Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director
Just hours after the murder of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, Barack Obama, the President of the United States, felt it necessary to issue a statement. At the time, there was a media frenzy concerning Tiller’s death. The killing of Tiller was a national story which prompted saturation coverage by the mainstream media. In fact, an act of terrorism--which led to the assassination of an American soldier--was virtually ignored by the dominant press.
The same day Tiller was killed, Obama issued a press release stating, “I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.”
While Obama was “shocked and outraged” regarding the Tiller incident, when the President finally got around to addressing the killing of Pvt. William A. Long--at the hands of an enemy of our country--Obama told the nation he was “sad” over the death of the 24 year old soldier.
But besides Long’s tragic death and the wounding of another, 18 year old Pvt. Quinton I. Ezeagwula, outside a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, it was clear Obama’s true concerns centered around the Tiller case.
Perhaps I am mistaken. However, I cannot remember when a President of the United States took time to acknowledge the unfortunate demise of any American citizen. Tiller was not a prominent statesman. Tiller was not a champion of civil rights or a leader for the advancement of the human condition. Tiller was a “doctor” who presided over the deaths of as many as 60,000 innocent unborn children during his so-called career as a physician, along the way, making millions of dollars while doing so.
There were other tragedies which seemed to escape the attention of Mr. Obama on May 31st. The same morning of May 31st, while eating breakfast with his family in Chicago, a 15 year old honors student was struck by a stray bullet. The shot--which was fired by a gang member and intended for a rival--ended the life of this young man and shattered the dreams and hopes of an entire family.
Just about the time Obama was crafting his response to the Tiller murder, the lifeless body of a 24 year old woman was found in rural Pennsylvania. The victim had been raped and apparently brutally tortured.
At the moment Obama was ending his remarks on Tiller, a search was under way for a three year old who was kidnapped from her home near Detroit. Sadly, the toddler was eventually found in a shallow grave covered over with cement, disposed of like a piece of trash, leaving a whole community to grieve.
Unfortunately, President Obama did not feel it necessary to address the aforementioned tragedies with the vigor he did over the death of Tiller. But why?
Obviously, the President’s unprecedented comments regarding the murder of Tiller was politically motivated. Obama--who has proven his support for abortion rights since the first day of his administration--felt it was necessary to appease some of his most steadfast political allies. Those who promote and support the killing of the innocent unborn clearly took precedent over a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, a 15 year old honors student, a 24 year old woman and a three year old who never had a chance to experience a full life.
Was Dr. Tiller more important than Pvt. Long and these other victims of senseless crime? Or, dare I say, the unprecedented mention of Tiller’s murder served Obama’s political agenda.
Most certainly an American president cannot speak to the families of every murder victim in a country of over 300 million. In the same breath, the life of Tiller did not have greater value than any other individual who met the same fate on that day. Yet Obama and his mention of the late-term abortionist gave the impression Tiller’s life and death were of more significance than the aforementioned others--and hundreds of those like them--whose lives were cut short.
But Obama was not alone in his hero worship of Tiller. The mainstream liberal media could not devote enough time to Tiller’s life and life’s work depicting him as a hero. However, to many of us, Pvt. Long was the real hero and the 15 year old Chicago honors student was truly someone American youth should emulate.
The coverage and reaction to the Tiller story should give us all pause. Clearly, the values which have made our nation great in the past have been lost to those who control the images which help define our society. No, Tiller was far from a hero. Of course, his murder was not justified. Yet, at the same time, the media’s ignoring of Pvt. Long’s death comes as no surprise. It is a demonstration of how our priorities have been set eschew by those whose job it is to report on matters, without political motivations.
Related article: Tiller Murder Wrong: But He Still Was A Baby Killer--Not A Hero http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2009/06/tiller-murder-wrong-but-he-still-was-a-baby-killernot-a-hero-.html
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