Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Messy Messages

“You didn’t build that!” – Barack Obama

“I’m not familiar with precisely exactly what I said but I stand by what I said whatever it was!” – Mitt Romney

The weird war of words is going off-shore for the next few days, as Mitt Romney is currently visiting our allies in Britain, Israel and Poland. London Telegraph reporter Jon Swaine writes:

As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America’s enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”…

A few quick thoughts.

1. President Obama has not visited Israel since July of 2008. There’s no denying this is a problem, but what does it mean?

2. What exactly is “left-wing coolness”? On this side of the pond, Gov. Romney repeatedly calls Obama “foreign”. Now it sounds like he’s calling Obama a “foreign” foreigner.

3. Are the above remarks prompting accusations of racial insensitivity? Joe Biden thinks so, as do I.

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Insane

“It’s been insane,” Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker, Colorado said Monday…

Meyers was referring to this:

Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning’s shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they’re also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit…

Let’s get one thing clear: Americans have the right to bear arms.

In the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, the gun-control debate has been at fever-pitch. The NRA has renewed the narrative that Obama is going after their guns. Not true. Not true before Aurora, not true after. However, there have been calls to ban assault weapons, limit ammunition sales, and other ideas that will never pass muster with most Americans; by some politicians.

Those who support gun-control legislation think it’s insane that a person like James Holmes could so easily get his hands on weapons that could do so much damage. Those who oppose gun-control legislation think it’s insane that a person like James Holmes could so easily get his hands on weapons that could do so much damage.

The only difference is how to fix the problem. Do we ban assault weapons, or focus on mental health issues. The sad truth is that there will be another violent act like this. And another. And another. No matter what we do.