It Wonâ€™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 â€œpause for a moment, and to make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.â€ He continued, â€œScripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding.â€ The reality, he said, is that â€œnone 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 manâ€™s mind. Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.â€
Iâ€™d like to suggest that he might want to do a little guarding of his ownâ€¦ 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 heâ€™s supposed to be president of the whole United Statesâ€¦ Democrats AND Republicans, Union members AND non-union membersâ€¦ as he made clear in his Labor Day / Campaign speech when he questioned whether there are any â€œstraight-shootersâ€ in Congress, and whether Republicans will put â€œcountry before partyâ€. Excuse me?
How did we get to the place where the Liberal/Progressive ideology is the only truthâ€¦ the only ideas that are right, and good for America and Americansâ€¦ where the Democrats are the only â€œstraight-shootersâ€â€¦ 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 Hoffaâ€™s hate-filled, threat/promise to â€œtake â€˜themâ€™ outâ€â€¦ his silent approval of Hoffaâ€™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, weâ€™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 canâ€™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 wonâ€™t be pretty.
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