“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” So said Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, and it seems every politician in America is piling on.
While the parasites of the network news outlets were still shoving microphones in the faces of grieving residents of Newtown, the politicians in Washington were already politicizing a tragedy.
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY, has jumped on the bandwagon with his share of statements. Yarmuth said he has been quiet for too long on gun control. Yes, he has. Where was his outrage when the Obama justice department failed to classify the Ft. Hood shooting as what it was, a terrorist attack by a Muslim extremist, instead of “workplace violence”. Where was his outrage when the Obama justice department purposefully allowed “assault weapons” to be sold to known Mexican drug cartels under the Fast and Furious program? Did he release statements when this resulted in the murder of an American border patrol agent, 300 Mexican men, women, and children, and now Mexican beauty pageant winner Maria Susana Flores Gamez, using Department of Justice supplied guns? Where is his outrage on the torture and brutal murder of our Libyan ambassador?
Now Rep. Yarmuth is all for stricter gun laws, facts be damned. He doesn’t care that FBI statistics show gun related violent crimes are declining, while gun ownership is up. Does he really think some nut case intent on committing a violent crime is going to have second thoughts because they will be breaking a gun law?
Rep. Yarmuth is doing what career politicians do best, seizing an emotional moment to run off at the mouth and pass onerous legislation affecting only law abiding citizens. Yarmuth said in his statement, “…And while no specific gun regulation may have prevented the deaths of the 20 Sandy Hook Elementary children, 6 and 7-year-old children, the answer simply cannot be a gun in every elementary school lunchbox.”
Really? Has anyone advocated arming 6 and 7-year-olds, giving them guns to carry in their lunch boxes? Rep. Yarmuth and many others who govern by knee jerk reaction admit that the very gun control law they want to pass would not have stopped the shootings in Newtown, or Aurora, or Ft. Hood.
Meanwhile Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, is out negotiating with himself on trying to stop us from going over the fiscal cliff, President Obama is packing for his next vacation, and Sen. Harry Reid, the top dog in the Senate, has yet to bring up a budget vote for the last four years and blames Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, for obstructing everything.
Here’s a novel idea for politicians–do your job! Pass a budget, get our debt under control, and get off our backs. Morality can no more be legislated than a politician can pass up a television camera. There is an old saying– you’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution. It seems Washington is bent on trampling over the solution to become a bigger part of the problem.-Robert New