[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Friday, as mourners said goodbye to the slain pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Obama eulogized the late pastor and South Carolina State Senator. As many expected, Obama used the opportunity to push an agenda rather than offer condolences and messages of peace to the family and to mourners who were paying respects to the pastor.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Taking-on such controversial topics as gun control and blasting those who dare to defend the Confederate flag, Obama unleashed a highly-charged and, at times, bizarre eulogy that offered little in the way of meaningful tokens of respect for the deceased.
Though Sen. Pinckney actually voted for the flag to be placed on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse in 2000, President Obama took aim at those who defend the flag, saying,
“The [Confederate] flag has always represented more than ancestral pride.”
“For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression.”
Obama also claimed that removing the flag would be “one step in an honest accounting of history” and “By taking down that flag we express God’s grace.”
And, of course, no Obama lecture would have been complete without an assurance that gun owners wish to have their Second Amendment rights curtailed. Obama insisted, “The majority of gun owners want to do something about [gun violence.] We see that now.”
In truth, gun owners do want something done about gun violence; many gun owners recognize that the surest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to arm a good guy. Thus, many gun owners wish for a loosening of carry restrictions for law-abiding citizens.
Somehow, however, I don’t believe that’s what Obama meant.
The president’s hijacking of the eulogy for political gain is nauseating but, ultimately, what we have come to expect from the most-divisive president in U.S. history.
Nothing- I repeat, nothing– is sacred to this man. Not the Constitution, not religious principles and, apparently, not even a damn funeral.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]