Barack Obama is the kind of president the founders sought to protect us against. In Federalist 1 Publius observes, “of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.”
Obama is not “commencing” a demagogue. He’s been there for a while. Today Obama calls on a suffering Newtown mom to give the president’s weekly radio address. This continues Obama’s gun-control campaign that Jacob Sullum and the New York Post have characterized as “Abusing dead children.”
In the address this morning, Newtown mom Francine Wheeler pleads: “Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy.”
The White House speechwriters don’t give Mrs. Wheeler any help in drawing a line from any proposed reform to the prevention of her tragedy, because there of course there is none. The White House has simply chosen to exploit Mrs. Wheeler’s tragedy for its own petty partisan purposes by means of a few of the demagogic arts.