Monthly Archives: December 2012

An Armed Camp: The White House

US President Barack Obama departs by Marine One helicopter at the South Lawn of the White House
I watched a couple of the Sunday talk shows which were almost exclusively devoted to the tarring and feathering of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Among liberals, apparently, the NRA is even more contemptible than Al Qaeda and spokesman Wayne Lapierre even more odious than, say, Jerry Sandusky or Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attack. After all KSM gets a few points for not being your typical white guy, the group from which, according to liberals, all evil springs.

Unlike al Qaeda, the NRA is the organizational embodiment of angry white maleness as Maureen Dowd might put it.

The two Grand Inquisitors yesterday were Meet the Press’s David Gregory and Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer. The latter seemed to be having a stroke during his interrogation of NRA president David Keene. His blood-shot eyes welled up and his hands trembled. Both Gregory and Schieffer could not contain their palpable contempt for the NRA and its leaders.

Contempt aside, I did learn two new things from the interrogations: The National Education Association rejects the idea of armed security guards in schools (turning schools into “armed camps”) and the Washington studios of NBC does not have an armed security detail.

As to the first assertion, I doubt that any five year old would be traumatized by the presence of an armed security guard (or even two) at their school. And I must say that I do not believe that the NBC studios are “gun-free zones.”

What I suspect is that David Gregory urged the armed guys (and gals) at the front desk to take a coffee break when NRA vice president Lapierre entered the building. I know my suspicions relegate me to the netherworld occupied by conspiracy minded birthers and truthers, but given that NBC News’s on air personalities are among the most annoying people in the national media, I cannot believe that they would not demand and be provided with armed security.

There must be millions of sane, law abiding citizens who cannot help but lose it at the sight and sound of, for example, Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow. Even Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell have been known to cause seizures in otherwise healthy adults.

I happened to be in Washington D.C. earlier in the day yesterday. Upon entering the front door of the National Gallery, the first persons I encountered were large, polite security guards who demanded to inspect bags while armed with what looked to me like semi-automatic pistols (I didn’t ask about the “capacity” of their ammunition magazines). They were stationed there presumably to protect the many masterpieces and art fans therein. And I encountered another armed guard at a smaller art gallery with few if any “priceless” masterpieces and a small number of patrons. I am sure that none of the Obama voters enjoying the art were the least bit offended by the presence of burly guards packing heat; in fact, they may have even, like me, been more than happy that the armed guards were there.

Speaking of armed camps, I then strolled over to the White House where there were more guards than tourists. One fellow caught my eye, for he was strolling the White House lawn behind the gates dressed in a full swat team outfit, and he was conspicuously brandishing a genuine “assault rifle,” that is, a fully automatic weapon which can be legally possessed only by military and police personnel.

The prominent display of deadly force was clearly meant to deter any “bad guy or guys” from even thinking about committing a violent act anywhere near the president’s home and office. And the Obamas were at that moment enjoying the beaches of Hawaii thousands of miles away…surrounded by lots of armed security folks, I presume.

But back to the talk shows. The question on every liberal’s lips was: Why would any sane, law abiding person want or need an “assault rifle” with large capacity ammo clips? The answer is quite simple: to protect yourself (and possibly others) from an insane criminal coming at you with just such a weapon.

Playing The Dog Whistle

Thus Spake Obama
Did you see Obama’s news conference yesterday? If not, you missed an extraordinary performance – Obama doing what he does best: imputing malevolent motives to those who disagree with him.

The ostensible purpose of the “presser” was to announce the appointment of Crazy Joe Biden to lead a commission that will quickly, we are told, get to the bottom of the Connecticut atrocity. (An unstated purpose was to deflect attention from the just released internal State Department report on the Benghazi fiasco which predictably found that “mistakes were made,” but not made by any identifiable human beings named Barack or Hillary.)

After Crazy Joe left the stage, Obama took questions which revealed the real purpose of the news conference – to flay the Republicans for not completely surrendering to his demands for higher taxes and more spending in return for vague promises to “cut” spending at some far, distant point in the way, way-off future when everyone now alive will be long dead.

But the jaw-dropping part was when Reverend Obama drew a moral equivalence between the Republicans’ oh-so-slight resistance to his fiscal cliff demands and the Sandy Hook shootings:

After what we’ve gone through over the past several months, a devastating hurricane and now one of the worse tragedies in our memory, the country deserves folks to be willing to compromise for the greater good…

Am I going too far in thinking that before this is over, Obama and the whack jobs at MSNBC will be accusing the Republicans of complicity in the murder of women and children in Connecticut? It isn’t like he hasn’t gone there before; remember Mitt Romney, the murderer of the laid off steel worker’s wife?

Memo to David Axelrod: The murderer lived in a million plus dollar house which means his family is a part of the upper 2% who have not as yet paid their fair share. And doesn’t his father have a big job at General Electric? Bad luck there since the CEO of GE is a big Obama supporter and chairman of the president’s outside panel of economic advisers. And wasn’t there some controversy over GE’s failure to pay their fair share? Never mind.

Bottom line: Forget the GE part and go with the “if the rich paid more taxes, they wouldn’t have the disposable income to spend on such frippery as assault rifles” angle.

But I digress. In addition to the invocation of mass murder in the context of the fiscal cliff debate, Obama also, to my ear, played the race card yesterday, or as the wacky MSNBC guys and gals would say, “blew the dog whistle” by suggesting
that GOP legislators are having less difficulty saying “yes” to his fiscal cliff plan than saying “yes” to him.

So it’s not his plan to continue to tax and spend even more than we do now that bothers the Republicans. No, Obama vigorously implies, it’s that these white racists cannot abide caving in to a black man.

So there you have it: The Republicans, by refusing to abjectly surrender to Obama’s tax and spending demands are, for now at least, insensitive to the Newtown victims and all decent Americans who mourn their loss. And they’re racists to boot.

For Obama, it’s all in a good day’s work.