One of the things that is true of the Left is that it is generally guilty of great selectivity when applying those things it claims are absolute.
I could note their selective absolutism on discrimination (except for affirmative action), the right to keep medical care between patient and doctor (but only for abortion -- ObamaCare will bring government into every other medical decision), free speech (except for speech the Left dislikes) and freedom of religion (you WILL buy birth control for your employees and do gay marriages or lose your tax exemption!).
And apparently that selective application of absolute principles applies to the parents of public servants who are killed in the line of duty.
Back in 2005, Maureen Dowd declared, regarding Cindy Sheehan, that "the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute." Of course, the mere fact that Ms. Sheehan did not speak for the overwhelming majority of mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, or sisters and brothers of those who have died fighting the various terrorist groups seeking to impose radical Islam on the rest of the world didn't detract from Sheehan's "absolute moral authority" -- the White House was obliged to accommodate her and tailor policy to her demands.
Of course, Sheehan's "absolute moral authority" was conceded by the Left only until the Democrats took control of Congress and Sheehan began applying the same standards to emocrats that she did to Republicans -- and she was dismissed as a crazy old auntie in the attic once she began to criticize Barack Obama. After all, "absolute" is a relative term to the Left.
Jump forward seven years, to 2012. Barack Obama and Eric Holder are stonewalling on the release of documents related to the Operation Fast & Furious gunrunning scheme. The media is doing its best to avoid covering the story of what is going on -- and when they do cover it, the present it as a political witch hunt. Who is not being heard? The parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed using the guns that the Obama Department of Justice allowed into the hands of criminals.
The parents of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry accused the Obama administration of “lying” and “hiding something” about the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, which was linked to the 2010 killing of their son.
“I think they are hiding something. I think they are lying and they are hiding… big time. Passing the buck,” Ken Terry said on Fox’s “Hannity” on Thursday evening. “I got a gut feeling on that. I just know that they are hiding something big. Something happened out there, and worse than what we know.”
“Eric Holder has been before Congress so many times. And [from] the first couple times you can tell there’s something being hid, and there’s something not being said. After a while you feel like throwing the TV through the front window because you get tired of hearing the constant lies,” said Josephine Terry.
Brian Terry’s December 2010 death – linked to firearms traced to the ATF’s Fast and Furious program – was the incident that brought the operation into public scrutiny.
Unlike Sheehan, who actually had a meeting with President Bush within weeks of her son's death in Iraq, Ken and Josephine Terry have never been granted a meeting with President Obama or Attorney General Holder. Holder sent the couple a flaccid condolence letter, and Obama placed a phone call to them shortly before their son's funeral -- but failed to mention Fast & Furious or explain that the gun used to kill their son came from a botched operation of the Justice Department.
The parents of this slain law enforcement officer have supported the investigation into the program that resulted in their son's death. They have publicly urged Obama and Holder to release the documents that will shed light on their son's death and those responsible for it. Now they are outraged at the stonewalling and cover up that is going on as Obama has tried to shield Holder by invoking executive privilege.
And the news media? They have virtually ignored the Terrys -- just like they ignored Brian Terry's death and the connection to a law enforcement operation gone sour.
After all, supporting these parents of a slain law enforcement officer who just want the truth about their son's death and proper punishment meted out to those who are responsible for it could reflect badly on an administration that so many in the press are invested in seeing succeed -- unlike what we saw in 2005, when the media was more than willing to use a grief-stricken mother to tear down a president they opposed.
And we certainly haven't heard the liberal media establishment arguing that Ken and Josephine Terry have "absolute moral authority" that needs to be deferred to by an administration that is arguably responsible for their son's murder -- because once again, that which the Left declares to be an absolute principle must fall by the wayside when it becomes inconvenient to the accomplishment of what they have decided is a higher goal (like reelecting Obama).
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