Obama gave a very good speech last night. But when he said:
“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…”
I would have believed it to be far more sincere had Obama mentioned his own spiteful and polarizing rhetoric –
Didn’t Obama spend more than 20 years with a church that by any reasonable standard would be readily identified as a racist hate organization? You remember: that whole sordid “God Damn America” thing?
Didn’t Obama say of rural white Pennsylvanians, “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”?
Didn’t Obama command, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”?
Didn’t Obama command, “I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”?
Didn’t Obama tell his followers to “punish our enemies”? With said “enemies” being Republicans?
And there are so many others. Even ones that most people would find minor, such as the campaign slogan, “Fired up, ready to go!”, should sound sinister given the attack that Sarah Palin’s “Don’t retreat, reload” has received.
– and disavowed many of his own words as contributing to the hostile climate that we have seen spring up in his presidency.
Obama ran as the man who would transcend the political divide by rising above partisan and polarizing politics as usual. That was his core promise to the American people.
But in reality – as affirmed by the American people – he has been the most polarizing president in American history.
It’s always do as I say, not as I do with Obama.
We’re not supposed to make a great tragedy political???
Tell it to Obama:
“Together We Thrive” was the slogan (and just when in the hell did Memorial services start getting “slogans”?) of the Tucson memorial service. You know, the one where the crowd cheered as though they were at a political rally, rather than at an event to mourn and honor people who were just ruthlessly gunned down by a psychopath.
Here are the T-shirts printed with the political slogan (yes, we can factually say that this is was very much a political slogan, having been the slogan of Obama and his “Organizing for America” organization):
And just when the hell was the last time you attended a memorial service for people who were gunned down and murdered or maimed, and received a T-shirt with bearing a political slogan???
The mainstream media continued to make it all about Obama, with the headline, “Obama Could Get Political Boost From Tucson Speech.” They say:
President Barack Obama’s consoling, sermon-like speech at a service for the victims of the Arizona shooting rampage steered clear of politics, yet it may have given him one of the biggest political boosts since he took office two years ago.
“Steered clear of politics”??? The partisan crowd cheering at the “memorial service” were literally wearing their politics like T-shirts!!!
I mean, my God. I’m just disappointed now that I didn’t get my Bush 9/11 victims memorial speech commemorative T-shirt, featuring a George W. Bush for president election slogan.
Meanwhile liberals are congratulating themselves at their marvelous “tolerance” expressed in Obama’s speech, even as they continue to pile on in their hate for conservatives like Sarah Palin.
Death threats to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have increased to unprecedented levels in the wake of Saturday’s shooting in Tucson, an aide tells ABC News.
Following the attack that seriously wounded Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others, Palin has found herself embroiled in a firestorm of controversy. Numerous left-wing commentators have accused Palin’s hard-hitting partisan rhetoric of influencing accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner.
The Daily Caller reported that dozens of Twitter users called for Sarah Palin’s death in the hours following the shooting, with some going so far as to wish for her assassination.
Major mainstream media figures continued to demonize Sarah Palin even after Obama’s speech. Keith Olbermann attacked her for speaking out in her video one day after attacking her for not speaking out. Bill Press said that Sarah Palin’s self-defense against the vicious leftwing attacks against her reminded him of a terrorist hostage video.
Sarah Palin’s worst “crime” was coming out with a map that “targeted” vulnerable districts for Republican election victories, including Gabrielle Giffords’ seat. It is conveniently overlooked that the DEMOCRAT PARTY has used similar maps. It is conveniently forgotten that powerful leftwing site Daily Kos targeted the moderate Gabrielle Giffords. It is conveniently forgotten that Daily Kos featured an article literally saying of Gabrielle Giffords, “she’s dead to me.”
Funny. I don’t recall Sarah Palin saying that Gabrielle Giffords was dead to her. All she did was use a map the same way Democrats have been doing basically since Lewis and Clark rowed around America in their canoes.
All I can say is I watched the Tucson memorial service. I thought the Native American blessing thing was bizarre (were any of the shooting victims Native American?). I thought the University of Arizona president thought the event was to celebrate his university. And I thought the cheering at what was supposed to be a memorial service was just flat-out wrong.
But even the cheering dims in sheer brazenness to the “Together We Thrive – Organizing for America” political sloganeering.
It very much seems to be ALL about politics to the left. Because they don’t seem to believe in anything else but raw political power. And that goes from the lowest leftwing blogger furiously writing in his parents’ basement all the way up to the president of the United States.
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