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Unilateral Disarmament Is For Suckers: Don’t Be Fooled By Calls For “Civility”

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Posted on January 13 2011 10:00 am
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.

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Wednesday night, President Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims of Jared Lee Lougher’s rampage in Tuscon, Arizona. On the surface, his speech was fairly bland, and thankfully, mostly free of political grandstanding.

Left behind in Air Force One’s carry-on rack was the Obama who gave us such peaceful, calm rhetoric as “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” calling Republicans “hostage-takers,” and exhorting them to “sit in the back.”

To the cheers of thousands of starstruck University of Arizona students, who apparently did not get the memo that they were attending a memorial service for people who died in a senseless attack—as opposed to catching a basketball game after pre-gaming with their frat buddies at Omega Digamma Alpha—President Obama, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet “Report It If It’s Suspicious” Napolitano, and Attorney General Eric “Nation of Cowards” Holder each gave speeches in honor of the fallen, and in support of the recovering survivors, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

Surprisingly, Obama did not wring his hands about crosshairs or political metaphors. He exhorted us not to “use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another,” calling for all Americans to “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Of course, conservatives have been saying this for the past few days, that the professional Left’s response to the Tuscon Massacre was political in nature, and that we shouldn’t be “pointing fingers” at each other.

For days, Democratic Party strategists were calling for Obama to use the murders in Arizona as a political bludgeon against conservatives. Paul Krugman deviated from his usual atavistic chanting of “John Maynard Keynes… John Maynard Keynes…” to blame the “the crowds at the McCain-Palin rallies”—and indeed, Sarah Palin herself—for pulling the trigger of Loughner’s gun that fateful Friday afternoon.

Mind you, he must have written this affront to decency mere moments after the bodies in Tuscon hit the ground, as his column was published Friday afternoon. And it’s conservatives who are the ones who are being uncivil.

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