It Won’t Be Pretty!

By: Patti Bankson

Just last January President Obama called for an end to political finger-pointing, urging Americans not to use the tragic shooting in Arizona to turn on one another. He told people at the University of Arizona, and millions of television viewers, that it was time to “pause for a moment, and to make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” He continued, “Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding.” The reality, he said, is that “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. Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.”

I’d like to suggest that he might want to do a little guarding of his own… against a short memory. Or, maybe he just needs to guard against contradicting himself in future speeches. On more than one occasion since January, he has done some pretty heavy duty finger-pointing of his own, blaming George Bush, Republicans, the Tea Party, and so on. Forgetting, once more, that he’s supposed to be president of the whole United States… Democrats AND Republicans, Union members AND non-union members… as he made clear in his Labor Day / Campaign speech when he questioned whether there are any “straight-shooters” in Congress, and whether Republicans will put “country before party”. Excuse me?

How did we get to the place where the Liberal/Progressive ideology is the only truth… the only ideas that are right, and good for America and Americans… where the Democrats are the only “straight-shooters”… where Republicans are the only people in Congress who are inseparable from their ideology, and the only ones who put party before country??? How did we get to the place where people who are against killing babies and against borrowing our present and future generations into oblivion are THE BAD GUYS?? Maybe the answers lie in the tacit approval he gave on Labor Day to James Hoffa’s hate-filled, threat/promise to “take ‘them’ out”… his silent approval of Hoffa’s idea that an army of union thugs standing ready to not only support him, but to take out those who oppose him, is a good thing.

However we got here, we’d better be praying that the people who put this train-wreck-working-hard-to-happen into office will wake up and not make the same mistake in the next election. I can’t even begin to imagine what our country would look like after four more years of this insanity, but I can pretty much guarantee that it won’t be pretty.

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