Many politicians are often accused of being tone deaf. I think President Obama takes it to a new level here.
President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor inclined to listen to the American public on the issue.
Well, this is where he gets part of it right — House Republicans (mostly) aren’t willing to work with him but he completely misses the part about them not listening. Look at the numbers — how many Concealed Handgun Licenses, how many firearms (of all sorts) being sold, ammunition of most self defense calibers hard to find. Yet strangely enough, many hunting calibers are still plentiful. More on that later..
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
Would make a joke about pots and kettles here but I would just be called racist. Is there a single district out there that isn’t ‘sharply gerrymandered’?
Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of his upcoming initiatives, but “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
President Obama, with all due respect — Get over yourself you pompous egotistical prick! This isn’t about you, it is about the policies that have worked to disarm America for decades. Enough is enough !
And that is what you are seeing. I find it stunningly ironic that you claim earlier the public is with you but here you say you can get ’50 percent of public support’. So which is it? Is there a broad base of people pushing for gun control or is the nation almost evenly divided?
The president said he has a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that date back for generations.
He said that moving forward on the topic means understanding that the realities of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas.
Reality changes based on location? Could you publish a scientific paper on that? Yeah, that is what I thought. Just another line trying to divide the country. Funny how people in the country are worried about slow response times and I, a city dweller, am also worried about slow response times. Country folks worry about home invasion; Wow….so do I.
It is almost as if you don’t have a frakkin’ clue.
He said it’s understandable that people are protective of their family traditions when it comes to hunting so “gun-control advocates also need to do “a little more listening than they do sometimes” in the debate.
The interview appears in the Feb. 11 issue of The New Republic.
Obama also said one of the biggest factors in the gun-control debate will be how it is shaped by the media.
I absolutely agree with you on this one. The main stream media is doing all the can to demonize standard capacity magazines, modern muskets (AR-15s) and anyone who owns them.
“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he said. “I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”
Another part I think you are right….this must be a record. I do think the “Republican Leadership” is left, very left/liberal than the majority of the party. It shows in their actions over the last decades.
The president argued that “the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word” and that party leaders, including Senate Majority Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are “willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.”
Lawdog lays the smackdown on your idea of compromise so I won’t repeat it here but I will tell you that many people are getting tired of your idea of compromise. The main stream media can go stuff itself in their own orifices. I will note that your idea of ‘get stuff done’ seems to include trampling over the traditional rights of people. Sorry President Obama but you lost most of your credibility when you tried to link the 2nd Amendment to hunting. Read the history of this country and you’ll find out what we already know — it is about being able to stand up to people who ‘try to get stuff done’ over the objections of the people.
Has Obama himself ever fired a gun? Yes, he says, he and others shoot skeet frequently at the president’s Maryland retreat, Camp David.
The president also said much of the challenge in Washington is to make Americans feel that national politics is indeed connected to their day-to-day realities.
“And that’s not an unjustifiable view,” he said. So everything we do combines both a legislative strategy with a broad-based communications and outreach strategy to get people engaged and involved, so that it’s not Washington over here and the rest of America over there.”
Right, you want to make me think Washington is connected to my day to day reality but you talk about Hunting instead of crime, you talk about compromise instead of mental health, you issue Executive Orders without batting an eye or worry about the consequences.
No Mr. President you aren’t connected to reality in any shape form or fashion.
Listen carefully Mr. President; you are the representative for more then 50% of the country. Many of us do not agree with you ideas, plans or executive orders for ‘gun control’ — and isn’t it amazing that not one of your ideas included arresting criminals for outstanding warrants ?
We will not sit idly by as our rights are taken from us piece by piece, compromise by compromise. Hear what I and millions of others are saying; I beg of you to listen.
Please join the discussion.
Edited to Add — by the way Mr. President, I expect to hear today that the Secret Service Details on you, your wife and children have all switched over to double barreled shotguns. After all, your expert, your vice-president has told the country that is the best weapon for protection.