A serious crisis should never be allowed to go to waste
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has hit out at politicians and those in the media that have attempted to use the tragic shooting in Arizona as a political point scoring exercise.
Appearing on Freedom Watch with Andrew Napolitano, Paul referred to the former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s notorious assertion “you never want a serious crisis go to waste”.
Speaking of pundits and politicians who have outright blamed the killing spree on political discourse and sought to introduce legislation to curb such rhetoric, the Senator stated:
“Well, these are the kind of things that I think some on the left decided to manufacture even before the events occur. I mean, this is part of the playbook of Rahm Emanuel where they say any crisis should be used to their advantage to further their agenda.”
“The people who politicize this really ought to be ashamed of themselves.” Paul added.
“I think it also does a disservice to those who died, to Judge Roll, who died, to representative Giffords. It’s a disservice to them that all of a sudden this tragedy that involves them in a very personal way, and their families, is being discounted so people on the other side of the political spectrum can make political points.”
“Can you imagine what it would have been like had there been any truth to the fact that this young man had any political beliefs or agenda and wasn’t crazy?” Senator Paul urged.
“But as it turns out, as you said in your piece that you led into, is that apparently the young man had no political motivations, and what I’ve read of his writings, it seemed that he was losing his grip with reality.”
“It’s about the age when we begin to see paranoid schizophrenia erupt, and in all likelihood, this man was criminally insane.”
“I’m not surprised that they do it,” Paul said of the attacks on rhetoric. “I do think they should be ashamed of themselves for doing it and [it] really just has no place in this discussion.”
Watch the interview :
The attacks on so called “violent rhetoric”, predominantly coming from the left, have continued, with air time being given over to assertions that Glenn Beck is personally to blame for no less than three assassination attempts in the last year.
Last night the President called for an end to the political blame game that erupted in the wake of the tragedy and urged Americans not to use it as “one more occasion to turn on each other.”
Obama’s comments were praised on both sides of the political spectrum, however, some observers suggested that they felt like they were watching a political rally rather than a memorial gathering, with strategically placed t-shirts and banners reading “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” visible in the lower sections of the arena prior to the arrival of participants.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.