Obama Chastises the Left, Will There Be An Apology?
Obama ad-libbed a vague, but fairly clear chastisement of members of
his own party and liberal commentators like Paul Krugman for their
unfounded accusations that those on the right were responsible for
creating an atmosphere of hate that caused the shooting of 19 innocent
Americans in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011. The target of the
shooter was apparently United States Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords.
Six were killed including Federal Judge John Roll and a nine year old
girl. Although the President devoted much of his speech on January 12th
to a plea to tone down public debates and to the necessity of
respecting other points of view, he said, “let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not.”
While it’s not entirely clear why the President focused on uncivil
debate if it did not in any way encourage the shooter, it was,
nevertheless, a welcome word of sanity in a sea of vitriol that has
spewed forth from the left since the tragic shootings.
Paul Krugman, who is a Nobel Prize winner in economics and an op-ed writer for The New York Times,
is hailed as the guru of the left, but the hate and venom that came
from his pen on January 9, 2011 bore no resemblance to rational
thought. It was unreasoned, undocumented, and clearly he was nearly
unhinged. He excused the often hysterical Keith Olbermann from any
culpability whatsoever, blaming Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh,
Michele Bachman, and even Bill O’Reilly for creating a climate of hate.
Mr. Krugman, look in the mirror, you and Olbermann are guilty of
repeated character assassination. You play fast and loose with the
facts and go into a rage whenever your views take a beating in the
marketplace of honest ideas. Your rage obviously stems from having your
ideas being rejected by the American people, not from any sense of
concern for a free, civil, and open debate. Krugman says…
that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of
balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right.”
Krugman himself is no model of civility having advised the “progressives” in the Democratic Party, i.e. liberals…
“By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.”
With similar self-righteousness, recently defeated Pennsylvania Congressman Paul Kanjorski penned an op-ed column in The New York Times on January 11th in which he said,
all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance
public officials from the people. Therefore, it is incumbent on all
Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which
political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent
This is the same Congressman who on October 23, 2010 said of now Florida Governor, Rick Scott…
Scott down there that's running for Governor of Florida, instead of
running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him.
Put him against the wall and shoot him.”
reminded of his incendiary remarks after the Tucson shooting, the
ex-Congressman feebly pleaded that everyone knew he wasn’t serious.
Palin, whose very name seems to drive liberals to the brink of insanity
was one of the first to be blamed for causing the Tucson shooting.
Supposedly her PAC poster with a crosshairs over Gifford’s district was a
contributing factor, although it’s doubtful that the shooter ever saw
the poster. Or perhaps he saw a similar poster from the Democratic left
with a similar bull’s eye over Gifford’s district.
an incredible double standard Krugman and Kanjorski and their multitude
of misguided liberal friends in Congress and the news media have. When
the President said in Philadelphia during the presidential campaign
that, “When they bring a knife, we bring a gun,” there were no calls for
civility from the left. When the President told a Hispanic crowd
before the 2010 election to “punish your enemies,” there was no outrage.
speaking of outrage, where is the outrage that Jared Loughner was not
treated, jailed, or institutionalized after knowledge that he was a
potentially violent and deranged person? Loughner bears many
similarities to the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, a very sick
young man who also had exhibited signs of violent behavior. Both
Loughner and Cho were ignored by school authorities because their hands
were tied by unrealistic laws and regulations that forbid restraining or
institutionalizing them prior to actually becoming violent. This is
the real outrage of the Tucson shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting.
Where is the discussion of how to avoid these senseless murders in the
future? Where is Mr. Krugman? Where are The Washington Post and The New York Times?
now know that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was not only living in a
world detached from reality, but from his good friend we know that he
was totally detached from politics—he didn’t listen to talk radio, he
didn’t talk politics, he was not left or right. Loughner was registered
as an Independent and did not even vote in the last election. In the
face of these facts and the President’s admonishment, the left wing
smear machine has quieted down.
where is the apology? After several days of almost unlimited attacks
and slander of good and decent conservative men and women, where’s the
apology? Where’s the apology for even suggesting that legitimate
political debate caused the shooting of the Congresswoman and 18
others? Where’s the apology for dishonestly smearing good people just
because you don’t agree with their political philosophy? Silence is not
an apology, it’s just a sign of unrepentant guilt.