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David Hogg Falls Off the Rails

David Hogg Falls Off the Rails
April 04
16:18 2018

Immediately following the Parkland shooting, I used my commentary to send an open letter to David Hogg.  Even at that early stage, I predicted that he would be singled out by the national media to be the face of the tragedy – and he would be well on his way to a later career in television journalism.  But with all that extraordinary opportunity, David faced an enormous responsibility.  In his early statements, he saw himself as a unifier – someone interested in an honest dialogue on all aspects of gun violence.

He spoke of exploring gun controls, gun laws, the mental health issue and physical safety of public venues, especially schools.  Given the avalanche of media attention, it is unlikely that David ever read my open letter to him.  If perchance, he had read it, he certainly did not heed my advice.

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While I praised him for his composure, media savvy and articulateness, I cautioned about being drawn too deeply into the partisan and philosophic debate over guns.  People who take up the most hardline positions on controversial issues rarely serve as unifiers or problem solvers.

In his many media appearances, David pays lip service to wanting to bring people of various opinions together to search for solutions.  His mantra includes assurances that he does not wish to make his cause a matter of Republican or Democrat politics.  Unfortunately, that is exactly what he has done by submitting to the guidance of the anti-gun, anti-NRA lobby.

One cannot bring about unity when you refer to Republican officeholders, including United States senators as murderers, and accuse those who accept NRA contributions or retain NRA memberships as a class of people with blood on their hands.  David’s pretense at non-partisanship crumbles in the face of language and threats that are only directed at Republicans.

Those who have co-opted the passion of these kids are not entirely interested is solving the gun problem.  It is obvious by the partisan language that the goal is to flip the U.S. House, and maybe the Senate, to the Democratic Party.  This will be played out in congressional districts across the nation. Of course, the organizing and town hall meetings will be mostly directed at Republican members of Congress – and the media will disproportionately, if not exclusively, cover anti-Republican demonstrations.

The organizers and sponsors of the events at which David and his friends will appear are attempting to use the tragedy as a shield.  How can anyone criticize kids who suffered such a terrible trauma?  What David did not seem to understand is that if you want to play in the big league, you play by big league rules.  One is never entitled to throw political barbs across the philosophic divide and then plead sympathy and mercy.

We would all like to think that such criticism will be measured and civil, but in politics, folks on the edges get ugly.  I would never condone it but must recognize it as the nature of the political beast – and so should David.

If David was sincere in wanting to reach across the aisle to work on solutions, he certainly got suckered into becoming a divider.  He has allowed himself to be on the edge of a wedge political issue advanced by Democrats for partisan political gain.

David is the reason that adults do not use underage youngsters to front for political causes. While David is one of the faces and voices of the movement, he never led it.  He never organized it.  He never funded it.  He never paid for all that media promotion.  And judging from the shift from conciliatory rhetoric at the onset to his firebrand accusations in these later days, David was more the influenced than the influencer.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. frankieboy
    frankieboy April 05, 13:35

    easy for you to criticize ,,,,as another “divider”…

    What is the SOLUTION you suggest? ( which will unite all of the population? )


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  2. Steve
    Steve April 05, 19:59

    Sounds like some of these kids have more smarts than you do.

    Reply to this comment
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