We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can

from President Barack Obama – Reaction to the Zimmerman Trial Verdict on Rap Genius

Meaning

In simplest of terms, Barack Obama, like any good politician, is using this incident in order to rally support for some of his causes (namely gun control).

To be fair, President Obama was very courteous and respectful to all in this statement, and did not excessively mention his political agenda, rather, he was very subtle in doing so.

We know in the past, President Obama has taken a very strong stance supporting new regulatory gun control legislation. Whether or not you agree with his position, it is a smart political move to use tragedies like these (and Newtown) in order to further one’s agenda.

Throughout history, we have often seen Presidents use tragedies to further advance their political agenda.

One of the most notorious and infamous cases of this was the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, where President Lyndon B. Johnson essentially lied to congress and the American people to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This resolution gave Johnson the ability to use military force and wage “war” without a declaration of war from congress.

Another example in history of using a tragedy to one’s advantage was the death of John F. Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson, who assumed the office of President upon Kennedy’s death, basically “guilted” congress into passing legislation to “honor Kennedy’s memory”.

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