Four days after Jared Loughner put a gun to the head of Gabby Giffords, Barack Obama spoke:
Obama Urges ‘Civility’ in Public Discourse
TUCSON — President Obama called Wednesday for an end to the political finger-pointing that has erupted in the aftermath of the gunman’s rampage here five days ago, urging Americans not to use the tragedy that took six lives to turn on one another.
In a widely anticipated address, a somber Mr. Obama told more than 14,000 people in a gymnasium at the University of Arizona — and millions watching on their television sets — that it was time to “pause for a moment, and to make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
Here are some past examples of that good old liberal civility:
What follows is the liberal democrat practice of civility in discourse since Obama spoke of it:
“It’s as if someone is holding a gun to your head and saying give me your money….,” he said. “You can hurt innocent people by not getting your own way.”
liberal blogger at DU:
The biggest asset the Republicans have is an uninformed electorate, so they actually got away with holding a gun to the president’s head.
“Elections have consequences,” Biden told Senate Democrats, according to a senator in the room. The vice president characterized the fight as a hostage situation, saying Republicans have a “gun to their heads,” the source said.
“Any faction in America that would put a gun to the head of 310 million people and say ‘If you don’t do it our way, we will blow your dreams away, we will blow a hole in the American economy’, that is un-American. That is not how we do business, and we refuse to bow down to those tactics.”
The hobbits have had a gun to Boehner’s head from the start
“republicans put a gun to the head of the country and demand all its money! they are the criminals to blame and no one else.”
And of course, Obama himself:
President Barack Obama says the debt ceiling should not “be used as a gun against the heads” of Americans to retain breaks for corporate jet owners or oil and gas companies.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this metaphor used so often as since the Giffords shooting. democrats appear to love imagining guns against heads.