LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2015 — Republicans have been on the defensive during the 2016 presidential race. Several instances have shown why self-inflicted wounds really do not need to be fatal. Dr. Benjamin Carson made remarks that offended some Muslims. Columnist Ann Coulter sent out a Tweet that offended some Jews. Donald Trump has offended some women and Mexicans with his fiery words. Jeb Bush made a far less serious off-the-cuff remark that has been taken out of context. He responded to cries for gun control in the wake of the Oregon shooting by saying, “stuff happens.”
Whenever a conservative says anything politically incorrect, liberals play the identity politics card and demand that all conservatives apologize. Republicans must stop apologizing and effectively turn the tables.
Donald Trump may have offended some Mexicans, but he did not kill any of them. President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder got 200 innocent Mexicans killed due to the illegal Fast and Furious gunrunning sting.
Trump may have been boorish toward some women from a speech standpoint, but he has not crossed the line into physical violence. Hillary Clinton has been complicit in covering up her husband Bill’s violent sexual misdeeds. The consensual affairs are not the issue. Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. Juanita Broderick accused him of rape. Bill Clinton settled with Jones.
Ben Carson may have offended some Muslims, but he did not kill any of them. President Obama got thousands upon thousands of Muslims killed by drawing a red line in Syria and then retreating. Bashar Assad is killing Muslims with impunity. Russian President Vladimir Putin is assisting Syrian strongman Assad. Obama is in full retrenchment mode.
Ann Coulter may have offended some Jews, but she did not kill them or put any of their lives at risk. President Obama rammed through an Iran deal that gives Iran over $100 billion. Iran is building a bomb and still threatening to wipe Israel off of the map. The West’s refusal to aggressively confront and push back against radical Islam has put Jews all over the world on red alert. Hillary Clinton supports the Iran deal and has the same stubbornness as Obama in refusing to mention radical Islam.
Jeb Bush could have chosen better words to explain why gun control is a bad idea. Some horrible events cannot be prevented. Stuff does happen. This is far less callous than Hillary Clinton’s screeching, “What difference at this point does it make?” She yelled that at Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson when he had the temerity to ask about her conduct in the Benghazi imbroglio. Jeb did not get anybody killed. Hillary has four dead bodies to answer for. Jeb was explaining why we cannot always act. Hillary was trying to deflect why she refused to act. Jeb could not have prevented the Oregon tragedy. Hillary could have and should have prevented the Libyan deaths.
Neither Coulter, Trump, Carson, Bush, any of the other 15 GOP presidential candidates or any conservative pundits or columnists have physically abused Americans or gotten Americans killed. Hillary Clinton’s combination of indifference and incompetence got four Americans killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.
When liberals pull the smug, moral superiority routine, Republicans should be ready with a simple answer.
“The liberal you support gets people killed. The conservative I support did not kill anyone. People died because of your candidate.”
The liberal response will be one of desperation and deception. In case of emergency, they break the glass and blame President George W. Bush. Over 4,000 Americans died because of the 2003 Iraq War.
Conservatives can immediately point to over 500,000 deaths from World War II and ask whether presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman are to blame. Many Americans died due to President John F. Kennedy’s failed Bay of Pigs fiasco with Cuba.
Acts of war are different, and deep down liberals know they are comparing apples and oranges. During peacetime, Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton engaged in actions or inactions that got innocent people of all stripes killed.
Nobody is perfect, but liberals are the ones who keep bleating whenever a conservative hurts anybody’s precious politically correct feelings.
This does not mean conservatives should deliberately incite others to anger. It does mean liberals should stop spending every waking minute of their complaining lives in a state of fake outrage.
Most important, it means conservatives need to stop defending themselves from verbal infractions when liberal politicians are committing capital felonious criminal acts that kill innocent people.