Learning about the meaning of community from callers to a morning talk show in Denver, Colorado.
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We’re lucky to have these people — even Ice-T — because we have so many others, the liberal “elite,” who live in the cloisters of Manhattan or Hollywood or Congress and don’t have a clue.
Obviously, the prime example is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who called for more gun control within minutes of the news and said in an interview on CNN on Monday night that police officers across the country should go on strike (or at least threaten to) if legislators don’t enact stronger gun laws. In other words, police should refuse to protect citizens unless government makes sure citizens can’t protect themselves.
Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat whose district includes the movie theater where the murders took place, waited a full 48 hours before calling for a renewal of the assault weapons ban — even though that ban had no measurable impact on gun crime. Perlmutter received a not-so-subtle rebuke from Gov. Hickenlooper, who said the next day, “I think the discussions of do we need stricter laws should probably wait until the families have grieved, and at least until we bury the people who we lost.”
Also only two days after the massacre, actor Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame proclaimed that some on the so-called “extreme right… believe that the US government is eventually going to go street by street and enslave our citizens. Now as long as that is only happening to liberals, homosexuals and democrats [sic] - no problem. But if they try it with anyone else - it’s going to be arms-ageddon and these committed, God-fearing, brave souls will then use their military-esque arsenal to show the forces of our corrupt government whats-what.”
To be fair, not all of Alexander’s note was paranoid leftist fantasy; he was being as reasonable as he could, which is more than one can say of some other anti-gun nuts such as the leftist Amanda Marcotte who tweeted, as reported by Spectator’s Robert Stacy McCain, that “It was desegregation that caused white America to believe that the government had stopped ‘protecting’ them, and so they needed guns.”
She didn’t stop there. On her own website, Marcotte wrote “I grew up around gun nuts and can tell you that in my long experience, the number of guns in your closet directly correlated with your fondness for the N-word.”
Got that? If you support the Second Amendment, you’re a racist.
And as if Colorado hasn’t suffered enough, Jesse Jackson announced plans to visit the emotionally devastated town of Aurora on Thursday to meet with a family of one victim, discuss gun control, and — as is typical for one of the nation’s leading parasites — hold a press conference near the killer’s apartment.
FINALLY, I MUST MENTION again the incredible behavior of ABC News. Investigative reporter Brian Ross, whom my American Spectator colleague, Jed Babbin, wrote an article about nearly two years ago outing Mr. Ross as a liar, came on to ABC’s Good Morning America and implied that “a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado” who has a page on a Colorado Tea Party organization’s web site might (or might not) have been the shooter.
While ABC and Ross apologized, that misses the point. First, the blame is as much with the show’s anchor, George Stephanopoulos, as with Brian Ross, because Stephanopoulos, who introduced Ross as having “found something that might be significant” knew what Mr. Ross was going to say, that he was going to say something inflammatory and nearly libelous, on the flimsiest of evidence.
Even the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart castigated Ross and Stephanopoulos, asking “What story does a guy have to blow to get in trouble at ABC?” and why Mr. Ross did not say “I’m really f***ing sorry.” Stewart hypothesized Brian Ross’ thought process: “When I was Googling his name, I saw the phrase ‘the Tea Party’ and I thought, oh that’s a pre-existing narrative. I should get that on the TV!” As Stewart noted with his usual comic cynicism, Mr. Ross caused actual harm to an innocent man, “and this dude isn’t even grounded, doesn’t get detention?!?”
Second, this was not a rush to scoop the competition on a big story. It was a rush to blame the Tea Party — just as they initially did with the madman who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others, six of whom died, in Arizona on January 8, 2011 (here, here, and this year here) and just as Mayor Bloomberg initially did when a Muslim terrorist tried to set off a bomb in Times Square. Do you remember that one? Bloomberg told CBS News’ Katie Couric that his guess as to who was behind the failed terrorist attack was “maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.” In other words, there is no difference between a lunatic and someone who opposes Obamacare, and no likely difference in their behavior.
I’ve only touched on a few of the dozens of things to discuss and lessons to learn from the horrible events of last Thursday night. Perhaps the most important for me, however, was the remarkable power of feeling connected to people I didn’t even know — a feeling that I’m sure the left would deny that I and other non-liberals are even capable of.
Community First Foundation, a longstanding community foundation, has established the Aurora Victim Relief Fund in partnership with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. This fund will only be used to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims and their families and, as funds are available, the broad needs of those affected in the community. Community First Foundation has waived all fees for the administration of this fund.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online