In Mayor Bill de Blasio’s progressive dystopia of New York City, businesses can be fined up to $250,000 for refusing to use the preferred pronoun that corresponds to a customer’s “gender identity.” Some examples of preferred pronouns include “ze,” “zie” and “xe.”
In the wake of the horrific Orlando terror attack that saw 49 innocent members of the LGBT community killed, the Left took it upon themselves to do what they always do: attempt to politicize an event to fit their pre-existing narrative.
President Obama came under fire from prominent GOP lawmakers and activists for refusing to identify the enemy. Obama angrily fired back at his critics: “There is no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ It is a political talking point. It is not a strategy.” I guess words only matter to the Left when they say so.
Obama called for new measures on gun control and blamed Republicans, remarking, “enough talking about being tough on terrorism; actually be tough on terrorism. Stop making it as easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons.” The same man who gave Iran $150 billion to fund terrorism felt the need to blast Republicans because they care about a little thing called due process (I’ll delve deeper into this later). Obama has no problem uttering the phrase “ISIL,” but refuses to say the phrase, “radical Islam,” claiming that there is no connection. My dog is smart enough to know what the “I” in “ISIL” stands for.
On November 13, 2015, radical Islamic terrorists launched a series of attacks in Paris, France that saw over 130 innocent civilians killed. Obama had no problem blaming terrorism for the attacks. France has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. How come Obama could blame terrorism for what happened in France (despite their strict gun laws) but blame Republicans for what happened in Orlando? The reason is simple: blaming guns fits his narrative, despite the actual facts.
Following the death of legal juggernaut Antonin Scalia, Obama nominated liberal stalwart Merrick Garland to the high Court. Despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s warning that the President’s nominee to the Court will not be considered, Obama went ahead and nominated someone anyway. Obama did the right thing by nominating someone; however, it was the all-too predictable rhetoric that followed that proved the Left is who we thought they were.
Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution reads “He [the President] shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint…Judges of the supreme Court…”
The Left only chooses to care about the Constitution when they believe it is appropriate. In response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s refusal to hold a hearing for Garland, the Left adopted the phrase #DoYourJob. It’s ironic that the one time the Left choses to care about the Constitution, they get it wrong. Yes, it is the job of the President to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. However, it is the job of the Senate to offer Advice and Consent—which includes the “Advice” to not confirm the judge. Grumpy, bitter Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid once understood that not every nominee gets a vote, but of course it now fits his narrative to blame the very Congress that has been cursed by his (in the words of Senator Tom Cotton) “cancerous leadership.”
Since the Left claims they care so much about the Constitution (they don’t), then perhaps they should care about due process. The Left’s reaction to Orlando was not to increase efforts to combat terrorism, but to strip Americans of their due process rights. Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut held the Senate floor hostage on June 15 to talk about gun control and a “terrorist watch List.” What Mr. Murphy failed to mention is that even if people on the “terrorist watch list” had been banned from purchasing firearms, the terrorist Omar Mateen still would have been able to proceed with the transaction.
Everyone agrees that terrorists should not be allowed to buy guns. However, the list is greatly flawed. There are thousands of Americans that are incorrectly put on the list by hapless bureaucrats in Washington. Ted Kennedy and The Weekly Standard columnist Stephen Hayes were both famously on the list. Simply banning people on the list form buying guns would violate ordinary Americans’ due process rights.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, evincing the disdain for constitutional protections so often exuded on the Left said, “The problem we have—and really, the firewall we have right now, is due process. It’s all due process.” I would support a bill similar to what Senator John Cornyn of Texas proposed, which would delay the sale of a firearm to anyone deemed suspicious, but would also allow ordinary Americans their due process rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If the Left truly cared about terrorism, they would have voted for Senator Ted Cruz’s Expatriate Terrorist Act, which would revoke someone’s U.S. citizenship if he joins ISIS. The Left opposed Senator Cruz’s legislation on due process grounds, but of course went back to not caring about due process when it didn’t fit their agenda.
Don’t let the Left fool you. They care about neither the Constitution nor basic facts. When researching a crime, the first question the police ask is, what was the motive? The Orlando shooter said in a 911 call that he was pledging allegiance to ISIS and their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But no, despite this declaration, the Left still claim they don’t know the shooter’s motive and that guns are to blame. This is precisely why they are the Hypocritical Left.