Tragedy struck on the campus of Umpqua Community College on Thursday when a shooter targeted Christians, killing at least nine, and injuring at least seven. And on what does President Obama focus? Gun control laws. Yep. President Obama immediately moved to politicizing this tragedy. And as far as I heard, made NO mention of the fact that the shooter targeted Christians for persecution.
I do not think this is going out on a limb to say that, had this happened to just about any other group of people int his country, THAT would have been the focus of Obama’s remarks, at least initially. But no. It was all about gun control. Never mind that in cities like Chicago that have the STRICTEST gun control laws, the number of shootings and deaths are sky-high, in direct contradiction to Obama’s claims on Thursday night. It was to that point that Bill O’Reilly responded from the heart to Obama’s claims:
As you know, I don’t often care for O’Reilly. But he was right. And Obama flat out lied about the reality of strict gun control laws. He flat out lied in an effort to MANIPULATE people. That is just wrong.
If Obama was a true leader, if he wasn’t constantly driven by his own blind ideology, perhaps – PERHAPS – he would have made such heartfelt comments about the persecution of Christians by this shooter, and extend the sympathy of a nation to the families of the fallen yesterday.
But Obama is not a leader. He is an ideologue. Perhaps he could learn from an actual leader. That would be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu gave an incredibly powerful speech to the United Nations on Thursday. You can watch the entire speech HERE, but as BizPacReview highlighted, the following clip was stunning:
Now that is a leader, impassioned for his people and his country. He wasn’t trying to make an ideological point. He was calling out the world for their condoning of Iran and its actions based on their silence. Wow.
Yes, Obama could learn from Bibi on leadership in general.
But Obama could also learn from Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on how leaders react to world events:
Dang, wouldn’t you have loved to have a President react the way Fiorina did? Even if you don’t agree with everything she says, her clear-headed approach to the issues and people involved without being all manmby pamby milquetoast about it is refreshing. Fiorina is strong in her response, a response based on what is, not what she thinks it should be or wants it to be. What a concept. (I might add, it seems that Bibi Netanyahu seems to have taken a page from Fiorina having said much the same thing about the Iranians that rewarding bad behavior just encourages more bad behavior.)
There was another tragic event that occurred on Thursday. That would be the downing of a C-130 plane in Afghanistan. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for this crash that killed 6 of our service members and 5 NATO contractors:
[…] In a post online, the Taliban claimed they had shot down the aircraft, killing 15 “invaders” plus several Afghan “hirelings.”
However, U.S. Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman, a spokesman for the 455th said, “With high confidence, it does not appear at this time that enemy fire was a factor in the aircraft crash. We have first responders on scene working at the crash site doing recovery operations, so I can’t give you information on casualties on the ground. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.”
Wickman said the crash occurred immediately after takeoff. “The aircraft crash site is contained wholly within the confines of the airfield,” he told Stars and Stripes.
All aboard were assigned to Operation Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission to provide training and security assistance in Afghanistan. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Whether or not this plane crashed as a result of the Taliban, or as the result of some other factor, I don’t recall Obama speaking out so passionately about the possibility that this was a terrorist attack, or even on the tragic loss of life in this accident/attack.
No, our President was too busy going on about gun control laws and politicizing an issue rather than focusing on the reason for the shootings – killing of Christians – and offering sympathy to the families. He could have done that for both cases – the event in Oregon, and the plane going down in Afghanistan.
Yes, Obama could have – if he was a Leader, that is…
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.