published Monday, August 5th, 2013

Smith: Tolerating death of the innocent

By Robin Smith

Several news accounts in just the last two weeks are evidence that we are tolerating the death of the innocent.

A few weeks ago, there was a boycott of the issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring terrorist, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on its front cover. Tsarnaev, who joined his brother in placing “pressure cooker bombs” near the finish line of Boston’s signature race wounding 260 and killing three, seemed to be glamorized.

The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino honed in on the shallow yet effective strategy calling the provocative cover an ‘obvious marketing strategy’ to generate publicity and sales.

The editors of Rolling Stone magazine issued a very superficial “unapology:”

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”

My thoughts? Bovine scatology.

Heard the phrase “phony scandals” in the news lately?

When asked which scandals the President considered “phony,” White House press secretary Jay Carney stunningly included the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, where four Americans died.

Congressional hearings, whistleblower testimony, and a retrospective analysis say otherwise, pointing to an act of terrorism. The lives of four men serving our nation were and are now little more than a political problem for Barack Obama who was facing re-election and directed the anger toward an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

Joined by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who no-doubt hopes to be the presidential nominee for Democrats in 2016, the President met the flag-draped coffins returning to American soil, both promising justice and closure in these tragic deaths.

To date, the only penalty doled out has been to the YouTube videographer who remains in a California jail.

We can’t leave out the recent Texas state legislative protests featuring hundreds of activists armed with tampons with plans to pelt pro-life legislators advocating the ban of abortions after 20 weeks, or five months.

Appreciate that at this gestational half-way point, the unborn child is able to recognize and hear its mom’s voice; has finger and toenails that are growing; has a heartbeat audible with a stethoscope; and according to WebMD, yawns, sucks his or her thumb and moves sufficiently for the mom to feel it.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry shared her definition of viability awaiting the royal birth of England’s third-in-line to the throne: “When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feelings of the parents … not on science … an unwanted pregnancy can be biologically the same as a wanted one…”

Pulling these stories together with their common thread, it’s sadly clear some in our culture reject the value of innocent life.

Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput sums it up: “We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil.”

Robin Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2007 to 2009. She is a partner at the SmithWaterhouse Strategies business development and strategic planning firm.

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nucanuck said...

Selective tolerance seems to best fit the American way. We can tolerate a weak educational system, a lack of health care availability, the extralegal slaughter of innocents abroad by US agents, government violations of our rights to privacy, bank bailouts with public money...the list is long of horrid things that we tolerate.

Selective morality might better describe us.

August 5, 2013 at 1:11 a.m.

Robin, Really, "Tsarnaev, who joined his brother in placing “pressure cooker bombs” near the finish line of Boston’s signature race wounding 260 and killing three, seemed to be glamorized."

Please refer to your dictionary and review the the meaning of the word allege and all its forms and learn to use it. You see these young men were framed by the FBI and are guilty of NOTHING. Now the young presumed innocent Defendant is in a simulated criminal proceeding in which his case has been blocked from a US District Judge by a Magistrate in collusion with the corrupt government and his docket is more than Constitutionally deficient missing multiple docket entries; no defense has made a legitimate notice of appearance and motions and orders on the docket that do show are fraudulent. The aforementioned is occurring because the SIMULATED TERROR event was orchestrated by the DHS, FEMA and the FBI in collusion with the US CONGRESS in order to terrorize, defraud and control the American people.

Meet the actual Blast 2 crowd. https://twitter.com/RalphHornsby/status/358974974331088896/photo/1 Raw video tells no lies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJn6kz... Perhaps you could do a story regarding the House HLS Committee forming a bill on 4/12/2013 that would be used as the premise of show hearings for an event that occurred on 4/15/2013. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1542

There was no radicalization; it was all a lie and a set up with an in whole fabricated crowd dispersed to the public with the young defendant's head part of the photoshopping; most interesting not one person in the fabricated crowd is seen in the raw video yet it is the fabricated crowd people who are the victims!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019wrlc http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23004244

https://twitter.com/rebelready/status/360466351917252608/photo/1

August 5, 2013 at 1:21 a.m.
chet123 said...

IT AMAZES ME THE WAY ROBIN SMITH TRY TO PRESENT HERSELF IN A SWEET POLLY MANNER

THE VOICE OF REASON...THE STEADY HAND ON THE DRIVER WHEELS HA HA HA HA

THIS IS WHERE I NAILS HER AND HER INCONSISTENCY.....

CONDEMNING THE TOLERANCE OF DEATH OF THE INNOCENT

PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME WHERE WAS IT WOMAN DURING THE JUSTIFIED KILLING OF A 17YEAR OLD BOY?????WHERE WAS THIS WOMAN?????

August 5, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.
SaraB said...

Based on this lady's critics, I like her more each week.

August 5, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

I would be more inclined to listen to the rants of those on the right who decry the death of the innocents at the hands of Obama and liberals if they would, just once, include the granddaddy of all innocent life takers, George H.W. Bush. Funny how the loss of the lives of 4 Americans in Benghazi is a horrific, impeachable offense but Bush's lies and incompetence that led to the loss of over 4000 American soldiers and tens of thousands (much more, in all probability) of innocent Afghan women, men, and children are never worth mentioning. But then, that was just America doing what it does best - waging unnecessary war on innocent people.

Maybe that was Obama's mistake. He should have declared war on Libya and then the loss of life and the collateral damage could have been justified. Oh wait, what am I thinking? It would have been OBAMA waging war and then the Repubs would have no doubt held hearings and formed committees to investigate and would have found him guilty of war crimes, right? Bush does it and it's all well and good. Obama does it and it's the unconscionable death of innocents.

August 5, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Based on this lady's critics, I like her more each week." - SaraB

And based on her supporters I'm constantly reassured of the correctness of my perception of her as just another right-wing wacko.

August 5, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.
chet123 said...

ROBIN SMITH AT IT AGAIN.....

DEATH OF THE INNORCENT!

ROBIN IS THE CLARENCE THOMAS AND HERMAN CAIN VERSION OF THE WHITE FEMALE......TRAITOR!....SHE DONT EVEN HAVE THE SUPPORT OF HER OWN GENDER!!!!

REPUBLICAN PARTY PICKS A CRONY LIKE ROBIN SMITH FOR WINDOW DRESSING....

THE NERVE OF THIS WOMAN TO MAKE CLAIM THAT SHE IS PRO-LIFE.....SOMEONE TELL THIS AIR HEAD THAT SHES PART OF A POLITICAL PARTY THAT VOTES AGAINST:

1)THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM,THIS IS A NUTRITIONALLY "LOW-COST" POOR CHILDREN IN AMERICA PUBLIC SCHOOL...

2)THEY VOTED AGAINST AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE - DURING THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY REPUBLICAN SAID LET THE AMERICANS WHO CANT AFFORD THE HIGH COST OF MEDICAL INSURANCE, "LET THEM DIE" HA HA HA LET THEM DIE...

3)REPUBLICAN SUPPORT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT(UNLESS A BLACK AMERICAN WAS KILLED HA HA HA!)

4)REPUBLICAN PASSED SHOOT TO KILL LAWS...WHICH HAVE INCREASED DEATH...LESS THAN 1% HAVE BEEN DEFENSIVE SHOOTING

5)REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT MADE AN PRE-EMPT STRIKE ON A COUNTRY THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 911...KILLING 100'S OF THOUSAND OF CHILDREN AND FEMALES....

WELL ROBIN I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ON...AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY, THE GALL TO CLAIM YOU ARE PRO-LIFE...HA HA HA

August 5, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.
chet123 said...

YOU HAVE NERVE TO TELL SUCH A BALD-FACE LIE.....THE NATIVE AMERICAN CALLED PEOPLE LIKE YOU FOLK TONGUE.....YOU LIE WITHOUT FINCHING HA HA HA HA!

August 5, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
chet123 said...

THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICAN....FACTS DONT MEAN ANYTHING TO THESE FOLKS.....THEY LIE WHILE LOOKING YOU IN THE EYES AND NOT EVEN BLINK

August 5, 2013 at 5:33 p.m.
chet123 said...

WHAT AN AIR-HEAD!

August 5, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.
MyGen said...

Awesome! We can add chet123 to the AngryBird Columnists of Drew Johnson and Roy Exum along with some of the for-nothing-Tea-Party folks.

I think what most of us are tired of has been on display with these little tantrums over the last week.

Another great article! Thanks, Mrs. Smith.

August 5, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
chet123 said...

MYGLEN.....SINCE YOU ARE THE DEFENDER OF ROBIN SMITH...WHO IN THE PAST HAVE HAD THE NERVE TO LECTURE READERS ON LYING AND THE VIRTUE OF BEEN HONEST...YET SHE OPEN HER MOUTH AND SPEW OUT LIES LIKE THERES NO TOMORROW.....THE LADY IS A LIGHT-WEIGHT....SHE MUST KNOW SOMEBODY....

HOW CAN A PERSON LIE AND NOT FINCH

NO GETTING BACK TO YOU....YOU INJECTED MY NAME....AS IF YOU ARE ABOVE POLITICS HA HA HA HA....ONE OF THE FIRST THING I DID WAS TO RUN A BACK-GROUND CHECK ON PAST COMMENT....YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN/TEA-PARTY/GOP.....THE SAME STINK!

YOU IGNORED MY POWER POINT I MADE ABOUT ROBIN SMITH....YOU DIDNT ADDRESS HER COMMENT OR MINES....YOU TRYING TO BE LIKE A CHAMELEON LIZARD....CHANGING YOU COLOR TO THE SITUATION.....OTHERWISE YOU ARE A PHONY....

August 5, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
MyGen said...

Ummmm.... my point is proven with even more evidence. Thank you. Thank you.

August 5, 2013 at 8:28 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Folk Tongue? Was that a nickname for Woody Guthrie?

August 5, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
RShultz210 said...

Chet123 I can barely understand you. It's like you came out of some academic black hole, and I do mean black. What is all this nonsense, Afro 101? "Robin Smith...Where's the comma?"who(where's the comma?) in the past HAVE had(should be 'has had' the nerve(etc. "one of the first 'thing' I did"(should be things, should be plural) "and the virtue of BEEN(should be 'being')honest. You seem to care very little about correct tense, the use of plural or singular properly or even the right word for that matter. Yet you expect people to take you seriously in a forum where even the worst educated people can at least come CLOSE to writing correct English. I don't think I could stand to hear you actually TALK as I am unsure I could understand ANY of it.....LOL

August 6, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.
chet123 said...

RSHULTZ210...HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...THIS IS WHAT YOU RESULT TO SPELL CHECKING HA HA HA HA HA HA HA....HA HA HA...I KNWO I HAVE A MAN ON THE ROPE WHEN HE START CHECKING FOR VERBS SUBJECT AGGREEMENTS... HA HA HA HA HA HA

WHAT TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT DONT YOU????...TRYING TO TAP DANCE TO ANOTHER ISSUE.....YOU UNDERSTOOD ME RSHULTZ210....AND YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO RESPOND SO YOU DECIDE TO PLAY ENGLISH TEACHERS HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

YOU WANT TO BE MY SECRETARY???? HA HA HA HA HA

ROBIN SMITH IS AN AIR HEAD!!!!!!....SHE CALL HERSELF A CONSERVATIVE HA HA HA HA HA....SHE BENEFITED MORE FROM LIBALISM MOR ETHAN ANY BLACK AMERICA

SHE HAD NO RIGHTS COULDNT VOTE HA HA HA HA HA

SHE IS THE WHITE FEMALE VERSION OF CLARENCE THOMAS....HES AN UNCLE TOM...SHE AN AUNT TOMMIE......

RSHULTZ....YOU HEAR VERY WELL AND UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD I POSTED.......YOU CAN PLAY STUPID ALL YOU WANT TO....FOR YOU ARE LIKE THE THREE MONKEY THAT HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL, SAY NO EVIL WHEN ITS A BOOT LICKING, PROTECTOR OF THE RICH AND GREEDY YOU SEE NO WRONG HA HA HA HA HA

August 9, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
chet123 said...

AS FAR AS MYGLEN IS CONCERN....I RAN A BACKGROUND CHECK ON ALL HIS COMMENT AND POSTING....THIS BOY IS A TEA-PARTY..AND HES DUMB AS A ROCK...

HE GOT THE GALL TO COMPARE REAGAN(WHO WAS AN EX-DEMOCRAT) WITH OBAMA...HA HA HA HA HA!...REAGAN OWN CHILDREN DIDNT AGREE WITH HIS POLITIC...

THE OLD GEEZER SOLD HIS SOUL TO BE PRESIDENT..HA HA HA HA HA HA!

August 9, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.
chet123 said...

NEXT IN LINE!

August 9, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.
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