The tragedy in Tucson is now been used by the typical Elite Liberal media to blame Conservatives, the Tea Party, Talk Radio and all those who have opposed Obama. In spite of the supposed “conciliatory speech at the “supposed” Memorial service held at the University of Arizona in Tucson by President Obama the Elite media continues the blame game.
President Obama’s speech on Wednesday January 12, 2011, has been praised, for the most part, and his call for “civility” sounds great, but is that really what he wants?
We all need to recall that during the 2008 Presidential campaign, then candidate Obama appeared to be above the “fray” of name calling, etc. On the other hand, the Elite Media and many Democrats went on the attack. Anyone who dared criticize candidate Obama was called a “racist” The NY Times, Washington Post and the Pundits at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, CNBC, among many others on the left wing media ruthlessly attacked John McCain and worse yet his Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Their attacks were not only vitriolic language, but outright dangerous, yet neither then candidate Obama nor his team denounced such attacks as potentially endangering the lives of their opponents.
What is the definition of “civility” in politics? Does it mean that those opposed to Obama’s policies cannot attack those policies?
I am sure that some of my readers, especially those of you on the left, will accuse me of being cynical, but given the past history of candidate Obama, President Obama and his surrogates in the Media and the Left it is important that the issue be raised. As a matter of fact, I was not planning to write about this subject, given the fact that the killer, Jared Loughner happens to be a deranged person, who, even according to those who know him, did not listen to talk radio or had any association with any conservative group, but who, on the other hand was scary. However. the continued attacks by the likes of the Washington Post and the rest of the Elite Media, after Obama’s call to civility, leaves me no choice.
The fact is that President Obama took a “shellacking”, using his own words, in the November 2010 Mid-term elections. The American people spoke and rejected his policies by overwhelmingly selecting a conservative majority to serve in the House of Representatives (the Republicans gained a net of 63 seats). He knows his policies are opposed by a majority of Americans. He has also resorted to using various agencies, like the EPA, via new regulations which they may not even legally have, and that he has not been able to do legislatively, to impose cap and trade policies that will raise energy prices and make the US less competitive. All this in the name of “saving the planet”. His approval rating dove to below 45%, but have risen back to about 48%, still below 50%. Therefore he needs to appear “more conciliatory” while the Elite Media and his surrogates will continue doing the dirty work.
The fact is that the Tucson incident was a terrible tragedy and the Elite media used it in an attempt to silence opposition to Obama’s policies.
The question is whether over the next few days and weeks we will see more of this and unfortunately is a tactic of the Left Wing. As Congress resumes its work and the GOP majority in the House starts addressing the repeal of Obamacare, then the delicate issue of raising the Debt Limit , and they also need to address the fact that the previous Congress never passed a budget for fiscal 2011. The government is operating under a Continuing Resolution based on 2010 expenditures levels, but they will be reducing many programs and agencies that have received obscene increases (with money borrowed) over the past 2 years. All of these steps will open more opportunities for the Elite media and Obama surrogates to accuse the GOP of lack of “civility”. In essence try to suppress dissent of Obama policies.
Political dissent has nothing to do with the Tucson attack on Congresswoman Giffords. The accused shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, continues to emerge as a deranged young man whose mind was deeply disturbed, but who also tinkered with both anarchist ideas and leftwing politics. Also, among his favorite books "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx, and Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" are hardly the reading material of conservatives or the right wing.
While talking about “civility” in political disagreements one needs to be concerned with the preservation of the First Ammendment. Civility should not be an excuse to suppress dissent and criticism of Obama’s policies. It would be a slippery slope that has happened in many countries, and not only in countries like Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, China, etc. There are already limits of speech in so-called democracies like Canada and France and many other countries, that would be considered unconstitutional in the US.
I saw this in Cuba after Castro took over. The excitement of Castro deposing a tyrant was a key event that eventually resulted in the media and key figures of the nation to oppose criticism of Castro. By the time people realized what was happening, it was too late and the same media pundits who originally supported “restrain” in criticizing the “Revolution”, eventually fell victims to the suppression of freedom of the press and freedom of speech in general.
While I am not saying that this is what will happen here, we need to be vigilant to make sure that we do not lose any of our constitutional rights. Believe me this tragedy is now going to be politicized and used to try to limit our rights under the First and Second amendments of the Constitution. The fact is that many of these people are using the unfortunate attack by a left wing nut on a Congresswoman to paint all of us who disagree with Obama and his policies with a wide brush.
Yes, President Obama gave a magnificent speech at the “attempted” memorial Service in Tucson (more on this below), but this brings up some questions as to timing and actual Presidential actions.
When US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan carried out the Fort Hood Shooting on November 5, 2009, killing 13 fellow soldiers and wounding 30 others, the quick comment by President Obama was to state, and I am paraphrasing, that we should not come to quick conclusions. In reality he meant not to judge the reason of the killing by a Muslim as a Muslim terrorist action. I wonder, how come he did not stop the attack on conservatives, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and others, immediately and ask his own supporters not to come to a quick conclusion on the Tucson shootings which eventually proved wrong. However, the Fort Hood shootings were in fact an act of Jihad by a Muslim who hates our nation.
The so-called memorial service in Tucson is also questionable as to how it was conducted. While the event was organized by the University of Arizona and the “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” logo/campaign may have been an idea totally originated by the powers that be at UA, including possibly its President Robert Shelton ( he was after all the MC for the event), it appeared like a thinly-veiled partisan cheerleading event for Obama instead of the somber and respectful Memorial to those killed and praying for the recovery of Congress woman Giffords and the other victims. It may have been indeed a purely campus planned event. However, given Obama’s aides own meticulous attention to stage prop details, one may come to the conclusion and odds are high that Obama’s high level people like Axelrod were aware of the tone of the event if not an active organizer of it. While the 2012 Presidential campaign has not started yet, President Obama showed his ability to connect with supporters, much like during his Presidential campaign.
Many of the media attacks originally used to blame the shootings on Sarah Palin’s campaign poster appeared on her Facebook page during the 2010 Mid-Term elections.
However, the Elite Media, also, conveniently left out the fact that during the 2004 Presidential campaign The Democratic Party used a similar map.
Then we had former Democrat Governor Joe Munchin and now Senator of West Virginia, who after falling behind in the polls during the Mid-Term 2010 elections, actually released a video in which he appears with a rifle and shoots at a target depicting Obama’s plan for Cap and trade.
Don’t you think that if the Elite media is really concerned about targets and shootings they should have objected to the Democrats use of targets in the 2004 campaign or Senator Munchin actually firing with a rifle at a target for political campaigning in 2010?
The answer should be yes, but in actuality, the Elite Media and Left wing factions want to silence political dissent against a Democrat President. If I recall correctly, it was then Senator Hillary Clinton, during the Bush years who said and I quote:
“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with the Administration (referring to George W Bush) somehow you are not patriotic and we should stand and say that we are Americans and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration”
So, there you have it from a bastion of the Democrat party, it is ok to disagree and dissent.
Unfortunately the media in general is not helpful. So-called vitriolic language is in the eyes of the beholder, in particular if the beholder does not like what you say. There is nothing wrong with political dissent and the right to free speech.
There is a very thin line between silencing hateful speech and silencing the right to free speech. As one who suffered the Castro regime and was severely tortured for just expressing my views of his ruthless regime, I can attest to the fact that we need not to silent dissent in the name of civility. When Castro took over, which by the way I originally helped to get to power, then any criticism of his policies was immediately criticized by the Cuban media who viewed it as an attack on the Revolution. Eventually they too were silenced.
The point is that dissent maybe could be more “civilized”, but let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water and also the Elite media needs to end its hypocrisy and stop its “selective” desire for silencing those who they disagree with.