Rick Santorum was right

Yesterday, I began writing a blog post, but stopped after one paragraph.   I don’t want to write an angry diatribe or stridently partisan post about last weekend’s March for Life, even though the march was orchestrated and funded by big money on the Left and promoted by the mainstream media, which serves as the Left’s free advertising medium.

The mainstream media provided seamless messaging coordination with the Left’s orchestrated street spectacle this past weekend.  The mainstream media worked to give these teenage mouthpieces air time with plenty of cozy  interview settings to package and sell these teen victims, turned activists. It would be interesting to know how much time, money and effort went into grooming these teenage mouthpieces for the “March for Life” on Saturday, as really just stage props for the Left’s effort to take down the NRA.  It was a massive propaganda campaign spewing hatred of the NRA, gun owners, and of course all people on the Right, who don’t agree with them.

The march was largely about inciting anger and hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them.

Some mouthpieces and Twitter peeps on the right started taking jabs at the ardent teenage flamethrowers, who used their 15 minutes of fame on stage to hurl verbal grenades at Marco Rubio, the NRA, gun-owners and anyone who doesn’t agree with them.   Mouthpieces and Twitter peeps on the Left (including some unbiased journalists) took to Twitter to declare the high school speakers are pure and exempt from criticism, because they are “victims” who survived a shooting incident at their schools.  That experience gives them  carte blanche, according to their media and Leftist defenders, to spew anything that they want, on a national stage, no matter how vicious, untruthful or hate-filled.

What these media and defenders on the Left were doing was once again, trying to marginalize any dissenters as “hate-filled monsters” and attributing the moral high ground and legitimacy to the Left.  This is how the mainstream media openly colludes with the Left’s political agenda – promoting it, selling it, working to demonize and marginalize dissent.

There were some minor side issues that erupted on Twitter, like a debate among some “journalists” over what their role should be, with some declaring that “advocacy journalism” is what journalism is all about and others countering that journalism should be about reporting facts as objectively as possible.

Rick Santorum made some comments urging high schoolers to take CPR classes:

“How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,” Santorum said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He also said:

“They took action to ask someone to pass a law,” Santorum said. “They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?’… Those are the kind of things where you can take it internally, and say, ‘Here’s how I’m going to deal with this. Here’s how I’m going to help the situation,’ instead of going and protesting and saying, ‘Oh, someone else needs to pass a law to protect me.'”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/politics/rick-santorum-guns-cnntv/index.html

Santorum’s comments generated another media firestorm, even though what he is saying is true.  The real solutions to these social problems need to come from people within those communities (and high schools).   His words became another media feeding frenzy on the Left, but the truth is more gun laws would not have stopped these incidents.

Frankly, inciting and feeding teenage fear, anger and rage, which is what those adults on the Left orchestrating and funding this march did, is more antisocial and detrimental than a kid taking a CPR class ever could be.  Teaching kids to work together to help others will dramatically change the community culture for the better too.

Santorum may not have stated it as well as he could have, but this is what I think he was saying.

And he’s right. Community service activities, like learning CPR at your local American Red Cross (or learning disaster relief), assuredly will serve kids better than promoting kids carrying profanity-laced signs or signs libeling Marco Rubio as a #KidKiller.

It’s time to focus more on community service than on rabid partisan politics.

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