Today’s Guest Saturday post is by Pat Slattery of The Free Market Project blog. In this essay, Pat questions just who is doing the politicizing. The essay was originally published on January 19, 2013.
Politicizer In Chief Accuses Others Of Making Things About Politics
I accidentally caught literally ten seconds of Obama’s radio address this morning. I say “accidentally” because I can barely stand when I hear his voice… I am sick of his cadence (always the same), and I’m disgusted by the fact that I always hear either something that is not true, or that is divisive, or both.
This ten seconds was him accusing Republicans of “playing politics” with something, I think in this context it was the gun issue. So here is a guy who parades little kids onto a stage with him to talk about gun control, has convened a panel of people to make recommendations in response to a terrible, emotional, tragedy, who is ignoring all of the statistical evidence (and outright lying about some of it if it suits his narrative*), and who has proposed “solutions” that have about as much chance of making a difference as if the answer was to wish three times on a shooting star. Further, he is literally going to use his campaign apparatus to promote this non-solution solution to the public. He’s campaigning on it, even though there’s nothing for him to run for anymore, other than the utter demonization and rejection by the public of Republicans.
But, it’s Republicans that are “politicizing” it by pointing out that what we have is another “comprehensive plan” (isn’t it always “comprehensive”?) that won’t do a damned thing to stop crazy people from shooting (or killing somehow) other people. The guy makes me sick.
*He’s fond of quoting the figure of 40% of guns being sold without a background check, which is a statistic from a 20 year old study that was taken before mandatory background checks were even instituted. Here’s the article: http://www.humanevents.com/2013/01/17/the-40-percent-unchecked-gun-lie/