EDITOR’S NOTE: I spent a considerable amount of time this past weekend putting this series of posts together for release beginning Tuesday. However, due to the tragic bombings in Boston Monday afternoon, I made the decision to hold off on the posts because it seemed inappropriate to point out how the left uses death to drive policy decisions during a national tragedy. However, that changed yesterday during the President’s and Vice President’s response to the gun control legislation that was narrowly struck down on the Senate floor.
Vice President Biden: “The United States Senate let down an awful lot of people today, including those Newtown families. I don’t know how anybody who looked them in the eye could have vote the way they did today.”
President Obama, who was introduced by the father of a seven-year-old killed in the shooting: “I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. A prop, somebody called them. Emotional blackmail, some outlets said. Are they serious? Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their — their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?” (The full statement from the President is worth its own analysis as it reveals quite a bit about how the President operates and how he views our system of government.)
As I note in the series, this administration is not the first, nor will it be the last to prop up an argument for policy change with death. My point is that they’re obsessed with death – except in the case of abortion where apparently they refuse to make any statement even regarding the horrors surrounding the Gosnell trial. It’s this duplicity that one begins to wonder if death really is the issue at all. Or is it really just about the progressive policies.
– Art Wilson
In the Beginning…..
The Obama administration and progressive left is obsessed with death and there’s not a body count in the country that’s high enough or too personal when it comes to making their argument. If you can’t win an argument on common sense and the constitution, drag out the dead and call it common sense solutions. The tendency for the Obama administration to play the death card to make an argument was probably first noticed prior to there even being an Obama administration. An excerpt from then Senator Barack Obama’s Oct. 7, 2008 appearance with “Republican” rival John McCain in Nashville, Tennessee:
“In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can’t pay their medical bills — for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”
And again during the debate leading up the passage of the 2010 affordable healthcare act:
“I will never forget my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final months, having to worry about whether her insurance would refuse to pay for her treatment. And by the way, this was because the insurance company was arguing that somehow she should have known that she had cancer when she took her new job, even though it hadn’t been diagnosed yet.”
Who wouldn’t be sympathetic about a President’s mother dying of cancer, fighting with her evil insurance company trying to get the bills paid? Something’s got to be done about this system right? Except for one thing. It was a lie. It was a lie that the President and Vice President were more than happy to continue perpetrating until the healthcare agenda became official. At that point you had to wonder what an administration and its party would be willing to do to push their agenda if the leader of that party is willing to mislead the public about his dead mother. Apparently anything, as long as it involves dead bodies.
Death sells. Dead people make a compelling argument. If you’re backed into a corner and can’t sell an idea based on its own merits, drag out the dead. In today’s media driven culture, emotion trumps real thought virtually every time. We have a generation or more of people that have been asked all of their lives, “How does that make you feel?” And we’ve convinced that same generation that they shouldn’t ever have to feel bad. Death makes people feel bad so they rally around it. They’re counting on the government to fix it for them. And boy doesn’t the left understand this. Let’s look at a few recent examples of how the left is counting on the dead to push their agenda – especially in light of the assault on the Second Amendment.
The “Personal Death”: Harry Reid Cites Father’s Suicide in Gun Control Plea – 4/9/2013
Much like the President did regarding his mother during the healthcare debate; Harry Reid has no issue bringing up the tragic death of his father, in 1972, in order to push an agenda that is completely antithetical to the Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights. This was the statement from the floor of the Senate calling for the Republicans to drop their promises of a filibuster:
“In Nevada, if you purchase a handgun you have to wait three days to pick it up. And it’s believed, that alone has saved the lives of many people. Sometimes people in a fit of passion will purchase a handgun to do bad things with it, Mr. President, even as my dad did, killed himself. Waiting a few days helps.”
I don’t know all of the facts surrounding the death of Harry Reid’s father but his statement would indicate that his father, in a fit of passion, went down to a gun store, bought a gun and killed himself. If only there had been a 72 hour waiting period in Nevada 41 years ago as there is today, his dad would have lived much longer. Except that Senator Reid is, by his own words and not his actions, a gun man. He and his three brothers grew up around guns. So even if his father had committed suicide as Senator Reid indicates, I doubt very seriously a 72 hour waiting period would have made any difference. Then again, this is a man who’s already proven he will lie to push an agenda – just ask Romney’s tax accountant. But then, who’s going to argue with such a personal tragedy?
It might be worth noting that Michael Moore appeared on Piers Morgan March 19, 2013 to make the point that if a gunman had killed Harry Reid’s grandkids, he wouldn’t be so quick to drop the assault weapons ban. The death argument doesn’t get much more personal than that.