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Scapegoaters in Chief

Blaming others is as old as the Garden of Eden.   Adam blamed Eve and God for the fall into sin.   He said to God, “The woman You gave me.”   In essence, it is her fault and Your fault.   Comedian, Dick Gregory, says if there had been a black man in the Garden they would have blamed him.   The President and the Press have perfected blaming others, especially conservatives, in our time.

To be sure there have been Democrats who stood up and took responsibility.    Harry Truman had his famous desk plaque, “The buck stops here.”   When the Bay of Pigs blew up in his face (though set up by others and a plan of assured success according to the Joint Chiefs)  Jack Kennedy stood tall and said, “I am Commander in Chief.  I gave the order.   I am responsible.”

After the fiery invasion of the Branch Davidian cult on April 19, 1993 in Waco, TX, and the death of men, women, and children, President Clinton was asked how this happened.   He stood tall and said, “Ask Attorney General Janet Reno.”   When health care failed, he suggested the press “talk to the First Lady.”    After the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, Clinton blamed talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh.   Yet Timothy McViegh openly said this happened two years to the day after Waco in revenge for that act of government irresponsibility.   Who was to blame for Waco?    Janet Reno according to Bill Clinton.    Certainly no, “The Buck Stops Here” for this President.

Barack Obama has really perfected this.   Any problem is no problem for him.   He inherited this mess.   Blame Bush.   Of course, success in Iraq redounds to claimed success for Biden and Obama.   It matters not that Biden called for trisecting Iraq and Obama voted against the surge which is leading to victory.   No credit is given to President Bush.   Only blame.

All this blaming and scapegoating is aided by what Bernie Goldberg calls “The Lamestream Press” of the tingling leg when the President speaks.   A case in point is a column by Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post Writers Group.   She implies that the Tea Party could be a legacy of Timothy McVeigh.   She notes the militaristic language of Sarah Palin.  You know, “targeting the oppositon,” and “don’t retreat, reload.”   Wonder if she ever heard about James Carville’s “War Room” during the Clinton campaigns.  Of course, she adds Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck as persons of “heckling language” that could “become explosive.”

Wonder if Ms. Parker was concerned when Nancy Pelosi likened the dissent of the Tea Party to the Nazis.   Was that explosive language?   Pelosi and others called dissent the highest form of patriotism.   This, however,  was dissent against George Bush.   Did Kathleen write a column then saying the ugly language of the Left  might be a legacy of Timothy McVeigh?   I do not recall reading anything like that.  But this was directed at President Bush.

Parker closes, “When politicians and pundits use inflammatory language, condemn them,” and she calls for “exposing the unhinged.”   Did she mean Al Gore’s speaking of the “Extra chromosome Right,” or Barack Obama’s, “The Harvard Police acted supidly.”   Perhaps she was thinking of Jack Murtha’s accusing our marines of being murderers, or Jack Kerry saying our troops were behaving like terrorists, or Dick Durbin’s likening our soldiers to the Nazis. When she calls for exposing the unhinged, is she thinking of the Far Left’s destructive behavior at St. Paul, MN during the Republican National Convention?   Rather hard to tell as she notes none of this but manages to mention the Tea Party five times in disparaging language in her 700 word column.

Kathleen Parker has won a Pulitzer.   Wonder what it takes to win that prize today.   Apparently not fair and balanced.