In the last twenty four hours or so I have found myself filled with a mix of grief and absolute frustration by the events in Arizona and the subsequent attempts to assign blame.
The events of Saturday were an indefensible tragedy! Everyone from a Federal judge to a nine year old little girl lost their lives. “May light perpetual shine upon them.” But there is no political lesson here.
I have heard commentators and guests on twenty- four hour news networks wax eloquent on how the political discourse is too loud and rancorous for the American people.
One local AZ official went so far as to call for voices on the radio to soften their tone! So let’s get a couple of things straight right now: First off this was not a political act. The assailant was not a tea party member or a ditto head. Nor was he a move on.org contributor or an acorn worker.
He was just a delusional head case who read things like Mien Kampf and the Communist Manifesto before drifting off to sleep at night. He hated this country, as well as religious faith, and his YouTube vids are full of incoherent rambling that would have confused Friedrich Nietzsche.
Secondly The American people are not the impressionable dolts that many in government and the media seem to think we are.
To listen to the self- righteous officials on television one would think that the electorate was filled with voices and individuals who are so tenuously balanced that they could simply erupt at any time. I guess I just think more of the American people than that!
We can distinguish what is often heated (and even necessary) debate, from the senseless ravings of a madman. I for one am not that easily manipulated thank you very much!
At the end of the day I reaffirm my position that Jared Lee Loughner was / is neither a liberal nor a conservative; that would require at least an ounce of humanity, something that clearly must be lacking in anyone who would deliberately kill a ten year old at point blank range.
So a parting word to all those who are waiting in the wings to assign political blame for this travesty, and believe me, they are out there: let the politics rest! Don’t try to use this terrible event as a “teachable moment!” There’s nothing to learn from this stupidity. There’s only sadness. Just let the people grieve.