LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2013 — During yesterday’s press conference, an angry President Obama lashed out at Republicans and the gun lobby after Senators voted down gun control legislation sponsored by West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.
While Obama vowed to keep fighting, the vote was a stinging rebuke, showing how unpopular gun control legislation is in Congress. And it was an obviously angry Obama, denouncing the vote at the press conference following the vote.
His remarks and their timing are telling.
Obama had American good will on his side after he won reelection. He quickly squandered that with a hyper-partisan 2013 Inauguration speech.
He had good will on his side after Newtown. He quickly squandered that with hyper-partisan gun control proposals he falsely described as “balanced” and “reasonable.”
He demanded a politically toxic assault weapons ban while not holding society accountable for glorifying violence or health care for ignoring mental health as there were no proposals to forcibly commit mentally unstable individuals, but law abiding gun owners were subjected to new potential regulations.
He has the good will of American on his side after the horrific Boston Marathon bombings. As with President George W. Bush after 9/11, Americans rally around the President in times of tragedy.
Obama keeps squandering America’s good will. He could have delayed the gun control vote and focused on being the tough Commander-in-Chief. Following his statements regarding the Boston Marathon terrorists, their numbered days and America’s just response, he should have spoken about nothing else.
Instead, he again surrendered to his liberal ideology and personal antagonistic nature to demand action on the most politically unpalatable item.
He demanded a gun control vote, insisting the families were “entitled” to an up or down vote. They were not. The legislative process does not get adjusted just because our hearts break for sympathetic figures.
So Obama got his vote. He lost. 54 Senators voted for the bill, short of the 60 needed to end debate. 46 Senators voted no.
Liberals can blame the filibuster, but attacking the rules after every loss is sour grapes. Obama could have accepted defeat with the grace and class his predecessor did regarding Social Security privatization:
“A majority of senators voted ‘yes’ to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.”
There was no distortion. He lost according to rules built into the Constitution specifically to prevent Chief Executives from rolling legislatures. Only hubris causes a man to demand votes before counting the numbers.
“As they said, nobody could honestly claim that the package they (Toomey and Manchin) put together infringed on our Second Amendment rights.”
People honestly could and did.
“But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill.”
Look in the mirror, Mr. President. My conscience is clean for opposing the bill.
“I have consistently said that there are regional differences when it comes to guns, and that both sides have to listen to each other.”
Mr. President, please listen to people disagreeing with you. Stop demonizing them.
“There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this.”
The bill was bad policy. That is the best reason to oppose it. It combined meaningless symbolic gestures with unintended consequences that would have made things worse. From Obamacare to Dodd-Frank, Americans have seen this movie before.
“Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?”
They get an equal, not greater, say. Emotion drives liberalism but is irrelevant to the debate. Those who disagree have their say, and on this day their view carried the day.
That includes Newtown families against gun control that the President has pitted against the rest of America.
“Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But they’re better organized. They’re better financed.”
This said as a negative thing by the lifelong community organizer with the most organized, wealthiest political operation in history, one now continuing the liberal perpetual campaign with “Organizing For Action.”
“Everybody talked about we needed change something after Tucson.”
No. Everybody did not. Liberals did. Conservatives said “slow down.”
President Obama refuses to listen as he sees his side as noble and virtuous and dissenters as the evil “gun lobby.”
One fact ignored is that the evil gun lobby represents citizens. People do not have to choose between mourning dead children and defending the Second Amendment just because Obama odiously declares these the only two options. His declaring straw man false choices as the only options do not make them so.
President Obama insists that 90% of everybody agrees with him, yet he cannot build a 60% Senate coalition. The hue and cry is that he is pure and “for the people” while policy opponents are cynical individuals “playing politics.”
The President wants us all to “come together,” while he holds intransigent positions. He does not give the noble opposition respect.
Our President shows that he wins and loses ugly. He spikes the football in opponents’ faces after victories and lashes them after defeats.
On this issue, he is wrong, and “the people” loudly told him so. His refusal to accept this, understand why and look introspectively is his problem, not ours.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist, and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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