My twelve-year-old son couldn’t remember the phrase “take a walk down memory lane” last week, instead describing a stroll through “nostalgia road.” I knew it would come in handy.
Put on your hiking boots and join me for an educational trip down good ol’ Nostalgia Road.
It seems like yesterday when Champion of Wimmin Maureen Dowd, bemoaning the lack of sympathy for anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan, declared in the New York Times that “the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.”
No ifs, ands or other hedging qualifiers. Absolutely absolute.
And it was just the blink of an eye ago that the same New York Times spilled barrels of adulatory ink on the 9/11 widows known as the Jersey Girls. Remember them? The quartet of Democratic women parlayed their post-terror attack plight into powerful roles as Bush-bashing citizen lobbyists.
Their story, the liberal narrative-shaping Paper of Record reported, was a “tale of a political education, and a sisterhood born of grief.”
Moms and widows deserved special consideration in the public square, the argument went a decade ago. Their experience and their testimony warranted respect, deference, and the national spotlight.
But then, as now, only a special class of victims is entitled to cash in the Absolute Moral Authority card. Not all parents and spouses who have lost loved ones can join the Club of the Unquestioned and Unassailable.
On Monday night at the Republican National Convention, Pat Smith shared her own tale of a political education born of grief after her diplomat son, Sean Smith, died in the Benghazi terrorist attack. Hillary Clinton, she passionately insisted, “deserves to be in stripes!”
GQ sportswriter Nathaniel Friedman showed his compassion for Smith’s loss and pain by tweeting, “I don’t care how many children Pat Smith lost I would like to beat her to death.”
MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who had helped make Cindy Sheehan a media star and urged her to run for Congress based on her status as a grieving war mom, fumed that Pat Smith had “ruined” the entire convention with her heartfelt testimony. The smug Democratic political operative turned TV bloviator, who had also elevated the Jersey Girls’ celebrity status with multiple bookings on his show, couldn’t bear to speak Smith’s name:
I don’t care what that woman up there, the mother, has felt. Her emotions are her own, but for the country in choosing a leader, it’s wrong to have someone get up there and tell a lie about Hillary Clinton.
Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) chimed in on the same network that he was disgusted with how the GOP convention was using Smith to “exploit a tragedy.”
GOP-bashers heaped similar derision on father Jamiel Shaw Sr. and mothers Sabine Durden and Mary Ann Mendoza, who all spoke at the convention about losing children to criminals who had slipped illegally through open borders and revolving deportation doors. “Progressives” sneered at Shaw as an “Uncle Tom” for pointing out that Latino gangbangers targeted his black son because of his race. The intolerant tolerance mob also accused Durden of being “fooled” and Durden and Mendoza of being “exploited for apocalyptic theater.”
Is too bad that today the kids think the 3 R’s is Reduse,Reuse & Recycle(there’s even a dumb song)i only recycle becuase i need the extra money
You cannot listen to Mrs Smith or Mr Shaw without having pangs of fellow feeling for their loss.
Yeah, the gays have noticed this, too.
Over 50% of gays polled since Orlando plan to switch parties and vote Republican.
The problem with the Left’s political correctness with its victim-naming is that sometimes those victims are victimized by others on the victim list.
Then the Left has to prioritize its victims.
And guess what?
Gays found themselves off the list that is nowadays topped by the Muslim victims.
There are going to be six speakers at the DNC who might be interesting to hear:
Sybrina Fulton, Mother Of Trayvon Martin.
Lezley McSpadden, Mother Of Michael Brown.
Gwen Carr, Mother Of Eric Garner.
Maria Hamilton, Mother Of Dontre Hamilton.
Lucia McBath, Mother Of Jordan Davis.
Geneva Reed-Veal, Mother Of Sandra Bland.
Hillary calls these females, ”Mothers of the Movement.”
What is ”the movement?”
I my opinion, republicans are now competing for last place among those who should be given moral authority in America.
From Spankings to Executions, Violent Rhetoric Against Clinton Escalates
This is dangerous stuff, when you already know how many mentally unhinged, heavily armed loons are now running around loose. Republicans can’t seem to recognize a man who is totally unqualified and completely unsuited to be president. They also can’t seem to recognize when zeal crosses the line into crazy. This is a problem with emotion-driven mass movements.
The real answer to the question about who should get Absolute Moral Authority is actually quite simple and should be totally obvious: NOBODY.