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

redohe Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 6:58 PM
Munchausen by Proxy is hard to diagnose. You have an involved parent, caring and caring no matter the child's problems. Hard to see through, especially if you've seen uninvolved parents. MP parents are almost refreshing with their level of "devotion." Plus, this woman & child had "celebrity" after getting the Clinton treatment. Even doctors can be starstruck.

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...