Senator and Democratic party presidential candidate Barack Obama apparently compared the mass murder at Virginia Tech to Don Imus’ juvenile, racially charged joke, calling Imus’ words “verbal violence.”
“There’s also another kind of violence that we’re going to have to think about. It’s not necessarily the physical violence, but the violence that we perpetrate on each other in other ways,” he said, and goes on to catalog other forms of “violence.”
There’s the “verbal violence” of Imus.
There’s “the violence of men and women who have worked all their lives and suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them because their job is moved to another country.”
But, hopefully to state to obvious, words are not violence, and moving some jobs to another country is not violence. Making such a glib comparison is morally repugnant and foolish. Unfortunately, this sort of abuse of language is all too common on the left today.
The thing is, we don’t believe Obama believes this drivel either, or that he thought through these comparisons before making them. But which is worse – to believe such nonsense, or to cavalierly use an ongoing tragedy as a catchy line in a political speech? Either way, Barack Obama doesn’t come out looking good.