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Tragedy and Exploitation The Progressive Way
Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 12/16/2012 4:01:27 AM PST by Kaslin

I’ll leave it to others better suited to comment on the horror of Friday afternoon in Newtown, Conn. I am not yet a parent and would not presume to understand the emotions involved in something like this.

But on the media reaction and exploitation that followed the horrific news, I will comment.

Simply put, it was disgusting.

I’ve said before how progressives will exploit anyone and anything to advance their agenda, but I’d always thought there was a line, somewhere, of decency they wouldn’t cross. I was wrong.

With the blood of the victims still wet, progressives began their call for gun control. They had no idea if the guns were purchased legally (they were, and stolen from the first murder victim, the killer’s mother), what kind of guns they were (they were pistols, not “assault weapons,” though a semi-automatic rifle was found, unused, in the killer’s car), or even if the killer was in custody or dead (there were stories of a hunt for a second shooter) before they succumbed to the siren call of their agenda.

Michael Moore, noted tragedy profiteer, took to Twitter with “Only minutes away from pundits & politicians say, "This isn't the time to talk about gun control." Really? When is that moment?”

A short time later he followed up with “The NRA hates freedom. They don't want you to have the freedom to send your children to school & expect them to come home alive.”

No fiction writer could do the sickness of that man justice.

But Moore wasn’t alone, David Frum was his usual self and joined a chorus of his fellow progressives that included Piers Morgan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and nearly the entire homepage of The Huffington Post in calling for more gun control.

Actress Rashida Jones tweeted, “Gun control is our only road to freedom. Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I'm so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.”

The stupidity of these people is self-evident. States with the most freedom to own and carry guns have the lowest crime rates. Meanwhile, cities such as Chicago, where it’s illegal to own a gun, have the most gun violence.

But although the side of liberty has the statistics, progressives play on emotion. Facts don’t matter in a world of crying children, and progressives know it. A complicated issue is offered a simple solution that appeals to the feeling of helplessness and promises to alleviate it. It’s a tactic used by despots throughout history.

Since we have a media that functions as the ground troops for the progressive movement, that they would line up to offer their megaphone surprised no one. A manufactured protest of anti-Second Amendment progressive activists that attracted only a couple-dozen people (there were more reporrters there than protesters) received more coverage from the Democratic Media Complex than all the huge Tea Party protests. The event came together as if it were an Ikea desk sitting in the corner just waiting for the opportunity to be assembled.

All three major networks ran hour-long specials Friday night reiterating the limited information they had and featuring literal guesses as to what must’ve happened. Facts don’t matter when trying to scare people.

The most despicable part of the media coverage was the interviews. Children as young as these vultures could find had cameras in their faces seeking any sound bite they could milk for ratings. But those children wouldn’t be there were their parents not feet away giving permission and granting their own interviews about their person relief.

No one can blame a parent for an immeasurable sense of relief over finding their child unharmed, but they can be blamed for sticking themselves and their child in front of television cameras to spread that relief to a grieving community. Has the allure of “fame,” no matter how fleeting, overruled our sense of decency?

The president was reserved and presidential in his remarks, and the White House said this is not the time to press an agenda (we’ll see how long that lasts). But their allies would have none of it. Progressive activists and their fellow travellers in the media have a storied history of dancing on graves to advance their agenda, but rarely have they danced so gleefully on such tiny graves yet to be dug. Time will tell which argument wins the day, but I have my suspicions. As President Obama’s former chief of staff once famously said, “You never want a serious crisis go to waste.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 2012; democrats; guncontrol; newtown; progressives; sandyhook; secondamendment; shooting

1 posted on 12/16/2012 4:01:34 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Ambulance chasing commie rat b@stards.


2 posted on 12/16/2012 4:05:08 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: exnavy

To call these opportunistic politicians such a thing, is only an insult to ambulance-chasing commie rat bastards! Ambulance-chasing commie rat bastards never did anything that evil.


3 posted on 12/16/2012 4:06:37 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Kaslin
Gun control is our only road to freedom

Oh no, it needs to join up with arbeit, sharia, etc to form a superhighway.

4 posted on 12/16/2012 4:07:43 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Point taken, well said.


5 posted on 12/16/2012 4:08:28 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Kaslin

He will show up sunday to console and morn........AKA............fan the flames


6 posted on 12/16/2012 4:09:32 AM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: Kaslin

I got accosted on Facebook by a well meaning but I think misguided soul who asked, if banning guns doesn’t stop rampages, why are there few gun rampages in highly gun phobic Europe? My impression is that partly there are more knifing problems, and partly that there is not very much news coverage afforded to events in Europe when a loon with a gun gets looney with that gun.


7 posted on 12/16/2012 4:10:34 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: exnavy

I live in Monroe Ct.15 Minutes from this school,I grew up in Sandy Hook. I am 62 years old,I do Printer Fax and Copier repair,this Requires me to Go Into Schools throughout Connecticut.
On Thursday I was in a Catholic elementary school of Kindergarten to 4th Grade students,what struck me as so Pleasing,as I go into Numerous Public schools,was the Numerous Crucifixes and posted on the walls that Jesus Christ Is the reason for this school.
I was escorted to the room where the printer that needed to be repaired was located and the Escort introduced me as Mr. Jeff who was going to repair their Printer and in Unison they welcomed me,Good Morning Mr. Jeff.
As I was repairing the Printer the Children Were asked to rise since they would Be Going to Lunch,they Then Recited the Hail Mary,I have to say I had Chills going through me,as I mentioned I also go into Numerous Public Schools and there Is Nothing Resembling that Behaviour in any way shape or form.
When I finished I commented to My Escort what a Pleasure it was to experience the atmosphere of their school.
Im sorry if I am Not Conveying what any Meaning this has except for the Fact I have 1 Grandaughter two and a Half Years old,being so close in Proximity to this Tragedy,we visit my wifes Cousin who lives three houses down from this school,had me in tears on Friday just Picturing those Small Children I had the Pleasure to Hear On Thursday in a similar room. God Bless those Children and the families of the Victims


8 posted on 12/16/2012 4:24:25 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: HiTech RedNeck
... why are there few gun rampages in highly gun phobic Europe?

Obviously you've forgotten about the recent Norwegian mass murder ... where at least three times the number that were killed in Newtown died (mostly young adults).

9 posted on 12/16/2012 4:24:25 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Kaslin
Since we have a media that functions as the ground troops for the progressive movement

Correction - the MSM is the air force of evil, not he ground troops.

10 posted on 12/16/2012 4:26:02 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I call for media control and politician control.


11 posted on 12/16/2012 4:27:30 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: Kaslin

...today watch for the well rehearsed one finger eye wipe, one and then the other, that went global for the little boy king, can’t have one eye wipe, tears flow from both....but being a narcissistic, emotions of this sort are impossible. He might even go for the bowed head thumb forefinger bridge of the nose bow in deep remorse schtick.....a perfect image to flash to the world. Camera’s ready?, flash bulbs ready?, rolling?,......ACTION!


12 posted on 12/16/2012 4:29:21 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin
How about instead of guns, we focus on the "Mental Health" profession that gave this kid every type of psuedo-catch phrase-pop psychology-clueless diagnosis on the planet?

So, did he have "ADHD?" "Asperbergers? "Personality Disorder?" "Autism Spectrum Disorder?" Child Disintegrative Disorder?"

Let's face facts: the "Mental Health" profession has no idea what it is doing. They might as well be Witch Doctors, but they charge 10,000 times as much. I, for one, and sick and tired of these charlatans who masquerade as if they were doctors of the mind the same as there are doctors of the body. The two cannot, and should not, be compared. Ever again.

Perhaps instead of guns, we should ban Divorce? I mean, it makes as much sense as what Nanny Bloomberg and Obese Nadler are saying.

Moreover, in today's America, no parent wants to label their little darlings as evil, or influenced by demonic forces. Clearly, this young man was in the clutches of evil.

Until "Mental Health Professionals" acknowledge God, the Soul, Good, and Evil - they are worse than useless. They are the part of the problem.

13 posted on 12/16/2012 4:30:27 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Kaslin

I we want freedom we should begin with banning public schools.


14 posted on 12/16/2012 4:46:47 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I —> Iffins


15 posted on 12/16/2012 4:47:39 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (double trouble, here we come)
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To: SkyPilot

It does not matter that he had personality disorder. His mother is the one who had guns. The kid could have been clinically psychotic and still since his Mother was supposedly “sane” having a psychological test on this kid would not have changed the outcome as HIS MOTHER HAD THE GUNS!


16 posted on 12/16/2012 4:49:33 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: napscoordinator

Why did you put “sane” in quotes? I have not seen anyone suggest that she was anything but.

A ban on “assault weapons” wouldn’t have stopped this, as he didn’t use one (it was in the trunk of his car).

A ban on gun purchases wouldn’t have helped—he was already denied a gun at the store.

A ban on guns in schools didn’t help.

A ban on murder didn’t help.

I’m not sure what else there is to say. He was an evil, evil, evil SOB.


17 posted on 12/16/2012 4:59:34 AM PST by dinodino
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To: ballplayer
You are in the correct age group, I attended public school, I remember a prayer time in the morning, the pledge of allegiance, and the “board of education”. All are gone now, and some wonder why these things happen. I'll be heading out for church soon, have a blessed day, stay safe.
18 posted on 12/16/2012 5:00:41 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Kaslin

It part of the religion of State. Whereas most of us said a prayer for the souls of the lost and the solace of the living.

But the State has no heart, or soul. It merely seeks to control.


19 posted on 12/16/2012 5:01:17 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers#School_massacres

US has 5 out of the 15 listed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers:_School_massacres

US has the most incidents listed, with China not far behind.

I was wondering if population size was a factor, but then noticed India not on the list at all.

Also missing from the list were terror attacks (Chechens in Belsen, Palestinian suicide bombers, etc.)


20 posted on 12/16/2012 5:13:32 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: exnavy

I can remember 2004, the Democrats I knew pushed this whole “What terrorism?” theme. Their reasoning was that Israel put’s up with terrorist attacks all the time. This didn’t fly for long but I remember this stupid argument coming from a family liberal. It all started with Moore.
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2004/10/the-bbc-announces-there-is-no-terrorist


21 posted on 12/16/2012 5:20:23 AM PST by CommieCutter
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Was there not a stabbing incident in China last week?


22 posted on 12/16/2012 5:28:21 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SkyPilot

Many years ago, what we call now “mental health professionals”, they would be called Roman Catholic priests who can do the ritual known as “exocism”.


23 posted on 12/16/2012 5:32:26 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin

Gun control isn’t the answer. Guns have had a purpose in this country since day one: national, home and personal defense, be it military, security, or recreational (hunting, target, trap/skeet, etc.) purposes. It’s the IDIOTS who have access to the gun, who feel the only solution to their problems is through the use of a gun, and are influenced by the JUNK that sells violence via a gun, i.e. the violent movies, music, video games. And its the MEDIA that then makes legends out of the mindless fools who commit these tragic and senseless acts like this. Crimes like the horrible event on Friday, i.e. a mass assault on innocent human beings by one or two individuals under the age of 30 years, seems to have become more commonplace within the last 20 years. Take a look at what has become the mode of entertainment during this time: violence in music, violence in games, movies. Even “reality” tv has a violent edge - the shock factor, the dare to take things beyond the norm. These young people are raised on this junk, and because it’s so readily available it comes with a false “seal of approval”. Few parents discipline their kids anymore because they might be accused of abuse, or they don’t have time, or they just don’t give a crap. Or, laughably, they’re allowing their “little ones” to “express themselves”. Boundaries are vague or non-existent. It’s not gun control that’s needed - it’s us as a society that’s out of control.


24 posted on 12/16/2012 5:38:26 AM PST by fivecatsandadog (Reality ruins everything.)
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To: Kaslin
It was reported that the shooter's mother had pulled him out the elementary school and home-schooled him.

You know what's coming next.

25 posted on 12/16/2012 5:41:47 AM PST by AU72
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To: exnavy

“Ambulance-chasing, commie-rat b@stards”

You’re too kind.

You might have said, lying, murdering, psychotic, adolescent, punk-rock-loving, revolutionary,
Christian-hating, subversive, Communist b@stards, not to mention disgusting, overbearing, Constitution-hating,
slippery, slimy, self-centered totalitarian punks.

But, you’re too kind.

IMHO

Regards


26 posted on 12/16/2012 5:46:47 AM PST by ripley
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To: exnavy

Your byline says Exnavy,I served in the Navy also from 68 to 72,Two Fighter Squadrons out of Miramar Naval Air Station San Diego.


27 posted on 12/16/2012 5:50:40 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: dinodino

I put “sane” in quotes because we have not heard if the Mother was sane or not. She certainly raised an idiot that is for sure.


28 posted on 12/16/2012 6:27:16 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: napscoordinator
And he murdered his mother and used guns. A Glock and a Sig Sauer. The Bushmaster .223 was found in his car and not used.

So, let's focus on those guns. They are the exact same sidearms that thousands of police officers use, every single day. Should they be banned? Should we take them away from the cops? After all, police have sons and daughters too - they could be murdered as well and have their guns used in crimes.

What if the culprit used knives? I can post several links right now about crimes committed by knives. They are not pretty to describe. They are horrific in nature. What about the guy who was pushed in front of the subway train in NYC and was photographed seconds before death? Should we ban subway platforms? Maybe we should focus on cameras?

Yes, the mother had guns. And the kid was Evil. He was. You don't kill 20 little kids and get away with having a "disorder." THAT man is now in Hell. Period.

Until we focus back to God, and ask for HIS healing, we will have more of the same. This nation and this world is going further down the path of destruction with each passing day.

Only God can save us. Not gun control.

29 posted on 12/16/2012 6:29:18 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I went to a Christmas party last night and I was trying desperately to tell the people that a semi-automatic was not used and it was for naught. People believe what the stupid news tell them. I wanted to slap my friends quite frankly. These are Republicans but not conservatives.....UGH!


30 posted on 12/16/2012 6:32:57 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: napscoordinator

She did raise an idiot, but it is not her fault that this kid was mentally ill. I believe that the story will come out that they knew he was a problem and were trying to take care of it, and he snapped during that process.


31 posted on 12/16/2012 8:01:09 AM PST by dinodino
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To: napscoordinator
Amen.

No "assault" weapons were used by the murderer - just semi-automatic pistols that are exactly the same side arms the police in your town use and that millions of home owners possess.

When I look about me at the advertising on TV and radio, I realize that these painful, loud, obnoxious ads are an assault.

They assault my senses and my sensibility. I have to "HURRY!" because I have to "SAVE NOW!" The radio ads, even the ones on Talk Radio stations that seem to take up 65% of the "programming" are mind controlling garbage.

The ads on television during football games are ridiculous. Everything is one big drinking "joke" - everything a sarcastic double entendre. They are all "hyper annoying" and meant to be that way.

The "news" is the same - one big propaganda fest of half truths deep fried in outright lies and deception.

It is amazing any of us are still sane. We endure this same media assault: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The only reason I believe I have not turned into a circa 1933 "Good German" like the rest of the sheeple is because Christ is in my life.

Without Him, I would have died inside long ago and joined the American zombies in the jump off the cliff into meaninglessness.

No wonder they are looking to Obama the false messiah. They are dead themselves.

32 posted on 12/16/2012 8:17:27 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: HiTech RedNeck
.....if banning guns doesn’t stop rampages, why are there few gun rampages in highly gun phobic Europe?

Until the postwar period, and even now to some extent, Europe has had less of the rootless, anonymous anomie that we have in the States, with people wandering around chasing their personal rainbows.

In Europe, society was highly organized and "contextualized" (bzzz, bzzz), so that every person had some sort of sense of his "place". People didn't move 500 miles at the drop of a hat, or because their employer had a policy of handing people long-distance transfers (Exxon and Conoco used to do this deliberately, in order to make the Company the pole star of the employee's existence -- theoretically), or because a newspaper printed the headline, GOLD!!.

If you were born in Stettin, you lived your life in Stettin, you knew lots of people in Stettin and they knew you, and you were not the sort of disconnected, dysrfunctional loner that so many of these shooters are. You always had people near you who were interested in your welfare -- your rabbi or priest, your relatives, your in-laws, people at work, people where you shopped.

Outbursts like these are the downside of freedom. The "Progs" will now argue for less freedom.

That's my theory, anyway.

33 posted on 12/16/2012 10:54:25 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Biggirl
Was there not a stabbing incident in China last week?

Yes, and the libs are using that already.

No guns = 0 dead.

2A Freedom = 25+ dead.

Ergo, ban guns = no more problems. All hail Big Brother! (Who will kill 30,000,000 or so.)

34 posted on 12/16/2012 11:01:32 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: SkyPilot
Until "Mental Health Professionals" acknowledge God, the Soul, Good, and Evil - they are worse than useless. They are the part of the problem.

Hey, hey, hey -- walk light, bro! We'll need the "mental health professionals" to deliver the diagnoses that will let us incarcerate the Tea Party people.

35 posted on 12/16/2012 11:03:48 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: HiTech RedNeck

>>>I got accosted on Facebook by a well meaning but I think misguided soul who asked, if banning guns doesn’t stop rampages, why are there few gun rampages in highly gun phobic Europe? My impression is that partly there are more knifing problems, and partly that there is not very much news coverage afforded to events in Europe when a loon with a gun gets looney with that gun.<<<

Different cultures have different ways to express their lunacy. Tell your friend that gun-phobic Europe used guns to kill tens of millions of their fellow citizens in organized massacres for decades, right up to the 1990s in Bosnia and Kosovo. Remind your friend that there are many different cultures even in Europe, ranging from Switzerland, where everyone has a gun, to Great Britain, where guns are for the most part illegal to possess. Guess which place has the higher rate of violent crime?

My father grew up in New York City in the 1940s. He told me that he used to carry his .22 rifle to school, give it to the gym teacher, and then use it for marksmanship practice during class. No schoolyard massacres back then, even though the technology for firearms hasn’t changed that much. You used to be able to buy semiautomatic pistols through the mail for cheap. No schoolyard massacres then, either.

In fact, there are places on Earth in which strict gun control and low rates of gun violence both occur - Japan, for instance. But we’re not Japanese, and they’ve got a whole suite of problems that we don’t have. Culture makes a difference.

Maybe it’s just good fortune, but up in Alaska, the few people who called for gun control on Facebook after the Connecticut killings were told that it was disgusting to use the event as a soapbox for political purposes.
And they’re right - it is disgusting.

One other thing: if you’re accosted on FB, maybe it’s time to unfriend.


36 posted on 12/16/2012 12:31:00 PM PST by redpoll
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To: Doogle
Exactly right. I suspected that he would do something like that when I heard that he had a comment for the cameras, i.e., shedding manufactured “tears” on demand to display his humanitarian concern for any situation in which they might help him get what he wants. The man is a shameless fraud.
37 posted on 12/16/2012 2:31:53 PM PST by epow (The way of the cross leads home)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Atomized individual mobility can be a bane all right.

In the early USA, groups of immigrants might travel far to find a destination in which to settle. But they traveled together and settled together for the most part. Ordinary human ties and the desire to keep them tended to moderate wanderlust. Then, brilliant men came up with ideas that let humans stay tied even though they wandered. There was always the post, provided for in the Constitution itself, but that could be very slow. The Pony Express speeded up the mail, for a price. Then came telegraphs and trains. Then debuted the telephone and the horseless carriage, and we now have all the modern improvements on those. All have made physical separation more endurable, but also can prove traps when a hug and kiss by wire just won’t do.

I tend to agree with your theory. Portable weapons are a boon to the safety of a mobile and widely distributed society, but can also be used for a bane by those estranged to the point of despair or lunacy by the shortcomings of the same society. There’s more than just society acting here; there is also (and in fact chiefly at the root), God. But society can “carry God” in many ways and is far from useless in God’s ministry. It can serve the devil too, with all the consequences that spring from that.


38 posted on 12/16/2012 6:58:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: redpoll

I say accosted a bit exaggeratedly. This person is someone well known to me IRL and she definitely means well. But she comes up with questions that demand more than simplistic answers. I can’t just say fie on her, not if I don’t want to push her away to the demons of misleadingly oversimplified liberalism.


39 posted on 12/16/2012 7:01:34 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: redpoll

And... her questions remind me of how I think. I look for the exceptions that test the rule too.


40 posted on 12/16/2012 7:04:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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