Obama’s Kiddie Human Shields…The president trots out children to deflect legitimate criticism

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Michelle Malkin @ NRO:

The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders on Wednesday. Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take, President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. This is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging — a feckless attempt to invoke immunity by intoning “it’s for the children” and hiding behind them.

What has happened to the deliberative process in this country? Public debate in Washington has deteriorated into Sesame Street sing-alongs. We are already inundated with logical fallacies: argumentum ad populum(it’s popular, therefore it’s true); argumentum ad nauseam (if you repeat it often enough, it will become truth); argumentum ad hominem (sabotage the person to sabotage the truth); and argumentum ad verecundiam (if my favorite authority says it’s true, it’s true).

To that list we can now add argumentum ad filios: If politicians appeal to the children, it’s unassailably good and true. The Obama White House has shamelessly employed this kiddie human-shield strategy at every turn to blunt substantive criticism and dissent.

During the legislative battle that rammed the federal health-care takeover through Capitol Hill and down our throats, President Obama and the Democrats piled up youth props around them like bunker sandbags. Nancy Pelosi wore babies as if they were Wonder Woman bracelets, one on each arm, to deflect troublesome questions about costs and constitutional concerns.

Obamacare stage managers paraded eleven-year-old Marcelas Owens of Washington State in front of the cameras to make the case for the half-trillion-dollar tax-hike plan. The boy’s “qualifications”? Owens’s mother, Tiffany, had died of pulmonary hypertension at the age of 27. A single mother of three, she lost her job as a fast-food manager and lost her insurance. She received emergency care and treatment throughout her illness, but died in 2007.

As I noted at the time, Washington State already offered a plethora of existing government-assistance programs to laid-off and unemployed workers such as Owens’s mom. For some reason, unexplained by the family or its zealous exploiters, she didn’t enroll. Moreover, she died nine months after she reportedly lost her health insurance. By the time she lost her employer-provided coverage, she was apparently already in dire straits health-wise. It’s not clear that additional doctor visits in the subsequent months would have prevented her death. Nor did Obamacare do anything to address the very real flaws with our employer-sponsored health-care system.

Young Marcelas Owens admitted he didn’t understand health-insurance reform and didn’t think it was “anyone’s fault” that his mom died. No matter. When it comes to big-government-by-anecdote, the anecdotes don’t need to be true and the solutions don’t need to actually solve our problems.

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

7 Responses to “Obama’s Kiddie Human Shields…The president trots out children to deflect legitimate criticism”

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    Nan G

    Michelle reminds those of us with liberal (therefore SHORT) memories that Hillary Clinton’s kiddie-human-shield turned out to be a prop, not only for Hillary, but also for her mom.
    The child was not really sick.
    Mom was USING the child’s purported illness to get money for herself.
    Mom got sentenced to 5 years for it.

    When Obama says (repeatedly) that he reads ten letters a week from the public I wonder if his staff sets him up.
    Norma Desmond style.*
    Maybe staff culls through real letters for just the right heart string tuggers.
    But maybe the staff causes some of the letters to be written.
    I can’t recall specifics but too often one of these sited letters turns out to come from an SEIU or Teachers’ Union home.

    *Norma Desmond of the movie Sunset Boulevard.
    Her butler feeds her delusions by sending her fake fan letters.

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    MOS 8541

    August 5, 1968. The V.C. put children and farmers in front of a offensive live to breach the barbed wire and die. Amazing to watch the V.C. step on the bodies of children and they assaulted the inter perimeter-just like opie is doing. Impeachment time is overdue.

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    Leftists are not interested in truth or liberty. Leftists are ONLY interested in fooling as many as possible in the mobocracy into believing the leftist lie that they give a rat’s ass about anything other than garnering their own personal power and privilege.

    Leftist ‘leaders’ are utterly and contemptibly evil…leftist supporters just exchange the word ‘evil’ for ‘stupid and lazy’.

    The next time you have to discuss anything with a leftist, challenge them to live economically in their personal dealings the way the US government has been doing for DECADES…by spending so much they have to borrow 40 cents on every dollar they spend. Ask them how long they think they would last before having to file bankruptcy.

    Ask them if they perceive the irony of a half-black President persuading 51% of the voters to forge their own personal chains of enslavement on his political plantation…

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    Nan G

    Quite often, after Obama USES a human shield, the alternate press (net) finds them and shows them to be on the payroll, so to speak.
    In this case Grant Fritz (of Maryland) and Taejah Goode (of Georgia) and Julia Stokes and Hinna Zeejah are not ID´ed by hometown even.
    That might slow the web press down a day or two.
    But my money is on them being in union or government families.

    Certainly they were each under the influence of a union teacher.

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    if someone attacked him, he would probably cringe and hide behind one of those children. That is just the type of man he is . disgusting. totally disgusting.

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