Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago did not originate the idea, but he did make it just a bit more famous. This would refer to his remark to the effect that one should never let a crisis or tragedy go to waste. The idea is that during the turmoil that surrounds such an event it is possible to enact policies or pass legislation that would otherwise be much more difficult.
What this amounts to is the taking advantage of others’ misfortunes in order to accomplish your own political agenda. It’s not like what is attempted are sincere actions to prevent such future tragedies, nor to alleviate current suffering. What Emanuel is talking about is waiting for crises to push an agenda that is unpopular and for which one needs such a disaster in order to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible.
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu from California is seeking to put the strategy Mr. Emanuel described to use in pushing the anti-gun agenda in the wake of the massacre at a Texas Church. What he did was walk out on a moment of silence in memory of those victims. He then used the attention he attracted as a way to push his anti-Second Amendment beliefs. It’s a blatant effort to use tragedy for political gain.
“A junior Democratic congressman walked out of a moment of silence Monday night for victims of this weekend’s mass shooting at a Texas church.
“In a video posted to Facebook Monday evening, California Rep. Ted Lieu said that he would not join his colleagues who were observing the moment of silence in the chambers of the House of Representatives.”
Lieu has an agenda, and the shooting tragedy at the church provided just the platform from which to launch his attack on the Second Amendment.
“‘I can’t do this again; I’ve been to too many moments of silences,’ Lieu said in the video. ‘In just my short period in Congress, three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred. I will not be silent.’
“‘I urge us to pass reasonable gun safety legislation, including a universal background check law supported by 80 percent of Americans, a ban on assault rifles and a ban on bump stocks,’ Lieu added.’
Claiming that Lieu used the tragedy to his own advantage is a strong statement to make. And perhaps he really does feel badly for those killed. But his blatant attempt to turn this into a leftist political issue is unmistakable.
His tweets tell the story of his motivation and agenda;
“‘My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs,’ he posted on Twitter Sunday.
‘But just two hours later, after some of his followers objected to the measured nature of the tweet, Lieu unloaded on the National Rifle Association.”
I agree my prior tweet could be better. So here: I pray for the victims in TX. Also, screw the @NRA & can you help Dems take back the House.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 5, 2017
Mr. Lieu has learned Mr. Emanuel’s method well. Perhaps he’s a bit too obvious, but he clearly has the basic idea down.
It’s as though the anti-gun crowd are just waiting for shooting tragedies in order to cut loose with their prepared remarks. It’s as predictable as it is wrong.
And it needs to be exposed as often as it is displayed.
Source: Fox News