Tuesday, December 01, 2015

"Republican" Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

There have been weaker and worse responses to the apparent terrorist act of last Friday in Colorado Springs than that of Mike Huckabee. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, he conceded "there's no excuse for killing other people." Of course, he then went on to compare Robert Lewis Dear and Planned Parenthood, even suggesting the latter is worse: "whether it's happening inside the Planned Parent headquarters, inside their clinics, where many millions of babies die,or whether it's people attacking Planned Parenthood."

See what the Slick Man of Hope did there? "Many millions of babies die" at Planned Parenthood compared to various unnamed people who are merely attacking Planned Parenthood.

More significantly, however, the former governor went on to maintain "I know of nobody who has ever suggested that Planned Parenthood be the target of some type of violent attack."

That technically is true, in the same way another slick guy from Hope once was asked by Jim Lehrer "You had no sexual relationship with this young woman?" (i.e., Monica Lewinsky) and the President responded "There is not a sexual relationship- that is accurate."

The sexual relationship had occurred- it was not occurring, in much the same way that nobody has said "go out and start shooting people at a Planned Parenthood clinic." A critic could argue that one or more Republicans has suggested such an action, given that Merriam-Webster gives as one definition of suggest as "to mention or imply as a possibility." Yet, that is not the main definition, so we give Huckabee the benefit of the doubt.

Nevertheless, one GOP candidate, at least, came awfully close to advocating a murderous attack upon Planned Parenthood.  At the September 16, 2015 debate hosted by CNN, Carly Fiorina declared (video below)

As regards to Planned parenthood, anyone who has watched this vdeo tape,I dare Hillary Clnton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. To watch a fully formed fetus on the table. Its heart beating. Its legs kicking while someone says "We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."

We're still waiting to see that video tape Fiorina swore exists, but seems not to.  We're waiting, also, to hear anyone say "we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain"  and are anxious to see the fetus with its heart beating and leg kicking (questioned by Chris Wallace, below). But never mind.  A presidential candidate and former CEO accuses Planned Parenthood of putting a fully formed fetus, with its heart beating and legs kicking, on a table to "keep it alive to harvest its brain,"   Then in a remarkable suspension of thought, she labels any linkage of incendiary remarks and violent behavior "typical left-wing politics."

And have I mentioned how loathsome Carly Fiorina is?

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

And Sometimes, Pro-Death

It seems so long ago- but was only late last month- that during a GOP presidential debate (making the same claim on Face the Nation, below)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed President Barack Obama for allegedly failing to support police officers.

“The president's appointed FBI director has said this week that, because of a lack of support from politicians like the president of the United States, that police officers are afraid to get out of their cars and enforce the law,” Christie said....

“When the president gets up to speak about it, does he support police officers? Does he stand up for law enforcement? No, he doesn't,” Christie continued. “I'll tell you this: the number one job of the president of the United States is to protect the safety and security of the American people. This president has failed. And when I'm in the Oval Office, police officers will know they have the support of the president of the United States. That is real moral authority we need in the office.”

Approximately eight weeks earlier

“Cops across this country are feeling the assault,” Cruz said Tuesday after a presidential campaign event in Milford, New Hampshire.

“They’re feeling the assault from the president,” the senator continued. “From the top on down, as we see — whether it’s in Ferguson or Baltimore — the response of senior officials of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all.”

The presidential candidate made the remarks after he was asked about the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot 15 times at close range Friday night at a gas station near Houston — Cruz’s hometown.

Cruz complained about Obama’s “silence” on the 47-year-old deputy’s slaying, saying the president was “completely wrong” and displayed the “manifestation of the divisiveness, the partisanship and of the hostility to law enforcement that has characterized the entire Obama administration.”

If that was hostility toward law enforcement, consider how hostile the anti-abortion Robert Lewis Dear was when he apparently murdered police officer Garrett Swasey Friday in Colorado Springs. That is some serious hostility but the pro-life Cruz, responding to the death of the officer and two employees of Planned Parenthood, was able merely to tweet "Praying for the loved ones of those killed, those injured & first responders who bravely got the situation under control in Colorado Springs." Carefully chosen words, they can be trotted out following the next deadly tornado, earthquake, train crash, or mass shooting.

They are, however, more than the straight-talkin', swashbuckling Chris Christie has been able to utter since the crime.   With no evidence, in October he accused the President of encouraging violence against police officers because Obama refuses to asume police officers are infallible.  Rarely at a loss for words or reluctant to pose as a defender of law enforcement, Christie has turned silent about the killing spree at Planned Parenthood.

More Republican candidates should speak out forcefully against the murderous rampage in Colorado, if only to pretend they really are pro-life or appalled by terrorism, whatever its source. On second thught- why pretend? With little likelihood non-Muslim Dear will be recognized by the media as a terrorist, they may as well continue to check at the door what little compassion they have.

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Not A Church, A Store, A Bank, A Post Office, Or A Private Home

In what is yet another mass shooting in America and probably an act of terrorism

What moved a man to kill three people and wound nine others at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado has not been disclosed. But the suspect accused of carrying out the shooting spree, Robert Lewis Dear, made remarks about "baby parts" to investigators after his surrender, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Dear, 57, told them he has anti-abortion and anti-government views, but that doesn't mean those opinions were his motive for allegedly shooting up the Colorado Springs clinic on Friday, the official said. It's too early to tell, as investigators are still processing evidence.

A white, rural male shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic while referring to "baby parts." If instead, an individual identified as a non-Christian (Jew, Muslim, or whatever) burst into a Christian church and yelled "Jesus is dead" or "the fraud, Jesus Christ" and killed two congregants and a police officer rushing to the scene.

The conscience, as it should be, would be shocked. (And if the assailant were Muslim, there would be calls for retribution.)  Not only would there be only two GOP candidates thus far moved to make even the most vanilla statement of regret, there would be no question as to at least a portion of the individual's motive. Additionally, there would be far less tendency to assign the blame to "mental health," as there inevitably will be in this instance.

We await more details. But theexistence of a connection between the dreadful act in Colorado Springs and the assault on Planned Parenthood, though it will be denied, is unassailable.

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