By Tom Quiner
What a breath of fresh air.
In the midst of national pain, former President George W. Bush rose to the occasion. Speaking in Dallas at a memorial service for cops assassinated by a racist sniper, Mr. Bush calmed our frayed nerves.
He validated the human dignity of each of the fallen policemen, and the dignity of each of us.
He invoked sacred scripture … from a Christian Bible!
There was no moral preening or blaming. Just words of comfort and wisdom from a man of character and stature.
By contrast, President Obama chose to politicize the event by invoking disinformation:
“It’s easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than a computer…or even a book,” intoned the president.
What Mr. Obama failed to mention is that it is already a federal offense to sell a handgun or ammunition to anyone under the age of eighteen.
So gun control isn’t the issue in his example.
Nor is availability to the internet. A Pew study found that 92% of teens use the internet daily.
85% of black teens have access to a smart phone.
They receive free textbooks at school.
The library will lend them as many books as they’d like to read … for free!
Regarding gun ownership, a University of Chicago study reports that but a third of U.S. households own at least one gun.
Data refutes the president’s claim.
In the immediate aftermath of the Dallas shootings, the president claimed to be befuddled as to why the gunman killed these guys:
“I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter.”
And yet the killer was very clear as to his motives. He said that he “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
The killer is a racist. End of story. He hates white people. He said it. He acted on it.
But this doesn’t fit Mr. Obama’s liberal narrative; that only Blacks are victims of racism; that only Whites can be racists.
So he simply changes the narrative with untruths that fit his fantasy world.
Mr. Obama divides. His rhetoric fans the flames of fury that define the Black Lives Matter movement.
That’s why George W. Bush’s words were so wonderful to hear.
He united the country in our pain.