Thursday, January 17, 2013


Michelle Malkin has noticed a pattern:

The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders on Wednesday. Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take, President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. This is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging — a feckless attempt to invoke “For the Children” immunity by hiding behind them.

What has happened to the deliberative process in this country? Public debate in Washington has deteriorated into Sesame Street sing-a-longs. We are already inundated with logical fallacies: argumentum ad populum (it’s popular, therefore it’s true); argumentum ad nauseam (if you repeat it often enough, it’ll become truth); argumentum ad hominem (sabotage the person, sabotage the truth); and argumentum ad verecundiam (if my favorite authority says it’s true, it’s true).

To that list we can now add “argumentum ad filium”: If politicians appeal to the children, it’s unassailably good and true. The Obama White House has shamelessly employed this kiddie human shield strategy at every turn to blunt substantive criticism and dissent.

During the legislative battle that rammed the federal health care takeover through Capitol Hill and down our throats, President Obama and the Democrats piled up youth props around them like bunker sandbags. Nancy Pelosi wore babies like Wonder Woman bracelets, one on each arm, to deflect troublesome questions about costs and constitutional concerns.

I expect that after the children have lost their effectiveness Obama will go to kittens and puppies. "Look at this little fella swat at this bit of yarn. He won't be purring much longer if we don't raise the debt limit...."

Speaking of which, Where did the "balanced approach" go? Obama promised spending cuts to go along with raising taxes on those puppy-kicking rich folks. We raised taxes but I don't see much in the way of spending cuts.

read the whole article at the link - especially the bit about a Clinton kid-prop gone wrong


tomg51 said...

...because if we make spending cuts grandma will be eating the puppy's food...

Kalashnikat said...

tomg51, ...that's Despicable.
The Ryan plan would reduce entitlement spending only for those who have time to make other savings/investment/insurance arrangements for their old age, not those already on fixed incomes and Social Security...and you know it...if we don't address it now, the whole system will collapse and we'll all be eating dogs, not dogfood.

Under the Constitution, Congress makes laws, develops budgets, and appropriates funds through committee deliberations and hearings...

King Ogabe petulantly refuses to abide by such petty restrictions...and hides behind children like a Palestinian unFreedom fighter.

...and his courtiers' refusal to either follow the Constitution or properly pursue amendment for things they disagree with is tacit admission that their ideas are so unpopular that they would never get the required 2/3 of both houses and 3/4 of the states to ratify an amendment.

You want to ban guns? Amend the Bill of Rights, or try...otherwise: STFU, Governor Kummo, Mayor (Doctor) Bumberg, Ex-speaker Pelousy, and Senator Frankenfeinstein, and the man with the hairy reed...