Obama in Tucson: Shame, Hypocrisy and Deceit - by Stephen Lendman
Like all politicians, Obama shills for power, plays to the crowd, and hides ugly truths the public has a right to know. His Tucson remarks were no different, displaying intellectual bankruptcy by invoking scripture, heroism, and patriotism, while avoiding what most needed saying - the real cause of January 8th's violence. A previous article discussed it, accessed through the following link:
America's longstanding culture of violence deserves blame. A deranged gunman is merely systematic of a society off the rails, malignant from imperial wars, extremist politicians, demagogic media hosts and pundits, the proliferation of guns, a faux democracy, and deep-seated lawlessness and corruption too far gone to fix.
Not on January 12 for Wall Street Journal editorial writers headlining, "Consolation in Tucson," saying:
"President Obama rose to the occasion yesterday evening at the memorial ceremony for the victims of Saturday's murders in Tucson, not least because he spoke to the better angels of our democracy. To an audience seeking consolation, the President honored the lives of the slain, praised the heroism of those who saved lives....and wisely explained that some acts of violence are not subject to easy blame, much less partisan explanation."
Tucson's violence is easily explained, but Journal writers ducked it, opting instead for false reasons and praising presidential deception, their usual journalistic methodology.
A same day New York Times editorial was no better, headlined, "As We Mourn," saying:
"It is a president's responsibility to salve a national wound. President Obama did that on Wednesday evening at the memorial service in Tucson....It was one of his most powerful and uplifting speeches. (He) called on ideological campaigners to stop vilifying their opponents....He rightly focused primarily on the lives of those who died and the heroism of those who tried to stop the shooter and save the victims. He urged prayers for the 14 wounded....(His) role....was to comfort and honor, and instill hope."
Wrong! His obligation was to level with the public, explain ugly truths, and air America's dirty linen in plain sight. He failed on all counts as he has throughout his presidency. He betrayed his constituents who deserve better, never got it, and won't over what many hope will be his final two years, leaving office shamed, disgraced, and with any justice indicted and prosecuted for grievous war crimes, besides what he's done to working Americans, leaving millions impoverished and abandoned.
A two-part year two assessment (with links to a one year one) examined the mass misery he's inflicted globally, accessed through the following links:
They're tough reading but true, what major media reports won't explain, nor do they ever. Mainstream editorial deception provides clear evidence.
So did numerous commentaries, including Nation magazine writer John Nichols in his January 13 article headlined, "Don't Tone It Down, Tone It Up: Make Debate 'Worthy of Those We Have Lost," calling Obama's speech "remarkable," then adding:
"We are a better nation when we are undimmed by cynicism and vitriol. And for a few minutes on Wednesday night, we dared with our president to answer cynicism with idealism, to answer tragedy with hope, to answer division as one nation, indivisible."