In the Know – Square Brackets

By Patricia L Johnson

My husband brought the mail in this afternoon and I was surprised to see an envelope from U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). I receive a lot of ‘political type’ mail but what was so unusual about this envelope is it was addressed to my husband.

Curiosity got the best of me and as I looked at the envelope further I could literally feel my blood pressure rising at an unprecedented rate. On the front of the envelope was the following statement, in size 18 font:


When you are quoting someone it is permissible to insert your own comments [in brackets] to make it easier for the reader to understand the quotation.  In this illustration the inserted words were “To Ban Guns”, which were simply not spoken by the President.  It is also customary when you leave words out of a quote to indicate the omission with the following … the ellipsis [three equally spaced points] indicates to the reader that the quotation is not complete.

The inserted text was not meant to make the material easier to read, but to distort what was being said by the President of the United States.

The words used were taken from President Obama’s December 16, 2012 speech at the memorial service for the victims of the Newtown Connecticut massacre. The entire paragraph reads as follows:

“In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.  Because what choice do we have?  We can’t accept events like this as routine.  Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?  Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”

Who would have the audacity to intentionally distort comments from a memorial service for children – why none other than our own U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The correspondence was sent out under the name of Senator Rand Paul, but we know Senator Paul is from KY and this mailing came from “Senator Rand Paul” with a post office box address in Fredericksburg VA.

Further research indicates this post office belongs to none other than the National Association for Gun Rights, a first cousin to the NRA. The inside of the package contains a two-page blurb written by Senator Paul, on mock Senate letterhead, indicating how critical it is to act immediately to protect the Second Amendment. Included was a full color photo of President Obama with their new and improved quotation from his speech. Paul goes on to explain the reason he agreed to help the National Association for Gun Rights fight back to stop the gun ban is because “They’re tough. They’re principled. And they know how to win.”

Senator Rand Paul and the NAGR are superior LIARS, a disgrace to the U.S. Senate, the Second Amendment and the entire country.

© 2013 Patricia L Johnson


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