I must confess, I took the night off from politics last night. I had intended to listen to the Bloviator-in-Chief prevaricate and dance around the actual state of the union in favor of some warmed over leftist rhetoric about "investing in the future" and a laundry list of new spending programs, but I somehow found more productive things to do.
Unfortunately, glancing over my dead tree newspaper this AM, I had to address some things on which I could not remain silent. The headline read:
Obama: Parents of Shooting Victims Deserve Vote
"They deserve a vote". Obama must believe it, he repeated it eight times. The parents, Gabby Giffords, The families of Newtown, The families of Aurora...deserve a vote on all of these gun control proposals.
Do you know what they deserve Mr. President? They deserve an honest president who doesn't demagogue tragedies to further a political agenda. They deserve a president honest enough to tell them that most or all of the proposals they "deserve" a vote on, would not have prevented the tragedies that you are seeking to exploit.
And listen to just how sympathetic the Demagogue-in-Chief is to their plight!
One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.
"She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss". What about victims of domestic abuse, Mr. President? Any of them "love lip gloss"? So, if a woman gets a restraining order against an abusive spouse or boyfriend, who chooses then to ignore that order, and one of your new virtually meaningless regulations prevents her from obtaining a firearm for self defense, when she is seconds away from bodily harm and death, and police are only minutes away, will you come before the nation and tell us what she deserved?
Hadiya Pendleton lived in an area with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Don't her parents deserve the truth, Mr. President? That what you are proposing is already on the books in Chicago, and failed to prevent the shooting of a little girl who loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss? That none of the proposals you say "deserve" a vote would have prevented the shootings in Aurora or Newtown? Would not have prevented the shooting of Gabby Giffords or the firemen in New York, who were shot by a weapon that illegal to own in New York, by a felon who was already prohibited by law from owning any firearms at all? Mr. President, what difference would one more gun law meant in any of these incidents? Don't those victims' families deserve to know?
At the bottom of my blog posts, there are labels or tags to help people searching for certain stories to find them. Up until today, I had never found the need for one marked "shameless", but in my five years of writing this blog, I have never seen anything so blatantly shameless as this president. Gun control fails in Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. The murder rates are higher there than in most of the country. The lowest murder rates are in states with the highest per capita gun ownership. Mr. President, the families of murder victims deserve more than your smarmy demagoguery in furthering your agenda of gun control.
But since we're talking about things that the citizens of the U S deserve, how about a budget? The Constitution requires that the Senate pass a budget every year...something they haven't done since 2009. In this shipwreck of an economy, Mr. President, don't you think the people f the U S, victims of higher inflation, higher cost of living and higher unemployment deserve a detailed plan as to how your administration would put us on the path to fiscal responsibility? It is Harry Reid and your party, Mr. President, who have forced the country into crisis after crisis by not passing the budget every year, that they are Constitutionally required to produce. And when budgets were passed by the House, Senate Democrats refused to even bring them up for a vote. Mr. President, don't you think the U S deserves to have a Senate that obeys the Constitution they have sworn to uphold?
Don't you think the people of the United States deserve a vote on a budget that effects nearly every aspect of their lives?
In four years, Senate Democrats could not produce a budget, but in a mere manner of weeks were able to draft bill after bill on gun control measures, which would not only not solve the problems, but in many cases, make some of them worse, but still allow shameless politicians to beat their chests and tell us how much they care about little girls who love Fig Newtons and lip gloss.
Two words for you and your speech, Mr. Obama: Shameless demagoguery
Transcript of 2013 SOTU
Cross posted at LCR.