January 9, 2012, - 1:04 pm

Gabby Giffords Shooting Anniversary Psycho-Babble: Obama-Inspired BS About a 9-Year-Old

By Debbie Schlussel

If you were paying attention to the mainstream media yesterday or today, you learned that it was time to pay great homage to the most important event in U.S. history–the shooting of Gabby Giffords.  Neither 9/11 nor the attack on Pearl Harbor nor America’s birth as a nation gets the attention or faux-philosophy and psychobabble that this minor event at an Arizona strip mall garners.  And, now, to add to the psychobabble is a book by the parents of the late Christina-Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl who died in the shootings.

I feel sorry for the parents of this girl, that they lost their daughter very young.  But their maudlin media tour, as it has unfolded over the last few days, is absurd.  Somebody has to have the guts to say it, but no one will . . . except me.  I was in barf mode as I was lectured, via a report on “Nightline,” that I could learn a lot of lessons from this dead nine-year-old.  Reality check:  nope.  Sorry, but this is a nine-year-old kid who had the misfortune of getting shot when going to meet her Congresswoman.  There is nothing to be learned here, as much as the parents, desperately  seeking to make her life not lived as meaningful as one lived is, want to make it so.  The drivel and BS is so thick, it’s like bad dressing they drown your salad with at a cheap restaurant.  You can’t taste anything but rancid oil and stale garlic.  And you just wanna get outta there.

You know who I blame for this?  Barack Hussein Obama.  It’s Obama, as you’ll recall, at his campaign stop costumed as a memorial, who told us how he wanted an America “as good as she [Christina-Taylor Green] imagined.”  Puh-leeze.  I need my country to live up to what some naive nine-year-old–no matter how perspicacious they claim she was–wanted?  The problem with America is that far too many of us (especially those supposed to be running the place) are living it as if we’re living up to starry-eyed nine-year-old liberals and not responsible adults.  And the Green parents have continued with the psycho-babble disguised as mourning.  Their new book, “As Good As She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson, Christina-Taylor Green,” is taken from that silly Obama campaign/”memorial” speech.  Here’s a tip, America: if you are anyone other than a close friend or relative of the Green family (or a book reviewer) and you spend money and/or time on this book, you have no life (and you’re probably a moron).  Zero. The book has 227 pages . . . about a nine-year-old! It’s gotta be double-spaced with wide margins. Clearly, there is a lot of fertilizer contained therein.

Many parents in America lose their children. It’s tragic. But the appropriate behavior is to mourn quietly and move on with life. It’s not to get an agent, write a book, do a media tour, and start a meaningless foundation, as the Green parents are doing. Their daughter didn’t die of an unusual illness that needs attention. She didn’t die of something that parents need to be made aware of so it doesn’t happen to their kids. Her parents’ psychobabblish gobbledygook book and media tour won’t save a single kid from death or serve to highlight any cause. There is no reason for them to start a Christina-Taylor Green industry, except their apparent need for attention. It’s garish . . . and annoying. They tell us that their daughter might have been a doctor or, even, President of the United States. She might also have been a housekeeper, a pot smoker, a college drop-out, or all three (no disrespect to housekeepers, but you get the point). They don’t say that, though, because we are all supposed to worship at the synthetic throne of this dead nine-year-old like she’s still some sort of oracle or god. She wasn’t. And she isn’t.  She’s not a heroine.  She did nothing heroic.  She’s simply a victim of a tragic event.  Nothing more and not worthy of the myth that’s now being forced down our throats.

The father of this girl tells at least one of the TV interviewers that the death penalty for his daughter’s killer won’t bring his daughter back. Well, guess what? Your need to make me hear you gab on and on about how your nine year old will inspire me and teach me how to live my life won’t bring her back, either. Judge John M. Roll, a federal judge trying to get tough on the illegal alien problem, was murdered at the same event. His message and achievements are far more inspiring than those of this girl whose life hadn’t yet begun. And yet there are no book, no media tour, no “The View,” “Today,” and “Nightline” interviews for his relatives about the problem of illegal aliens clogging Arizona’s federal courthouses. It’s apparently not as sexy as a tabula rasa nine-year-old on whose image the whole liberal BS of the Obama administration and the left-wing ethos can be painted. Either that, or the judge’s family simply has more class than this.

Again, it’s tragic that this innocent, young girl was murdered and that two parents lost their beloved child.  But what ever happened to mourning quietly? Sadly, that’s no longer the world in which we live because people like Roxana and John Green can’t resist their fifteen minutes . . . and turning somebody that might have been but never was into some sort of saintly miracle worker who never existed.

Watch this video for more of the utter BS–a modern version of the nine-year-old dead empress’ “new clothing.”

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37 Responses

Debbie – I believe you are being a little too hard on the little girl’s parents. How can someone question the way parents choose to deal with the death of their child?

Yes what they are doing is nonsense and should not be encouraged in the least. However the problem is with those who encourage and provide an audience for this material. They should know better.

By the way, I feel the same about Cindy Sheehan.

I_AM_ME on January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    She is not too harsh. Debbie has expressed empathy for the family and the child. However, that does not excuse the parents from trying to cash in on their daughter’s death either directly or indirectly. Mourning one’s loss privately is the appropriate response to a loss after an appropriate period of time. It is rather grotesque to use one’s deceased daughter for such a purpose.

    Worry01 on January 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Debbie nails it again.

      Apparently these pushy parents were grooming their daughter for greatness and the fact that she was killed isn’t going to stop them in their drive for fame.

      Talk about living through your child.
      I wonder how much of the girl’s political prodigism was parent generated?

      lexi on January 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Well put I am Me. I too would cut the parents some slack. If they hadn’t been badgered by the liberal exploiters, they may very well have grieved in private and moved on. But don’t blame them for succumbing to the exploiters b.s. Who wouldn’t want to try and find meaning in their 9 year old’s tragic death. The fact that your precious child’s death was nothing more than a meaningless tragedy would be hard to deal with. The real blame lies with the liberal policies of the Warren court that closed down all our mental asylums and removing from local governments the tool to deal with mental defects like Loughner.

    hansome on January 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

“The book has 227 pages . . . about a nine-year-old! It’s gotta be double-spaced with wide margins.”

Just as I thought. You didn’t even read the book. ROTFL!

Kiko on January 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Let’s be honest: only a moron would read this “book.”

    lexi on January 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

Debbie, you just don’t get it. If being a community organizer qualifies someone to be President of the USA, being 9 years old alone qualifies her for Beatification.

Obama set the precedent (no pun intended) for taking glory for doing nothing, as and this is more of the same. It all boils down to the self-steam movement – “you are great just because you are great and accomplishment mean nothing”. I bet the girl’s parents didn’t keep score at her soccer games.

Fred Taub on January 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I_AM_ME: “How can someone question the way parents choose to deal with the death of their child?”

I don’t think Debbie’s being hard on the parents. If they want to build an alter to her in their back yard and do rain dances in her memory, that’s none of my business. But they’ve put this out in the public forum, and I agree it’s tacky and garish. Grief makes people do funny things – I hardly think publishing a book telling people they could learn a lot from a 9 year old is legitimately one of those things.

KerryB29 on January 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Yes, Barack Obama’s domestic agenda seems as if it was designed by a nine year old. George Soros as a 9 year old.

The tragedy of Tucson is that the ACLU prevents mentally ill people from being treated involuntarily in an adequate fashion. It is just one of the evil things the ACLU does. Those deaths are directly related to the ACLU.

Occam's Tool on January 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Putting this nine year old child on a pedestal is as meaningful of the worship heaped on drunken Hollywood sluts and their consorts. In other words we pay attention to all the wrong things and neglect that which is really important.

Jerry on January 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I agree with you 1000 percent, Debbie.

At one time in America, we celebrated achievement. Now, we wallow in tragedy, putting up a memorial at every site where someone dies in a train accident, is hit by a car, or is run over by a pickle truck. We replay WWII celebrations and tapes whenever we want to actually celebrate a victory, because that is the last time we wone a war. We are getting just as addle brained as the British.

Yes, a nine year old died, but an accomplished judge died, and no one cares. The nine year old was…a nine year old.
Obama chose this nine year old because he knows hw is dealing with a nation of simpletons, just like himself. He also did not want to acknowledge a smart CONSERVATIVE jurist. Now, if that judge was a left handed black lesbian eskimo who was a paraplegic with communist sympathies, well, that would have been another story. That poor judge would then have become the dead standard bearer of Obama.

Jonathan E. Grant on January 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Yessir, just like in the 80s, we were treated to media hyperbole about what we could “learn” from the 10-year-old Samantha Smith who wrote the Russian Communist killers a litter (opps I mean letter) about how we should all work for peace.

A little commie stooge.

‘And I wonder how much coaching and money these parents now are getting from the Democrats, just like Herman Cain’s accusers. But I guess watching Oprah has increased the gullibility so much that there is always new round for the Dems to plow.

Little Al on January 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

If the touchy-feely leadership pushed by the mainstream powers- that- be were not the norn but an anomaly, Debbie’s post, perhaps, couldn’t be justified. But the perniciousness of this out of whack perspective fed to and voraciously lapped up by masses of Americans begs for the look given it by the post.
While endless focus is devoted to such pap, scant( in the mainstream) attention is lent to the strip-mining of so much of what’s made this country great and has kept it strong.
I salute Debbie’s courage in submitting this tough piece. Hell, I haven’t even the courage to forward it.

lee on January 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Beginning with Carter, and accelerating under Clinton and Obama, the whole nation began wearing a skirt, and needing smelling vapors everytime some sort of tragedy occurred.

We have gone from a manly can do nation to a bunch of simpering wussies.

Jonathan E. Grant on January 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Debbie, you should realize that it is traumatic for parents to lose a child whether its by a disease or a cold-blooded murder. I feel that the victim’s parents are trying to promote activism that could prevent despicable, heinous, brutal crimes against children (or anyone else for that matter). But I do agree with you it’s not right for parents to use this tragedy to gain publicity like Cindy Sheehan.

Matthew on January 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm


    These attention whore parents are promoting activism alright – actively lining their pockets with cash for their dead daughters misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These people are actively scumbags.

    MRobs on January 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I totally agree with DS on this! If a Congresswoman hadn’t been involved & this little girl was just shot by a loon, then there wouldn’t be a book deal or TV interviews or anything. They’d be just another family mourning the loss of a loved one. Having lost my beloved husband to a brain injury due to a motorcycle accident, I can agree that the progress Giffords has made is miraculous. However, I didn’t have access to helicopters to transfer my husband to the nearest hospital or money to enable him to get the treatment he SHOULD’VE had that may have enabled him to be living and here with me today (simply because I nor he wasn’t a Congressman/woman). Hard for me to be really sympathetic in that aspect and unfortunately, I had to grieve within myself all these years and didn’t profit from the sales of a book to get me by financially. Maybe it’s not too late, but I think that my late husband would feel I am classier than that….

      Connie Davis on January 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

All this hooey from the media over Gabby Giffords and this 9 year old girl is because liberals were shot at and sadly a child of liberal parents was killed. Had it been a Repub senator that was shot and a conservative family’s child killed the media wouldn’t even run the story or they would be dancing in the streets for joy. What else would liberal parents due other than try to rake in fame and fortune over their loss – typical liberal behavior. Shame on these parents for this transparent attention whore behavior.

MRobs on January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

DS: “You know who I blame for this? Barack Hussein Obama.”

Well, he did “write” his autobiography before he’d accomplished anything, and long before most of us had heard of the guy. Like Obama, they’re just creating another narrative.

There are more dignified ways of honoring those who pass before their time. On my last visit to Safed in Israel I passed a simple memorial garden along a residential street, put up by a family noting the death of their 26-year old son. A sign noting his passing reads:

“Brought joy and beauty to our lives in the short time he was with us
May this garden bring beauty and joy to the people of Zefat [Safed]
and be a reminder of the blessing that was his presence”

I never knew the young man but I was moved by this simple gesture. Manufactured remembrance like that of the Greens, despite promotion by their media acolytes, provokes a very different reaction.

Raymond in DC on January 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Incredibly great article by Debbie. And she’s right – Debbie is the only one in the media with the courage to point out the multiple frauds, exploitations and obtuse, offensive treacle that is being passed off under the guise of sympathy or “healingteaching”.

Debbie is right up there among the most important Americans such as Patrick Henry in our Nation’s entire history.

I salute you, Debbie.

DS_ROCKS! on January 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I want to thank Little Al for the Samantha Smith reference. That was a name from the past that brought it all back home. It proves how disgustingly maudlin the media can be (and I was prolly the age of Samantha Smith at the time when she first became a household name and now when I look back in retrospect, it is EMBARRASSING how the media tries to manipulate). So disgusting!

It reminds me the book written about the religious girl AFTER Columbine. Please read “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. The read is not only fascinating but also proves that what one heard about Columbine in the media was 99% UNTRUE. Including that book on that girl. But that did not stop the family. It’s tragic all around.

But I think mostly this book will not be a best-seller. I agree with DS. I am glad she said it because someone has to.

If there is a book to be written about the Giffords and other victims shooting, it should be about how the media and the disgraceful Leftists tried to use the tragedy to gain and to demonize. THAT is a book Americans should read.

And I wanna thank JEG for the pickle truck reference. This topic makes me so friggen’ angry, it was good to have some stealth levity tucked into a response.

Skunky on January 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Well, mourning privately doesn’t bring in much money, see…

As shameful as this attempt to cash in may be, I’m personally more sick of seeing propaganda reports about Giffords out of the mainstream media every other hour. I hope for her continued recovery, but it does no justice to what she’s accomplished for the media to spread these lies about some abnormally active endeavor, some profound and complicated oration that she has made, and her continuous desire to serve her Arizona constituents… Yeah, maybe I’ll believe it when she loses the mental-patient haircut.

What bothers me the most about it all is the fact that she has the opportunity to be a role model for those who have suffered head injury. Every seemingly small accomplishment really is something major, and an honest report could be an inspiration for those with simple aims such as going to the bathroom without need of assistance, or speaking at all coherently. Nevertheless, the left can’t allow the truth to stand as what it is. Not when there is a Congressional seat to be held at any cost, a phony narrative to be created, and the potential to use the fake story to push some crooked political aim in the future. They did it with Brady, and they’ll gladly do it again.

Brian R. on January 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Add me to the list of those who agrees 1000% with what Debbie wrote.

Two things that Debbie wrote that I want to highlight:

1) “Here’s a tip, America: if you are anyone other than a close friend or relative of the Green family (or a book reviewer) and you spend money and/or time on this book, [“As Good As She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson, Christina-Taylor Green,”] you have no life (and you’re probably a moron). Zero.”

2) “Watch this video for more of the utter BS–a modern version of the nine-year-old dead empress’ ‘new clothing.'”

Watched it. And Roger that on both statements.

Also, excellent comments by those who agrees with with post.

JeffE on January 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

My final sentence should read:

“Also, excellent comments by those who agrees with this post.”

JeffE on January 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

JeffE on January 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Time will tell, but I suspect the souless heartless fiends in the media are not done with this girl yet.

Brian on January 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

Gabby who? (Honestly, call me clueless, but I never heard of her)

Infidel on January 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

There are not lessons to be learned or pondered. As stated here, there was no illness or child neglect involved here. There are young people gunned down everyday in the United States, but they and their families do not receive a fraction of the attention this girl has received. It is horrible that this young girl was murdered, but it is in no way a unique event. The media attention is only occurring because of the political potential of the death, including gun control, keeping a congressional in Democratic hands, and taking the illegal alien invasion beneath radar levels.

Worry01 on January 10, 2012 at 7:35 am

Just another photo shoot for the left wing the “little” people do not matter. She knew this person was both violent and going to show up that day and yet did nothing to prevent it. To bad she did not reap what she had sown others had to do that.

Jonathan Gartner on January 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

Killing a child is really bad. Being a parent of a murdered child and exploiting that sad death for profit is just as bad.

Ender on January 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

After I read this I was expecting a tidal wave of troll posts reminiscent of the Lara Logan column that Debbie posted last year. I’m glad to see that it didn’t materialize. It appears that the trolls have learned that their idiotic opinions won’t go unanswered here.

CornCoLeo on January 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

I watched the Gifford soap opera show on a C-span station. There were speeches, an orchestra, a chorus, the only things missing were hOprah and Dr. Phil. I was surprised that the hags from “The View” didn’t put in an “Unscheduled” appearance and sing “How Great Thou Art” while hugging Giffords. It was an event geared to the women who spend their day with Dr. Oz and his ilk. The sad fact is that these cretins vote!

Perhaps we could have one REALLY BIG anniversary show tying in Giffords, Katrina, the deaths of Diana, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, etc?

How about a REAL anniversary program lifting up the veterans who lost life and limb in defense of this country?

Our decline continues…….

Herbster on January 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

Well, I have to bring this up–Giffords isn’t going to run for office again, is she?

lexi on January 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Giffords is already running…..but for the Senate this time. The state run media will sympathize her into office…..after all, who could vote against America’s newest hero?

    I have to ask a question of all who read Debbie’s column……If you had been shot in the state of Arizona as Gofford’s had, do you think you would have had private jets to fly you back and forth to Houston for the world’s best care? Ambulances waithin at your beck and call in Arizona and Texas? Bet you wouldn’t even get a candlelight vigil – the latest moron practice usually reserved for executed murderers. Obama would send you a blue pill…..COD. Remember, in obama’s world, “Everyone is equal, just some are more equal than others!”

    Herbster on January 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Be assured that only because the shooting included a congresswoman who has been all but elevated to sainthood has so much attention been paid. I am sorry for this family. No one deserves to lose a child, but she was that, a child who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Naomi R on January 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    As stated above, “Some are more equal than others.” Good think that government workers will be exempt from the wonderful “Hope and change” known as obamacare. Remember the groundlings in Shakespeare’s day? That’s how our “Betters” look down upon us peons in this day and age. We are only here to serve, support and finance them.

    Herbster on January 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm

We’ve had similar here in Britain over murdered black, Stephen Lawrence.

Google the name then stand ready for the faux gushometer which passes for impartial reporting.

He was killed by a white racist gang, that’s the deal.

Meanwhile blacks who make a one percent proportion of population are responsible for forty percent of gun and knife crime.

That’s how it’s got.

logdon on January 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

debbie is a piece of filth, as is anyone who supports her. dancing on graves and bullying victims.

someone should find you and break your fucking nose

T. Chase on June 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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