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Prop-a-palooza: The Use and Abuse of Kiddie Human Shields

abuddhan Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 9:10 PM
I knew everything I needed to know after I read, "The Obama White House has shamelessly employed this kiddie human shield strategy at every turn to blunt substantive criticism and dissent." If, as is asserted, the 'Kiddie Shield' is used as an effective tool to blunt substantive criticism, then what followed could not be -- by admission -- substantive criticism or dissent. It is not claimed that the 'Kiddie Shield' is used in an attempt to blunt substantive criticism or dissent, it is stated that it is employed successfully. Therefore what followed can be considered neither substantive criticism nor dissent. It is simply the ravings of a sore loser.

The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders on Wednesday. Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take, President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. This is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging -- a feckless attempt to invoke "For the Children" immunity by hiding behind them.

What has happened to the deliberative process in this country? Public debate in Washington has deteriorated into Sesame Street sing-a-longs. We are already inundated...