memorial for children who are victims of Obama policies and the president attends, maybe he can stir the emotions of the crowd by talking about how, when Emily died of an Enterovirus 68 staph infection, she was in the process of growing her hair long like Luna Lovegood, her favorite Harry Potter character.

Fantasies aside, for lack of acknowledgment on his part, one can’t help but notice that the senseless deaths of children like Christina Taylor Green and Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old shot to death in Chicago, certainly receive more sympathy from Barack Obama than children who die in the furtherance of his personal political agenda.

The president is willing to pass laws and sign executive orders to save children from gun violence, but in reality, a threat far greater than guns looms in the form of deadly pathogens. Still, the man who talked about caring for our children remains staunchly defiant in his refusal to protect those very children from people carrying not guns and ammunition, but deadly contagions and infectious disease.

Then there’s Eli Waller, the youngest of triplets, who died because of a virus the president who wiped away tears at Sandy Hook allowed to infiltrate the lives of the most vulnerable and helpless among us.

Andy Waller described his little boy: “He was a beautiful mix of eagerness and hesitancy, need and striving, caution and surprise, all of which were grounded in a pure, unconditional love.”

What goes through Barack Obama’s mind when he listens to Eli’s heartbroken father talk about the gentle, loving preschooler who, thanks to Enterovirus 68, went to bed with pinkeye and never woke up?

Christina Taylor Green died as the result of a madman with a Glock 19 named Jared Loughner. During the Tucson Memorial, Obama said, “If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today.” Three years later, because of a president with a “pen and a phone,” Emily and Eli are jumping in those heavenly puddles alongside Christina.

It was at the Interfaith Vigil in Newtown that the president reminded America that our “first task [is] caring for our children[.] … If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right.”

Yet Barack Obama is the one who has exposed America’s children to an unprecedented danger.

And as Americans who would never fall victim to a school shooting continue to die as a result of reckless immigration policies, those deaths are a tragic reflection of a presidency that has gotten nothing right.

Barack Obama’s ‘Broad Brush’ U.N. Speech

2014-09-24t144255z_1_lynxnpea8n0n6_rtroptp_4_un-assembly.jpg_1718483346Originally posted at American Thinker

Again, Barack Obama graced the United Nations podium with his presence. In a speech long on rhetoric and short on reality, the president shared with the General Assembly his view of the world. The only thing missing was Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, softly accompanying Obama with an updated version of “Peace Train.”

Frankly, when Obama cites “the prospect of war between major powers reduced … Hundreds of millions of human beings … freed from the prison of poverty, and the world economy strengthening,” it’s hard to tell what planet he came from.

Apparently Barry hasn’t noticed, but World War III is geared up, and pasting a smiley face on severed heads isn’t going to change that. Then there’s China. Obama conveniently forgot to mention that if China is taken out of the equation, his rosy economic picture changes markedly.

Nevertheless, thanks to Common Core, ObamaCare, and “Hope and Change,” the president said he reminds American youth that, for those who manage to make it out of the womb alive, this is the “best time in history to be born.”

“And yet,” the president said, “there is a pervasive unease in our world.”

For Obama, that “pervasive unease” probably emanates from Ebola, Russians arming Ukrainians instead of the Syrian separatists, and ISIL ruining everyone’s appetite with kitchen-knife decapitations.

Obama’s favorite Saul Alinsky reference to “the world [as] it should be” even reared its ugly head. This time it was “we choose to work for the world as it should be, as our children deserve it to be.”

It sounded as though Barack blamed the atrocity of well-to-do jihadists butchering live human beings on the civilized world not “confront[ing] forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe.”

Then Obama segued into a lecture on the benefits of “cooperation” over “conquest,” the deprecation of modern weaponry, and how the “cause of empire leads to the graveyard.”

From there it was on to chastising Russia for pouring “arms into Eastern Ukraine [and] fueling violent separatists,” which is what Obama does in Muslim countries every chance he gets.

The president criticizing a “world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another” sounded like he mixed up Mexico with Russia. Either way, throughout the speech, he made it clear that if Putin does what Obama demands, America will gladly work with Russia.

Mentioning the futility of the belief that “might makes right,” Obama said that he believes that “right makes might,” which is a catchy slogan sure to electrify both Vladimir Putin and ISIL.

Moving right along, and notwithstanding his approval of the IRS bullying the little guy, Obama went on to mention that “bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones.” And unless freedom entails owning a gun or choosing one’s own doctor, the president said he supports nations and peoples being free to make their own decisions.

What followed was “we are the world” globalist crazy talk. Obama spoke of solving “problems together … mutual interests and … respect.” One small problem: ISIS has no mutual interests with the U.S. And while he’s disconnecting heads from shoulders, the last thing on Jihadi John’s mind is respect.

Then, despite 200,000 people from Ebola-stricken nations holding visas to travel to the U.S., the president, while still refusing to close the southern border, swore that America would help curtail the spread of Ebola.

Next it was Iran and how America “is pursuing a diplomatic resolution” – to a nuclear buildup by a genocidal nation unwavering in its desire to wipe Israel off the map.

After promising to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and save the planet for generations to come, Muslim apologist Barack Hussein Obama set out to once again remediate Islam in the eyes of a wary world.

It started with a “Terror is not a new weapon,” quote from John F. Kennedy. Then, alluding to ISIL, the president said that a “lethal and ideological brand of terrorists … have perverted one of the world’s great religions.” To give credibility to that view, Obama tied Islam to other religions, saying “Christianity endured centuries of vicious sectarian conflict.”

With words he uttered in front of the Turkish Parliament in 2009, Obama rejected “a clash of civilizations,” and assured the Muslim world, a large portion of which is at war or supports the war with America, that the “United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.”

That statement makes one wonder why Barack Obama continues to lump all gun owners together and neglected to distinguish the difference between the NRA and Jared Loughner at the Tucson Memorial.

After blowing smoke up Islam’s derrière, which included quoting a controversial sheikh, the president did what he does best – apologized for America.

First Obama promised that America wouldn’t “occupy lands” and vowed that “our entire foreign policy will not be based on ‘reacting to terrorism’.” Then he shared that “America has plenty of problems within its own borders,” most of which have ironically been exacerbated by the guy doing the apologizing.

Subsequently, the first African-American president brought up Ferguson, Missouri, and America’s racial and ethnic tensions. Dissing the founding fathers, Barack admitted that “America is a country that has steadily worked … to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation. America is not the same as it was 100 … 50 years … or even a decade ago.”

Not to mention six years ago.

Lawless, non-transparent, unaccountable Barack Obama, whose administration censors the White House press pool, later said that in America “we hold our leaders accountable … insist on a free press and independent judiciary … we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law.”

Missing an opportunity to mention Muslim oppression of women or to coerce Ebola-stricken West Africa, in return for help with Ebola, to rethink its harsh stance on homosexuality, Obama ended the speech with his politically correct “no matter who you are, or who you love” line.

Besides taunting Russia, tackling Ebola, and offering his usual platitudes, by and large what stood out in this U.N. speech was Barack Obama, who reportedly just warned against “painting Islam with a broad brush,” making intricate distinctions within Islam while painting everything else with a broad brush.

Again, Barack Obama graced the United Nations podium with his presence. In a speech long on rhetoric and short on reality, the president shared with the General Assembly his view of the world. The only thing missing was Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, softly accompanying Obama with an updated version of “Peace Train.”

Frankly, when Obama cites “the prospect of war between major powers reduced … Hundreds of millions of human beings … freed from the prison of poverty, and the world economy strengthening,” it’s hard to tell what planet he came from.

Apparently Barry hasn’t noticed, but World War III is geared up, and pasting a smiley face on severed heads isn’t going to change that. Then there’s China. Obama conveniently forgot to mention that if China is taken out of the equation, his rosy economic picture changes markedly.

Nevertheless, thanks to Common Core, ObamaCare, and “Hope and Change,” the president said he reminds American youth that, for those who manage to make it out of the womb alive, this is the “best time in history to be born.”

“And yet,” the president said, “there is a pervasive unease in our world.”

For Obama, that “pervasive unease” probably emanates from Ebola, Russians arming Ukrainians instead of the Syrian separatists, and ISIL ruining everyone’s appetite with kitchen-knife decapitations.

Obama’s favorite Saul Alinsky reference to “the world [as] it should be” even reared its ugly head. This time it was “we choose to work for the world as it should be, as our children deserve it to be.”

It sounded as though Barack blamed the atrocity of well-to-do jihadists butchering live human beings on the civilized world not “confront[ing] forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe.”

Then Obama segued into a lecture on the benefits of “cooperation” over “conquest,” the deprecation of modern weaponry, and how the “cause of empire leads to the graveyard.”

From there it was on to chastising Russia for pouring “arms into Eastern Ukraine [and] fueling violent separatists,” which is what Obama does in Muslim countries every chance he gets.

The president criticizing a “world in which one nation’s borders can be redrawn by another” sounded like he mixed up Mexico with Russia. Either way, throughout the speech, he made it clear that if Putin does what Obama demands, America will gladly work with Russia.

Mentioning the futility of the belief that “might makes right,” Obama said that he believes that “right makes might,” which is a catchy slogan sure to electrify both Vladimir Putin and ISIL.

Moving right along, and notwithstanding his approval of the IRS bullying the little guy, Obama went on to mention that “bigger nations should not be able to bully smaller ones.” And unless freedom entails owning a gun or choosing one’s own doctor, the president said he supports nations and peoples being free to make their own decisions.

What followed was “we are the world” globalist crazy talk. Obama spoke of solving “problems together … mutual interests and … respect.” One small problem: ISIS has no mutual interests with the U.S. And while he’s disconnecting heads from shoulders, the last thing on Jihadi John’s mind is respect.

Then, despite 200,000 people from Ebola-stricken nations holding visas to travel to the U.S., the president, while still refusing to close the southern border, swore that America would help curtail the spread of Ebola.

Next it was Iran and how America “is pursuing a diplomatic resolution” – to a nuclear buildup by a genocidal nation unwavering in its desire to wipe Israel off the map.

After promising to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and save the planet for generations to come, Muslim apologist Barack Hussein Obama set out to once again remediate Islam in the eyes of a wary world.

It started with a “Terror is not a new weapon,” quote from John F. Kennedy. Then, alluding to ISIL, the president said that a “lethal and ideological brand of terrorists … have perverted one of the world’s great religions.” To give credibility to that view, Obama tied Islam to other religions, saying “Christianity endured centuries of vicious sectarian conflict.”

With words he uttered in front of the Turkish Parliament in 2009, Obama rejected “a clash of civilizations,” and assured the Muslim world, a large portion of which is at war or supports the war with America, that the “United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.”

That statement makes one wonder why Barack Obama continues to lump all gun owners together and neglected to distinguish the difference between the NRA and Jared Loughner at the Tucson Memorial.

After blowing smoke up Islam’s derrière, which included quoting a controversial sheikh, the president did what he does best – apologized for America.

First Obama promised that America wouldn’t “occupy lands” and vowed that “our entire foreign policy will not be based on ‘reacting to terrorism’.” Then he shared that “America has plenty of problems within its own borders,” most of which have ironically been exacerbated by the guy doing the apologizing.

Subsequently, the first African-American president brought up Ferguson, Missouri, and America’s racial and ethnic tensions. Dissing the founding fathers, Barack admitted that “America is a country that has steadily worked … to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation. America is not the same as it was 100 … 50 years … or even a decade ago.”

Not to mention six years ago.

Lawless, non-transparent, unaccountable Barack Obama, whose administration censors the White House press pool, later said that in America “we hold our leaders accountable … insist on a free press and independent judiciary … we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law.”

Missing an opportunity to mention Muslim oppression of women or to coerce Ebola-stricken West Africa, in return for help with Ebola, to rethink its harsh stance on homosexuality, Obama ended the speech with his politically correct “no matter who you are, or who you love” line.

Besides taunting Russia, tackling Ebola, and offering his usual platitudes, by and large what stood out in this U.N. speech was Barack Obama, who reportedly just warned against “painting Islam with a broad brush,” making intricate distinctions within Islam while painting everything else with a broad brush.

Will There Be an ObamaCare Victims’ Memorial?

VictimOriginally posted at American Thinker

So Barack Obama, American firebomber extraordinaire, feels he’s “been burned.”  But if truth be told, it is he who has never had his “feet held to the fire” for the multitude of untruths he’s perpetrated on the entire country — let alone the world.

Even the most casual observer, if he puts down his iPhone long enough to focus on what’s befalling our country, will see that, to the nation’s detriment, the president carefully picks and chooses issues to promote, and does so by exploiting sad stories and faking heartfelt sentiment.

Remember when Obama, in his ongoing effort to dismantle the Second Amendment, said that “if it saves one life,” gun control is worth it?  That must be why with each gun-related death, Obama rushed to the nearest podium to tug on America’s heartstrings.

In defense of his unrelenting campaign to curtail the “right to keep and bear arms,” the man who puts his firm approbation on the slaughter of 3,000 unborn babies per day repeatedly said, “If there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try.”

Here’s the problem with the “if there’s just one life” blather Obama spouts opportunistically: he doesn’t mean it, and he’s proven as much in the way he’s responded to talk of potential fatalities resulting from a policy he not only supports, but refuses to back down from despite its threat to American lives.

As a result of his signature health care reform farce, one by one, gravely ill people are stepping forward, many of whom, thanks to Obama’s lies, will ultimately die after losing their health insurance in the middle of their cancer treatments.  And in response, the only thing the president has to say about such misfortune is that he’s sorry some people are “finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from [him]”?

He probably meant to say “finding themselves lying prone on a gurney in the morgue.”

Either way, imagine if Barack Obama supported the Second Amendment and had spent three years assuring Americans that no one would die as a result of gun violence.  Then, despite his promises, 12 people were shot to death in a Colorado movie theatre.  Based on the anemic response Barack Obama is offering now, it would be like saying he’s sorry some people found themselves dead “based on assurances” he gave about gun safety.

With that in mind, here’s a question for Barack Obama: Mr. President, is lost life tragic only when lost as a result of policies you oppose?  Because it sure seems that easily avoidable death and dying is not a problem for you if the body count grows as a result of the liberal legislation you support.

Unlike the children of the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, after dying at the hands of gunmen wielding “Fast and Furious” weaponry that the Obama administration supplied to Mexican drug cartels, Border agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata were barely acknowledged by the president.

Therefore, if death occurs as a result of Americans losing their health insurance, does anyone really think Barack Obama will host or attend a Tucson Memorial-type event in their honor?  Will he exploit the victims of the political violence he’s perpetrated like he did gun violence victims, by memorializing them with ‘Together we Thrive” t-shirts?

Will the president solemnly eulogize the innocent by painting word-pictures of them splashing through “rain puddles in Heaven,” like he did Christina-Taylor Green, the child gunned down in the Arizona Gabby Giffords shooting?

If three years’ worth of propaganda followed by the disastrous ObamaCare rollout results in deaths, will Barack Obama admit that his substandard leadership and ongoing deception are to blame?

Will the president suggest that the national tragedy called ObamaCare should “prompt reflection and debate”?  And will he keep the discussion alive by encouraging Americans everywhere to make sure the falsehoods he’s told that have brought misery and trepidation to millions are not lost “on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle”?

Is it possible that the president will have executive order-signing ceremonies where he’ll circumvent Congress to ensure that policies are put into place to protect America from his ongoing health care reform disaster?  At those ceremonies, will he showcase frightened schoolchildren and the letters they’ve supposedly written about being traumatized by his signature policy?

Like he did when 15-year-old teen Hadiya Pendleton was shot dead in Chicago’s Vivian Gordon Harsh Park, as time goes on and more people perish, will the president send his emissary wife to the funerals of cancer victims who decided to “let nature take its course” because they couldn’t afford the ObamaCare premiums?

To put a face on the millions adversely affected by Obama’s abysmal policies, when the Bill Elliots and Edie Littlefield Sundbys of the world die before their time, will their devastated families, like Cleo and Nate Pendleton, be given a seat of honor at the next State of the Union address alongside Michelle Obama?

Will both Barack and Michelle personally identify with the dead, like Mrs. Obama did with Hadiya when she said, “Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her,” and like her husband did when he uttered those now infamous words: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon [Martin]”?

The answer to all those questions is “no way.”

What’s also unlikely is that President Obama will use his old “If there’s just one life we can save, we’ve got an obligation to try” line, because it would mean rectifying a deadly situation he knowingly initiated in his mission to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America.

 

Obama’s ‘Saving Even One Child’ Policy Falls Short

obama1Originally posted at American Thinker

Something happened between the time the president talked about Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl shot dead in the Tucson Gabrielle Giffords shooting, jumping through rain puddles in heaven, and the country finding out that Sara Murnaghan, a 10-year-old Pennsylvania child with cystic fibrosis, is being denied a life-saving lung because of government regulations dictating age restrictions on organ transplants.

Sara Murnaghan does qualify for pediatric lungs.  However, there are currently none available.  Without transplanting adult lungs into Murnaghan’s body, the little girl has about five weeks to live and will qualify for a transplant one year and eleven months too late.

Lately, America has been subjected to radically pro-choice Barack attempting to advance an anti-gun agenda by pretending to care about saving the lives of children he’d have otherwise been fine with aborting had they still been in utero.

Undermining Second-Amendment rights is why the president shows up at memorials, fake-cries on camera, hugs grieving parents, signs legislation surrounded by high-fiving youngsters, and repeatedly vows that saving the life of one child is worth the effort.

Piling it on, Michelle Obama even flew to Chicago to attend the funeral of 15-year-old gun violence victim Hadiya Pendleton and then invited the dead girl’s parents, Cleo and Nathaniel, to grace the State of the Union skybox, just to add a good dose of parental bereavement to the anti-gun atmosphere.

Now, after hearing Kathleen Sebelius make the cold comment that “someone lives and someone dies” in response to questions about why she refuses to intervene in the Sara Murnaghan emergency lung transplant case, it’s clear that anti-gun political pragmatism is at the root of concern over the saving of some lives and not others.

It’s clear that in the Obama administration, if gun violence kills a child, it matters.  However, if cystic fibrosis is the killer, oh well — as Kathleen Sebelius says, “someone lives and someone dies.”

In response to the Sandy Hook shooting where 20 children and six adults lost their lives in Newtown, Connecticut, the president stressed that “if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.”

Yet, during a recent House hearing, when Lou Barletta (R-Pa) implored HHS Secretary Sebelius to “take that step” so that a little girl can have a shot at life, and to “please, suspend the [lung transplant] rules until we look at this policy,” Sebelius, who does have the authority to waive the rule on Sara’s behalf, refused.

At the Tucson Memorial, Scripture-quoting Barack Obama said, “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.”

At the Newtown Vigil, Obama reaffirmed those sentiments when he said that “[t]his job of keeping our children safe…is something we can only do together … we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children.”

Then, while signing executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence, flanked by four anti-gun youngsters, Obama said, “This is our first task as a society. Keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.”

So if saving children’s lives are “not on the usual plane of politics” when an opportunity to fulfill “our first task — caring for our children,” arises for one little girl, why does Kathleen Sebelius respond by coldly reminding Congressman Barletta that although it’s an “incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies … 40 [other] people in Pennsylvania are on the ‘highest acuity list’ for lung transplants”?

And while caution is in order because the government changing the rules for the benefit of the one sets a dangerous precedent — in the future, the government could be inclined to change the rules to detriment of the many — there is a huge amount of liberal hypocrisy afoot here.

Why?  Because in the end, little Sara Murnaghan will likely die, and not as the result of a gunshot wound, so Barack Obama won’t care.  Moreover, Michelle Obama will not attend Sara’s funeral, and neither will Sara’s mom and dad, Janet and Fran, be sitting beside the first lady next year in the State of the Union skybox as representatives of the need to change organ transplant laws.

Rest assured, in the short time that Sara has left, Barack Obama will not be reminding America that “we bear a responsibility” for Sara.  Nor will he sign a middle-of-the-night executive order overriding Kathleen Sebelius’s stubborn refusal to waive the adult lung transplant rule in time to save the child’s life.

It’s also unlikely that health care reformer Barack “Doesn’t Care” Obama will be on hand to shed one fake tear or quote a single out-of-context Scripture passage at Sara’s funeral.

Instead, as a result of refusing to “take that step … [to] save even one child,” Barack Obama and his self-serving administration have exposed the true nature of an agenda that has nothing to do with shielding the lives of helpless children from harm and everything to do with advancing a progressive anti-gun agenda.

Election Year Civility: Obama’s Tucson Memorial vs. Trayvon Martin Reactions

Originally posted at Breitbart’s BIG Government

There was a time when liberals fancied themselves the keepers of civility.  Who can forget when, after the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy, the President spoke at a memorial in Tucson where he exhorted the nation to more courteous conversation by insinuating that right-wing hate speech had fueled the brutal attack on the Arizona congresswoman?

After the shooting, in one of his typical lectures to America, Barack “Together we Thrive” Obama maintained that “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.”

More recently, after the controversial shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin one can’t help but wonder if Barack Obama truly meant those words.

Based on his reaction to the racially-tinged incident in Sanford, Florida, it seems the President’s exhortation applies exclusively to political adversaries, because lately we’ve come to find out that if dissension should crop up anywhere besides Arizona, ‘pausing for a moment’ is apparently not something Barack Obama advocates.

The truth is, when comparing the hoodie-wearing congressmen, bounty-placing New Black Panthers, terror-tweeting Hollywood directors, and a President who has lots to say about conservatives’ conduct but remains mum when out-of-control liberals behave badly, indignant hypocrites on the left have succeeded in making Rush Limbaugh’s recent improper innuendos seem relatively benign.

After the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured 12, the President implored a stunned nation to embrace civility, saying, “For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.”

Yet, after uttering such cogent words, Obama has chosen to remain relatively silent as George Zimmerman, the man who claims that he shot a black teen in self-defense, is pursued by an outraged lynch mob chanting “No justice, no peace.”

Even more disturbing is the fact that those shunning the assistance of law enforcement are some of Obama’s closest friends.  The group attempting to avenge a death deemed by some to be the result of racial profiling that turned into a cold-blooded execution includes the New Black Panthers, Democrat ultra-liberals like Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Al Sharpton, and Hollywood progressives like Roseanne Barr.

Famous African-American “40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks” director Spike Lee even chose not to “do the right thing.” Jumping into the fray and hoping to direct an angry mob to George Zimmerman’s doorstep to accomplish God knows what, Lee tweeted out a home address he thought belonged to the perpetrator. Spike might as well have strung a noose on a tree outside the man’s house.

The house number Lee tweeted was incorrect, but his communiqué resulted in Elaine and David McClain being driven from their home fearing for their lives. Spike Lee, a $1.6 million fundraiser for Obama’s bid for reelection, finally apologized and reached a financial settlement with the elderly couple. But thus far, the Tucson Healer has yet to utter one word about the shameful incident.

After mentally disturbed Jared Lee Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head, Barack Obama made a concerted effort to temper the violence by promising justice, and did so while encouraging everyone to exercise measured restraint. Now, in response to Trayvon’s death, a posse with the Twitter handle @Kill Zimmerman is advertising that, without an investigation or trial, an American citizen should “be shot dead in the street the same way Trayvon was.”

Yet, the President who once challenged the nation with the words “We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future” has been eerily silent about the growing unrest surrounding the teen’s shooting.  Obama has spoken once, only to mention that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.

Whatever happened to President Obama advising Americans to use a violent situation such as this “to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and to remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together?”

If we were listening to each other, exercising empathy and reminding ourselves we are bound together, then Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department would have reacted appropriately to the New Black Panthers trying to take the law into their own hands by placing a bounty on a Zimmerman’s head and circulating “Wanted Dead or Alive” posters.

Moreover, why is President Obama, who in Tucson warned that we should never use “tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another,” stoking aggression by purposely ignoring the growing animosity toward a man who is supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty?”

At the Tucson Memorial, Barack Obama quoted Scripture and discouraged the nation from “pointing fingers and assigning blame.” Now, with an election just months away, the Keeper of Civility, desperate to renew his base, has found a racial issue to exploit and has aligned his 2012 reelection campaign with a hooded uniform that symbolizes a slain teen whose culpability in his own death has yet to be determined.

And so, not only has the President proven that his recent righteous indignation toward so-called right-wing “hate speech” is a reaction directed exclusively toward political foes, and while contributing to growing tension in a nation he’s supposed to be leading, Obama has once again managed to expose his own duplicity.

The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case has left a young man dead, an accused shooter hiding from an angry mob of bloodthirsty vigilantes, and has caused the nation to be sharply divided again by racial tension.  But above all, what the Trayvon Martin tragedy has done is reveal to America that every word uttered by Barack Obama at that Tucson Memorial was nothing more than politically-motivated empty rhetoric.

‘Gun Against the Head’ Civil Discourse

Originally posted at BIG Government

In 2008, long before a shooting in Tucson where six people died and 19 were injured, candidate Barack Obama did not shy away from violent imagery when explaining how he would counter Republican attacks during the 2008 presidential campaign. Chicago-style Obama warned: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

After Tucson, when it came time to assign blame for what amounted to an attempted political assassination, liberals did not squander the opportunity to blame the Sarah Palin PAC website’s depiction of cross-hairs for inciting the type of uncivil discourse that led to the  murders, and Obama didn’t stop them. In fact, the media all but laid the responsibility for Jared Lee Loughner shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)  in the head at Palin’s feet.

Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann even went so far as to say: “If Sarah Palin … does not repudiate her own part, however tangential, in amplifying violence and violent imagery in American politics, she must be dismissed from politics, she must be repudiated by the members of her party.”

Four short days after the shooting, Barack Obama used the opportunity to sell T-shirts, rebuke the gun lobby, and use the tragedy to partner with the media and call for “civility in public discourse.”  In other words, the memorial in Tucson became a platform for Obama to reprimand his critics and harness the First Amendment by condemning “point scoring and pettiness.”

Barack recited Scripture, offered condolences, and eulogized all the victims before segueing into rhetoric that heaped guilt upon anyone on the right who might employ hyperbole in political discussion. Citing the gallant actions of those who saved lives in a Safeway parking lot, the President said heroism posed a “challenge to each of us,” and raised the question “going forward” of what “beyond the prayers and expressions of concern,” was  required of all Americans, including himself, to “honor the fallen” and “be true to their memory?”

Politicizing an act that had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with insanity, the President brought up “national conversation” as an “essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.” Obama also used the occasion to mention the debate over the “motivations behind these killings…the merits of gun safety laws,” and “the adequacy of our mental health systems.”

President “Bring a Knife and We’ll Bring a Gun” Obama chided the nation by saying, “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.”

It was touching sentiments such as those that inspired the New York Times to praise Barack Obama for ushering in a New Era of Civility.  Six months later, amidst talk of economic “Armageddon,” as the debate over raising the debt ceiling continues to heat up, Barack Obama is the one who  dropped the ‘civility’ ball.

If it is true that mentally ill individuals can be goaded toward violence by cartoon depictions of cross-hairs, then Obama, who exhorted the nation by saying “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,” may have unintentionally provided the impetus for a future tragedy.

At  a Twitter town hall in Washington DC, the man who, when in Tucson, demanded from political adversaries “more civility in our public discourse,” tweeted out to millions that Republicans are using the debt ceiling debate as a “gun against the heads” of the American people.  He even made reference to how Republicans disagree with what they call “job-killing tax increases.” If President Obama wants to set the courtesy bar, maybe he should stick to his own stringent, legalistic language standard and when speaking censor the word “killing.”

Barack Obama’s own words at the Tucson Memorial denounced ‘gun against the head’ imagery, which everyone knows is simply hyperbolic analogy.  However, unless this is another in a long list of examples of Barack Obama exempting himself from the edicts he places upon everyone else, the President either owes an apology to the nation for exhibiting the lack of “decency and goodness” he called for in Tucson, or he should quit looking for any excuse to control speech and politicize misfortune.

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