It’s become pretty obvious that here in America we can politicize anything. No right-leaning American can speak out against something without being a racist, bigot, intolerant, ignorant, or just plain crazy. It’s a great tactic used by the left for years; and why not? It works.
Americans can’t speak out against terrorism without being called an “Islamiphobe” or can’t disagree with gay marriage without being referred to as “intolerant” or “hateful”…and people believe it. It’s been a sound strategy.
On Saturday, January 8th, a man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on a group of people, starting with a gunshot to the head of one Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. When the dust had settled, 6 were dead, and 12 others were injured. One of them being a little girl named Christina Greene. She was only 9 years old.
I would like to say that when the news broke Americans everywhere put aside their differences and joined each other in mourning, prayer, or even united in their rage that someone like this can do something. Sadly, I can’t.
Before the blood had dried, the left had seized on the story and began casting stones. Sarah Palin was blamed for her map of districts with targets on them, a graphic to be used as focal points for elections. The tea party and other right wing groups were blamed for their “violent rhetoric”. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York has a new gun control bill in the works.
There are no tragedies in politics, only advantages.
I find it sad that throughout this entire ordeal, rarely the dead were mentioned in the media unless they were being taken advantage of. There are mourning families and friends and yet their grief is the handle by which to wield the sword.
The fact is this: Jarod Lee Loughner was a nutcase. He blames Bush for 9/11, he thinks the Mars rover landing was faked, and I’m willing to bet from his love of The Communist Manifesto and Hitler’s Mein Kampf that he’s not much for America either. This is further backed by his “favoriting” a video on YouTube of a man burning the American flag. He was rejected by the military and his own college told him he couldn’t return until a psychiatrist cleared him as mentally stable.
He also has a thing for mind control.
I can play politics with this all day. I can throw out laundry lists of actual violent rhetoric from the left, or pictures depicting the murder of right wing politicians, or books about how to assassinate George W. Bush. I could quote from Francis Fox Piven, or show you the “revolutionary” books by which many left wing politicians claim they learned much from.
But will that solve anything in the end? Does the blame game really ever result with the solution to the problem? It seems to me that we’ve ignored the elephant in the room. People are dead at the hands of a madman currently sitting in jail, awaiting trial. Sarah Palin didn’t put the gun into Jared’s hands, the Tea Party didn’t help him aim the weapon, and 9 year old Christina Greene didn’t ask to be shot.
The right wing groups need to shield themselves against the mud being thrown their way, but at the same time, let’s not get wrapped up in the return fire. We’re better than that. Instead let’s continue to offer up our thoughts and prayers. Defend yourself and your peers, but don’t sink down to the level of seeking out political footholds and talking point advantages. Punish the criminal who’s at fault, but don’t lash out at those who point the fingers.
May God watch over the victims and the afflicted. I pray that Representative Giffords makes a speedy and full recovery, and may God have mercy on the soul of Jared Loughner, though it pains me to say that.