Archive for the ‘Tucson shooting’ Tag
How can I lump all three of these subjects together you ask? Because in a 24 hour news cycle that never sleeps it is almost inevitable that newsworthy topics pile up on top of each other.
The very little input I am going to give on the Tucson, Arizona, shooting tragedy is this: the left’s reaction was sickening and the right’s reaction to the left didn’t really leave a good taste in my mouth either. This is about human life and the ugliness of this world and not politics. I thought Governor Huckabee had a great response to the whole issue and also to Pres. Obama’s address in his daily radio show The Huckabee Report.
First of all, congratulations to President Obama for what was easily the best speech of his presidency. He struck the exact proper tone in noting that while this does give us an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of being civil in our disagreements that it is wrong to assign blame for the personal violent actions of a mad man to other people’s political speech.
Whether out of bias or a quest for controversy or maybe just out of habit some members of the chattering classes went chasing blindly after an angle that would stir the most heated responses and they lost sight of the real story and that is the worst possible failure for a journalist. Even now after the president spelled it out for them many are still making the same mistake and missing the point about the president’s appearance at the memorial.
It is not about politics, whether it is going to raise his approval ratings or boost his reelection chances, and it certainly isn’t about sleazy opportunists who leapt to blame a senseless tragedy on the political speech of whatever side they disagreed with. No, it was about 20 people in Tucson…. I can’t believe that some people have to be continually reminded of this but some things really are bigger than politics and this is one of them. And all Americans should be grateful to our president for saying it beautifully.
In the week following what happened in Arizona two different polls were released showing Mike Huckabee with solid support for a potential second run for the White House in the First in the Nation caucus state of Iowa. We all know that Huckabee loves Iowa and it is apparent that the Hawkeye state still supports him as a presidential candidate. Good news for someone who is still undecided about another presidential campaign and may need a little push.
And lastly, Huckabee remains one of the outspoken voices to repeal the Healthcare Act known as Obamacare. He just wrote a piece yesterday entitled “The Healthcare Act – Return to Sender” and it starts out like this:
We were told—and sold– everything except the truth about the details in the healthcare act. And then, despite a majority of Americans rejecting this massive change in public policy, Congress enacted it anyway. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work in our representative democracy.
He is also one of the main faces promoting the “Repeal the Healthcare Act Now” campaign with a video ad for http://www.repealitnow.org. Signatures on the petition for Congress to repeal Obamacare are now over 500,000.