I desperately tried to find a great quote that would summarize my thoughts on what I’m about to write. I searched all over the web, and could find not a single quote that encapsulated the preposterousness of what Bob Schieffer said on Wednesday. So rather than blather on with platitudes, like I usually do, I’m gonna get right to it.
According to Bob Schieffer, President Obama’s battle against the NRA is comparable to both Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights battles, and the defeat of the Nazis in World War II. Here’s the exact quote for your perusal and general amusement:
“Let’s remember: there was considerable opposition when Lyndon Johnson went to the Congress and…presented some of the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the history of this country. Most people told him he couldn’t get it done, but he figured out a way to do it. And that’s what Barack Obama is going to have to do…what happened in Newtown was probably the worst day in this country’s history since 9/11. We found Osama bin Laden. We tracked him down. We changed the way that we dealt with that problem. Surely, finding Osama bin Laden; surely, passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.”
Hang on there a minute, Mr. Schieffer. Aside form being incorrect in your sentiment, you have some facts a bit skewed. First, Schieffer is implying that because Johnson was a Democrat, that his opposition must have come from Republicans in regard to civil rights legislation. In actuality, it was Democrats that were largely against civil rights. As Ann Coulter says in Mugged, not all Democrats were segregationists, but most segregationists were Democrats. After President Eisenhower enacted some of the broadest desegregation laws in history, then Senator Lyndon Johnson said this: “Be ready to take up the goddamned nigra bill again.”
And though Lyndon Johnson was the President to bring forth the Civil Rights Act of 1964–after realizing that perhaps he was on the wrong side of history–more Republicans voted for it than Democrats. Though it was Johnson who signed the law, it wasn’t until Nixon, with his staunch desegregationist Veep Spiro Agnew, that the law was enforced. Nixon acted quickly to do what Johnson had not: actually enforce the desegregation of schools.
Now onto the second part of Schieffer’s diatribe. In his rant, he equates going up against the NRA with defeating the Nazis. Seems a bit extreme. Bob Schieffer is exaggerating to such an extent, that it goes beyond simple hyperbole; it moves toward irresponsibility.
So, when actually analyzed, the information in Schieffer’s quote is nothing more than simple lies through omission, and grotesque exaggerations. It is really disturbing to me that this man is regarded as a national treasure in the news industry. He distorts the truth, and propagates gross misrepresentations; which is the exact opposite of what a journalist should do.
I would admonish Schieffer; tell him that he’s better than this garbage; but I know he’s not. Schieffer is just one of a million “journalists” who are propping this President up. Don’t believe a word he says, because he is a snake.