Friday’s Show: Preston Maddock of American Bridge, Chuck Todd, Mike Allen and Dr. Larry Arnn on “Churchill’s Trial”
Friday’s show from D.C. where I will stay until Sunday evening given the hurricane’s grudging decision to spare us the drama, features regulars Chuck Todd of Meet the Press and Politico’s Mike Allen, as well as the press spokesman for American Bridge, a lefty Super Pac –Preston Maddock. Mr. Maddock decided to engage me on Twitter last night over my criticisms of the president’s remarks yesterday about the Oregon massacre, so I invited him to spend the first hour with me and he accepted. Should be interesting, and Chuck and Mike always are.
Hour three will be the second in a series of Hillsdale Dialogues with Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, about his new book: Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government. Pre-order the book today to stay with us chapter by chapter through the next 10 weeks:
Obama’s reaction to yesterday’s horrific and tragic events was predictable and banal. He said, “And each time this happens I’m going to bring this up.” And so, each time this happens he forces the rest of us to make the same tired responses. Let’s discuss four characteristics of his response.
Obama’s response to Umpqua is myopic. All Obama sees in these events is the gun or guns. He pays lip service to other things, but all he sees is the gun. This speech was made before the victims or the shooter were identified; he could not possibly see them. Therefore, he could not see the individual circumstances of those most directly affected by these heinous events. All he saw was the gun.
Obama’s response to Umpqua fails to grieve. He says, “We’ve become numb to this.” Well, clearly he is numb since it took him but minutes to make his speech – no grief, no sorrow, only his political point. The rest of us need some time to grapple with the emotional consequences of something this ugly. We need time to grieve.
Obama’s response to Umpqua is egocentric. He presumes that his numbness is our numbness. But more, his failure to vary his response even slightly to the now fifteen such instances during his administration indicates a presumption on his part that he is infallibly correct. He complains that he cannot get a gun law through Congress, but fails to realize that there might be other things he can do. He is obsessed with his failure to pass a gun law; he does not care about actually doing something that matters.
Which brings me to the fourth characteristic of Obama’s response to Umpqua – the one that is most disheartening of all. Continue Reading
HH: There are multiple fatalities at a rural community college in Oregon, at Umpqua Community College. At least seven are dead, perhaps many more. We do not know. We’ll follow that story throughout the day. It’s breaking news, so I will bring you the details as they come. I begin the show with Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for president of the United States. Dr. Carson, sorry to talk to you on such a terrible day. We’ve become too used to such things in America.
BC: Yeah, it is really quite unfortunately common now, and you know, not only in America, but horrible things are occurring all over the world.
HH: Do you have any reaction on terms of what gun control matters will inevitably be discussed in the aftermath of this?
BC: Well, obviously, there are going to be those who are going to be calling for gun control. But you know, that happens every time we have one of these incidents. Obviously, that’s not the issue. The issue is the mentality of these people. And we need to be looking at the mentality of these individuals and seeing if there are any early warning clues that we can gather that will help us as a society to be able to identify these people ahead of time. Continue Reading