Last year at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama said this:
And when I talk about shared responsibility, it's because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it's hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I'm willing to give something up as somebody who's been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that's going to make economic sense.As Right Wing Watch noted:
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that "for unto whom much is given, much shall be required."
... right-wing leaders and Republicans [were] outraged, with Sen. Orrin Hatch lashing out about it on the Senate floor and Rep. Phil Gingrey walking out in protest while Ralph Reed, of all people, [said] that Obama went "over the line" ...So one should never politicize a National Prayer Breakfast, according to the right? Oh, no -- right-wingers can politicize a National Prayer Breakfast all they want. A National Review columnist praised another speaker at the same breakfast, biographer Eric Metaxas, for lashing into the president. Metaxas effectively compared Obama to the devil:
... [Metaxas's] clever wit and punchy humor barely disguised a series of heat-seeking missiles that were sent, intentionally or not, in the commander-in-chief's direction....It happened again at yesterday's breakfast, when another speaker attacked the president with a series of right-wing talking points:
Standing no more than five feet from Obama whose binder had a speech chock full of quotes from the Good Book, Metaxas said of Jesus:
"When he was tempted in the desert, who was the one throwing Bible verses at him? Satan. That is a perfect picture of dead religion. Using the words of God to do the opposite of what God does. It's grotesque when you think about it. It's demonic."
Joining President Barack Obama at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast was Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins Hospital. For 25 minutes at the breakfast, Carson fearlessly articulated a series of conservative principles and reform proposals.Can you imagine if a liberal had dared to do this to George W. Bush, especially back when the right thought he was both a potential fifth face on Rushmore and God's emissary on earth?
After attacking politically correct speech as "dangerous" and a "horrible thing," Carson turned to education. He discussed the scholarship program he manages which is directed at troubled youth. Carson said that education was the key to avoiding the fate suffered by ancient Rome. "Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibly -- they destroyed themselves," Carson said.
"Our deficit is a big problem," Carson [said]. "Think about it -- our national debt -- $16 and a half trillion dollars."
"What about our taxation system? So complex. There is no one who can possibly comply with every tax issue," he said....
He said God expects a flat tithe which is perfectly proportional at 10 percent -- applied to government, that would be a flat tax.
"Well some people say, 'well that’s not fair,' because it doesn't hurt the guy who made 10 billion dollars," Carson said, anticipating the counterargument. "Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put $1 billion in the pot. We don't hurt him....."
No -- it's fine to disrespect a Democratic president at the breakfast. The Washington Times says so. So do Fox Nation and Glenn Beck's Blaze and Michelle Malkin's Twitchy and all the other folks who would have been jackbooted respect-for-the-presidency cops if a Republican had been the principal guest at that breakfast.
I know, I know -- IOKIYAR. But this is an especially shameless example of that.