When Congresswoman Giffords was shot by a crazed left winger Obama made a speech where he said we had to be civil. We owed it to the victims. Obama’s words basically said that tough talk was responsible for violence. The left went nuts and blamed Sarah Palin and others because of things like maps with bull’s eyes on them. Obama made metaphors and violence a cause and effect issue.
At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do,” the President said at the time, “it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost,” Obama said. “Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle. 630 WMAL
When the left was trying to pin this on tough talk from the right Obama was the speech police. Reminding us to be civil and to have debate that is worthy of those who were lost.
Now, of course, Obama is not the speech police. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that Obama will not be drawn into a “gotcha game” over comments made by Teamster’s President Jimmy Hoffa. Of course, Obama did not weight in on the uncivil talk of Maxine Waters, Andre Carson and Joe Biden, all of whom were extremely uncivil.
The left claims that this is just talk and Hoffa was only talking about voting people out. Does that matter? Palin’s map with the bull’s eyes was only a map to show targeted districts where people needed to VOTE a person out of office. That fact, that Palin’s map was about votes, did not stop the left from trying to pin the violence on her. To top it off, she used a map that was invented by a Democrat.
So, just to be clear, Obama is not the speech police except when he is. To make it easier, he polices speech when it comes from the right (or more accurately, when he can blame something on the right) and does not police speech when it comes from the left.
Keep in mind, the subject or context of the speech is not an important issue. The left has continually ignored the intent or context of right wing speech and TEA Party signs in order to point fingers. The issue, according to their standards, is speech that is uncivil could incite violence.
And it looks like the Hoffa speech incited some union violence. Longshoremen took guards hostage and committed acts of violence but were not charged. These guys even threatened police officers with bats. A few well placed shots would have taken care of this but again, NO charges were filed.
Hoffa incited that violence. But he does not have to worry, Obama will not be the speech police (of the left).
Never surrender, never submit.