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A Modest Proposal for Political Etiquette Following Mass Shootings: NO Comment Until After the Last Funeral (And YES Erick Erickson Should Apologize)

I cannot believe the amount of commentary on the Oregon school shooting.  Of course I am horrified and appalled at the needless death and injury but I was dismayed at the comments.  Two examples:

President Obama immediately sought to promote gun control on the day the event occurred.  Here’s the story and video from Real Clear Politics.  No, Mr. President, we should not politicize this event.

But I am especially dismayed at Erick Erickson for this apparent response:

Our President is a Jackass

I sincerely hope this was a hacker.  I don’t allow that JA word in my home to be said by my kids.  And I thoroughly disagree with this President, I would not call him that word.  I admire and respect Erickson very much and I still do; we all make mistakes.  But Erick Erickson should apologize.

I propose a rule of political etiquette relating to events like this:  NO comment or calls for political action based on this until after the last funeral.  Let’s comfort the survivors and the families of those killed but not say anything political until after the funerals are over.  Then try to see if these events can be prevented.  (An adjunct to this rule is no recruitment or attempted recruitment of any victim for a gun cause on either side for 30 days after the event.  It’s bad taste.)


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Dave Brat Statement on King v. Burwell decision on Obamacare subsidies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2015) – Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA) issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court announced its 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell:


“Today’s Supreme Court decision erodes the constitutional checks and balances that protect the rights of all Americans.  The court declared that the plain language of a law passed by Congress doesn’t mean what it clearly says.


“Although I don’t agree with the Obamacare law, we’ve heard repeatedly that it’s the law of the land and we all must follow it – that is, unless you’re the president.  The Supreme Court just rubber-stamped the administration’s blatant disregard for the law, telling the president he doesn’t have to follow it – a law that he helped author – when it doesn’t fit his agenda.  Can any other American citizen get away with that?


“How can the American people feel secure in their freedom when their government breaks its own laws and the Supreme Court endorses the lawlessness?  It’s a sad day for the rule of law in America.


“Today’s decision further proves that Obamacare was a terrible idea and a poorly written law to begin with.  Contrary to the president’s promises, health care costs and insurance premiums have increased, millions of people have lost the insurance plans and the doctors they had, and there are still millions of people who lack coverage.


“We must repeal Obamacare and replace it with alternatives that create real affordability and get the heavy hand of government out of the way.  We must allow insurance companies to compete across state lines, give people the same tax deductions that employers get when they buy insurance, restore state regulation of health insurance and health care, and eliminate roadblocks to innovation.”


Article written by: Tom White