Before a single victim of the mass murder in Las Vegas has been buried or cremated the politically correct fallout from this tragedy is well underway.
The shooter hasn’t been buried, but the political debate has begun.
Representative Seth Moulton and several other members of Congress refused to honor a moment of silence for the 58 dead claiming it wasn’t enough to offer up a moment of silence.
Taking a page right out of the National Football League’s protest handbook, Moulton took the equivalent of a knee.
It did not resonate with his colleagues in Congress who know an opportunist when they serve with one — and Moulton above all, is about himself and his political future.
Former Senator Hilary Clinton said the nation needs gun control and that the National Rifle Association shouldn’t be listened to about the right to bear arms.
Moulton’s lack of respect for the dead, which he construes to be the ultimate respect for the dead by not showing it (even if he doesn’t mean it he should have shown it), was exceeded by Clinton’s remarks.
Moulton, again, took a page from the NFL political protest playbook.
He gave the same answer as the players taking knees.
“It isn’t against the flag or the anthem when we take the knee,” they all want us to believe. “It is a protest about the unfairness of life and we have the right to demean the flag and the anthem or anything about America if we want,” they seem to say.
Moulton took it one step further.
He said he wouldn’t and couldn’t observe a moment of silence to pray for the dead with his colleagues.
Was he saying he doesn’t believe in God and therefore he can’t pray for the dead?
Or was he acting out as the new unelected spokesperson and leader of the inert and the politically correct do nothings in Washington DC?
“Don’t get me wrong,” Moulton seemed to say to the American people, that is, nearly all of us who are in state of shock and disbelief that such a thing could happen to so many innocents.
“Don’t get me wrong. I’d really like to observe a moment of silence for the dead but I can’t. I can’t get myself to do it because if I did it I wouldn’t stand out and my protest would have no legs. By refusing to say a prayer for the dead, I am showing myself to be a leader, just like the NFL players taking knees — and this is who I am and who I want to be as a leader.”
Nice, isn’t it?
Good behavior, not saying a prayer or observing a moment of silence for the dead in Las Vegas?
By every standard of basic measure it is bad behavior.
Showing no respect for the dead was about the worst thing one could do in ancient Greece and Rome.
The liberal press will celebrate Moulton’s ambivalence and lack of respect and morph it into a profile of courage.
The NFL knee takers are way ahead of him but Moulton is a real competitor and a veteran, too.
Did he refuse to respect his dead comrades in Afghanistan during his three tours because of the politics of wear or did becoming a congressman cause him to catch a virus that doesn’t allow him to pay homage to the dead?
If you don’t respect the dead it is much harder to respect the living.
If you don’t respect both — that’s when you find yourself in congress believing you are going to be a presidential candidate next time around.
Too bad about the 58 dead in Las Vegas.
The survivors of the 58 dead will never vote for Moulton.
But then, this is America, where you never know how many grieving families will agree with Moulton that it is better not to respect the dead so long as you speak out about gun control and how this lunatic could have been stopped by gun control.
A ban on automatic weapons makes sense — failing to pay homage to the dead makes no sense.
Gun control wouldn’t have stopped this lunatic.
What a shame not a single victim of this horrific slaughter has yet been buried and the circus of political shouts have already begun echoing their hollow platitudes.