With the press, talk show hosts, and politicians flailing away frantically over the shooting in Arizona, Butch Jackson, the Cafe's primary researcher of some local renown, decided to dig in and report, "While there have been approximately 20 assassination attempts against U.S. presidents, four of which were successful, attacks on members of Congress and local judges are much more rare. There have been only five recorded attempts against members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the attack on Gabrielle Giffords. And two of those five attacks resulted from disputes between representatives (one of which was a duel in 1838). But there are also many more threats voiced against public officials, which should never be ignored. The majority are issued by what we call lone wolves — individuals acting on their own rather than with a group according to the Stratfor Research Group in Austin."
"Now, not only are dumb dumbs blaming people like Palin for the shooting, but they are screaming for legislation to protect our legislators. Even people like Bill O'Reilly can't help but join the noise. He says we just don't have enough US Marshalls to do the job, so let's make government bigger. Typical! What is unbelievable, yet typical, most calling for increasing the government;s size and regulation don't even know who is charged with the task of protecting our Congress-folks. Again Stratfor says, 'A little known fact is that the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) is the agency in charge of safeguarding congressional officials not only inside the perimeter of the Capitol grounds, which includes the House and Senate office buildings and the Library of Congress, but also when those officials are traveling. The USCP has its own protection division to analyze and investigate threats against members of Congress. Based on threat assessments, this division can assign teams for countersurveillance and security whenever and wherever a representative or senator travels. The USCP is also responsible for liaison with local law enforcement in order to ensure some level of security even when there is no identifiable threat.'
'In the case of any scheduled public appearance, protocol should require congressional staff members to notify the USCP, whose liaison unit will then alert local law enforcement, including city, county and state police, depending on the event. At this point, we don’t know why there was no police presence at Giffords’ event on Jan. 8. It appears that the event was announced the day before, according to a press release on her website. The Pima County Sheriff’s office has said it was not given prior notification of the event.'
Stratfor thinks there are security methods that can be effective. 'We need not think of a security detail being a scrum of uniformed police officers surrounding a public official. Instead, plainclothes protective intelligence teams assigned to countersurveillance as well as physical protection can be interspersed within crowds and positioned at key vantage points, looking for threatening individuals. They are invisible to the untrained eye and do not hinder a politician’s contact with the public. Moreover, a minimal police presence can deter attackers or make them more identifiable as they become nervous and they can stop individual attackers after the first shots are fired.' So we have the organization and resources to do the job. Now the people making noise should get out of the way, and those responsible should just make the system work and make changes if needed."
"Good report, Butch," weighed in Billy Roy. "As usual I agree with the Ronald Reagan quote that Sarah Palin used this week, 'We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty instead of the law breaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is responsible for his actions'. Certainly these 'Lone Wolf' situations are not reasons to indict our society and our country. Even Obama, in one of his better speeches since his campaign when he was again going to 'bring us all together', was calling on Americans to change. Why do the acts of a wacko in Arizona call for a change in all of America? Sounds like another one of Obama's 'transformations' to me. You have to hand it to the guy, he never let's up in pushing his agenda that being that America is screwed up and must be transformed by the government."
This report from the Cafe coupled with our sorrow over the loss of the precious nine year old girl in Arizona reminded me of another Reagan quote, “We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.” This week it was reported that we did not protect the lives of 1,400,000 children who were aborted in the year 2008 alone. Also, in that number is the fact that up to 60% of all black pregnancies in urban areas end in abortion. It seems to me that if we could get as concerned about our unborn children as we are about our "rhetoric" that we might find more favor from the Man Above.
Again, it was Reagan who said "that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free."
Fighting for freedom is repealing Obamacare, reducing the size of government, killing cap and trade, protecting marriage, and defeating terrorism. Mark my word, Obama's idea of 'coming together' is starting next week for the Republican House to fall in behind him and the Democratic Senate and compromise away a Free America.
Think about it,