We have yet to hear a single New Hampshire politico express support for state House Rep. Stella Tremblay following her comments blaming the U.S. government for the Boston Marathon bombing. Party leaders publicly denounced the Auburn Republican, while her fellow travelers on the far right fringe were largely silent. And then there’s Andrew Manuse.
Two days after Tremblay issued a statement offering an apology of a sort, Manuse published “From Stella’s Shoes.” The former House lawmaker from Derry, whose resume includes “generating press releases” and “ghostwriting,” described the document as the apology he would have given if he had been in Tremblay’s shoes.
Like Tremblay, he began with an “if you were offended” apology.
Tremblay: My sincere apologies if I have offended anyone with my comments regarding the Boston Marathon bombing.
Manuse: To those people offended by the insensitivity of my comments regarding the Boston Marathon Bombing: please accept my sincere apology.
Like Tremblay, he ignored her original assertion (the bombing was a government-run “Black Ops ‘terrorist’ attack”), and pretended she had merely questioned government activities after the bombing:
Tremblay: It was out of my sincere desire to question the violated constitutional rights of the residents in Watertown in the name of searching for one fugitive.
Manuse: I understand that some folks are not ready for bold questions meant to provoke thought, particularly when human life and limb are involved so close to home. Following the bombing, many of New Hampshire’s neighbors to the south in Massachusetts had their homes violently invaded by swarms of police officers dressed and outfitted in military gear… .
Like Tremblay, he even compared press coverage of Richard Nixon’s misdeeds to a lack of inquisitiveness by the media concerning the government’s alleged role in the bombing:
Tremblay: President Richard Nixon was impeached when the media asked the tough questions. Inquisitiveness is only natural when the media is not doing their jobs.
Manuse: At the time that President Richard Nixon resigned, the media did their job to uncover his corruption by asking the tough questions. Inquisitiveness is essential in a free society, and it is only natural when our press is no longer free to do their jobs as in our present situation.
And like Tremblay, he concludes with a warning of a dystopian future:
Tremblay: When we give up our ‘liberties’ in the name of safety, we truly have agreed to be enslaved.
Manuse: What would be even more tragic than the Boston Marathon Bombing, 9/11 or any horrible event like them is an all-encroaching federal government that controls our every move and watches our every breath. … Our future could be quite bleak.