December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.”
- Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO, December 23, 2012
- Source: Meet the Press (includes video)
- Context: LaPierre doubled down on his statement that the solution to preventing school massacres is to place armed security at every school in the country. Critics have argued that there were armed guards both Columbine High School and Virginia Tech who failed to prevent those massacre. Further criticism contends that if placing armed guards at schools is the solution, they would also have to be placed in all theaters, malls, and other public places where massacres have occurred.
December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
“This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their own country – was the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 not enough for them? – but to the entire world.”
- Andrew Sullivan, conservative author, commentator, and blogger, December 21, 2012
- Source: Enough! (The Daily Beast)
- Context: Andrew Sullivan, a conservative, has recently been at odds with the Republican Party, which he believes is too extreme and incompetent. In his article, titled Enough!, he criticizes the Republican Party’s stance on economic, social, and political issues, calling its members “ideological zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work, gerry-mandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy.” He goes on to say:
“Enough. This faction and its unhinged fanaticism has no place in any advanced democracy. They must be broken. But the current irony is that no one has managed to expose their extremism more clearly than their own Speaker. His career is over. As is the current Republican party. We need a new governing coalition in the House – Democrats and those few sane Republicans willing to put country before ideology. But even that may be impossible.”
December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
“We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work — and by that I mean armed security.”
- National Rifle Association, December 21, 2012
- Source: CNN
- Context: The National Rifle Association (NRA) had remained silent since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, in which a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children. This changed Friday when, amidst renewed debate on stricter gun control laws, the NRA proposed that the solution is not to limit guns, but to instead station armed security at every school in the nation.
December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
““I’m a conservative and a Republican, and I believe in the Constitution and all of the amendments. But the reality is, there are restrictions on lots of our freedoms. We cherish the freedom of speech, but it doesn’t give you the right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.
I have trouble defending a position that says there should be no restrictions on any guns or ammunition, and this slippery slope argument that if you allow the slightest bit of [gun] control, then that’s the start of taking away all our freedoms.
Somebody’s got to break ranks on one side or the other, it seems to me, and talk in a rational and thoughtful way, which will probably come with great risk to whoever does that. I imagine a Republican who speaks on this will probably be opposed in their next election.”
- Mark DeMoss, head of The Demoss Group, December 15, 2012
- Source: Politico
- Context: DeMoss, a Christian conservative public relations executive and former Romney adviser, came out in support of stricter gun control measures in an interview with Politico.
December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I’ll accept no lectures about “sensitivity” on days of tragedy like today from people who work the other 364 days of the year against any attempt to prevent such tragedies.”
- David Frum, December 14, 2012
- Source: Daily Beast
- Context: In a piece written for The Daily Beast titled “Every Day is the Day to Talk About Gun Controlm,” he criticized those who have tried to curb criticism of United States gun laws in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting that resulted in the deaths of 27 people, 20 of them children.
December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
“To be clear, my goal, and the goal of many of those joining me here today, is to make abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past.”
- Rick Perry, Republican Governor of Texas, December 12, 2012
- Source: Huffington Post
- Source: Governor Perry made these comments at a press conference organized by the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life. Currently, with Perry’s support, Texas Right to Life is pushing for legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Recently leaked audio (transcript & audio) show that in April of 2011, Roger Ailes, chairman and founder of Fox News, and Rupert Murdoch sought to enlist and bankroll General David Patraeus for the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee. They recommended that Patraeus should accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and run for president if not offered the position. The message was relayed by Kathleen McFarland, who can be heard saying several times that what she is asking Patraeus to do was coming directly from Roger Ailes.
“That’s not the question at this point. He says that if you’re offered chairman, take it. If you’re offered anything else, don’t take it, resign in six months and run for president. Okay?”
During the conversation, she also asks Patreaus what, if anything, Fox News should change about its coverage in order to advance his agenda:
“I know. And he loves you, and everybody at Fox loves you. So what I’m supposed to say directly from him to you, through me, is first of all, is there anything Fox is doing, right or wrong, that you want to tell us to do differently?”
During the conversation, Patraeus, now disgraced after a recent sex scandal, also expressed his admiration for Roger Ailes, saying “I love Roger” and thinks “he’s a brilliant guy.” Ailes released a statement saying that he had McFarland relay the message as a “joke” and that she was “way out of line”:
“It was more of a joke, a wiseass way I have,” he said. “I thought the Republican field [in the primaries] needed to be shaken up and Petraeus might be a good candidate.”
Murdoch, Patraeus, and McFarland have no commented on the audio. The audio ends with Patraeus promising to meet with Ailes privately the next time he is in New York.