Also, a note to Nina Easton
Many of us are parents ourselves, and most of us are raised by at least one of our parents, be they biological or not. We don’t need a “Parent-in-chief,” and in fact the very idea speaks to the infantilization of a nation grown more and more dependent on big government.
When we elect a president we are electing an executive officeholder. Not Oprah fucking Winfrey.
Unless we get back to separating out the two we’re going to continue down the road to compassionate despotism — wherein a compassionate despot, a national Daddy or Mommy, will tell the nation “we can’t wait” and begin taking matters into his or her own hands to “fix” our nation’s boo-boos. As s/he defines them. For political purposes.
And s/he will be hailed as a brave “adult” for doing so — and not just by the leftist media.
To be clear, I have no problem with a President galvanizing a wounded nation. But that’s not what Obama does, because that’s not who he is. Obama has and always will pick his spots based on political expediency — and just as he tried capitalizing on the Gabby Giffords shooting (remember when the left and the media were busy blaming Sarah Palin for that shooting?) by trying to blunt political speech and TEA Party activism, he is, I’m convinced, using the opportunity of this horrific massacre to begin pressuring legislators to find ways to blunt another natural right, this time the right to self-defense.
Because let me remind you of this: Obama famously defended medical infanticide. And talked about not having his own daughters “punished” with children at an early age.
So you’ll forgive me if his sudden interest in the children causes me to throw up a little in my mouth.