So, Rush Limbaugh took President Obama to task for politicizing the recent massacre in Roseburg, Oregon.
…the people who spearhead things like this, like Obama, and whenever there are elected Democrats, they run out there at the first sign of trouble and try to politicize it in capitalize on it. That’s the right word. Why would anybody want to capitalize on it? Who does? You need to ask yourself who is it trying to capitalize on it? I can guarantee you the vast majority of them will have a D– a capital D next to their name if they are on the ballot.
Why are they politicizing this? Why did Obama jump out in front of a camera instantly, if not to shape the conversation? By attacking the NRA and Congressional Republicans he was trying to exculpate all of those who commit gun violence in the country. Like, in Chicago, IL where they have very strict gun control laws.
It’s about shifting the blame, but especially about shifting it away from the criminals who are committing the crimes. If most of the criminals who commit the crimes belong to one particular group, the purpose of the blame-shifting must be to exculpate them, even to save their reputation.
And yet, by not holding them responsible for their actions and for saying that their actions merely expose the guilt of others, the President is giving them license to do what they have been doing. He is making their crimes into political gestures, actions that he can use to advance his political agenda.
It’s about who is going to take the blame. Is the NRA responsible for committing the gun crimes in America? Are Republican congressmen guilty of pulling the triggers in Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore? If not them, who?
While we are at it, we should allocate a portion of blame to the civil libertarians who have wanted to make it nearly impossible to commit psychotics to psychiatric hospitals involuntarily. We suspect that the Roseburg shooter had serious psychiatric problems. Everyone who knew him thought so. And yet, he needed far more treatment than could have been given with his or his mother’s acceptance.
One suspects that those who oppose involuntary commitment did not want to produce murder and mayhem across the country… from Aurora, CO to Sandy Hook, CT to Tucson, AZ. Yet, when you promote a policy you are responsible for the consequences, whether or not you expected them.
By blaming it all on guns and the NRA, Obama is also telling policymakers that they bear no responsibility for the consequences of their policy proposals. In this regard, looking at the state of the Middle East, he must have been addressing himself.
Finally, Limbaugh made an even more salient point:
Obama embarrassed for his country? Wants more gun control? The guy just cleared the decks for Iran to get a freaking nuclear weapon and he’s embarrassed of this country?
While he is leading a war against the NRA and Congressional Republicans, Obama is funneling money to Iran, the better to allow it to buy more, better guns. And he is allowing Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
Obama is the one who should be embarrassed, but how do you embarrass someone whose default mode is: shameless demagogue.