President Obama’s Speech; First Lady Obama’s “Lessons”
The other day, I posted on Sarah Palin’s video regarding last week’s tragedy in Tuscon. I had said at the end that I hoped President Obama would keep politics out of his speech. To be fair, I think he did that; metaphorically speaking, I believe he made it a point to spank the Left, his support, for their completely outrageous behavior (Byron York somewhat disagrees, and he makes some interesting points). Ironically, the Left made it a point to ignore what Obama said and continue with their rampage, as Krugman did the other day, along with one of Loughner’s victims.
Even more ironically, First Lady Michelle Obama decided to wade into the muck and mire, although I’m not sure she is actually teaching anyone anything.
She starts out fine, but somewhere along the way, she veers off:
We can teach them the value of tolerance – the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us. We can teach them to give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly those with whom they disagree.
Except to the Left, the U.S. is a tolerant nation already. So what the First Lady is talking about is the Left’s political concept of tolerance, the celebration of superficiality over substance (it’s the same with what the Left calls “diversity”). And where did she pull this from? Who knows. Not from the shooting. It’s possible she is chastising the Left for what has occurred since then, just as I believe her husband did in his speech. However, Mrs. Obama doesn’t have the track record to show this to be likely.
Next [emphasis mine]:
We can also teach our children about the tremendous sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country and by their families. We can explain to them that although we might not always agree with those who represent us, anyone who enters public life does so because they love their country and want to serve it.
I somewhat agree with the highlighted sentence on its own; but again, what does this have to do in context with the shooting in Tuscon? Just about every American knows that murder, of anyone, not only those who represent us, is not only a crime but a sin, so they don’t do it. This has been the case since the founding of the country, long before the Obamas entered the political arena. The First Lady followed the above paragraph with one about Christina Green, the 9-year old girl who was killed during Loughner’s rampage. She could have left out the highlighted sentence and still gotten a point across, although maybe it would be different from the one she intended (which isn’t a valid point).
Let me end with what Clarice Feldman believes are the real lessons:
If her [Michelle Obama's] children — or yours, for that matter — ask about what she calls “these issues”, tell them the truth: There are some seriously disturbed people in this world who unfortunately sometimes cause mayhem. Some, perhaps many, could benefit from medical treatment. They are unlikely to seek it themselves, but there are laws to get them examined to see if they need treatment and some people in Tucson, including apparently Sheriff Dupnik, unfortunately failed in their obligations to do that.