I hesitated for a long time debating with myself whether to write this, but as time went on, writing it won, so here is a ‘get it off my chest’ blog about the atrocity that is the shameless political use of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Arizona involving Dem. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I’ll go through some points, then have a comment on something curiously missing from the debate.
Now is probably the time to say that while I would rate myself much more conservative than anything else, I have no personal or professional allegience to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, or any other conservative commentator or politician, and certainly do not always agree with their views, though sometimes I do.
As soon as the shooting occurred, a host of hypocrites who apparently cared little about the victims, and more about not wasting a good tragedy, started blaming everyone from Sarah Palin, to any other conservative for prompting the action. They also clearly wanted to imply that it is only conservatives that voice such things. It was nuts, and thankfully, most of the nation has said so, but here are just a couple of thoughts:
Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, nor any other conservative made this deranged nut in Arizona do this. Got it? He had threatened a host of people in the past, having nothing to do with politics. This guy acted on his own.
Just to preserve a little balance, check out this diatribe from a Democrat who said a GOP governor should be shot. Still think this is a one-sided political discourse? There are plenty more examples out there.
Also, the ignorant hypocrites who say they want more political ‘tone-down’ can be directly attributed to the host of death threats that Sarah Palin, Limbaugh, and other Tea Party members are now receiving. Which side of their mouths would they like to speak from next?
Then come the gun control extremists. Again, not wanting to waste a tragedy. Well let’s look a little deeper into the Arizona situation.
This sheriff Dupnik, (or is it Dipstick?) not only showed his political side, but just may be have been covering his own rear end. It seems after some investigation that Dupnik knew Jared Loughner. Loughner had been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When the Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved. One source said it may have been because Loughner had a relative working at the sheriff’s office. I have no idea.
I do have an idea of the end result. If the sheriff had arrested Loughner, and pursued charges, including felonies, Loughner would never have been able to purchase the gun he used in the killings. Should the sheriff be held accountable? The sheriff was well aware of the political discourse, and apparently felt Loughner wasn’t a threat. How did he become a threat after the fact?
Do we want to tone down the political rhetoric? Then let’s have the decency and ownership to say it needs to happen from all corners. But let’s also note that rhetoric or not, and though it would be very beneficial to have a more reasonable discourse, nobody caused this madman in Arizona to perpetrate these terrible acts, and anybody trying to score political points at the expense of the lives of those lost and injured, should have their values checked. It is amazing the blinders that can be placed on agenda-driven issues.
Oh, that item curiously missing from all the political exchange? Thankfully, it appears Rep. Giffords is improving. Funny you have to hear that from general sources, not the idiots trying to score political points. I have no doubt I probably don’t share many of Rep. Giffords political views, though I may be surprised. But I do pray for her complete recovery. And I also pray for the victims who did not survive and their families. Another tragedy has been that apparently a few (not all) of the victims, have joined the chorus of trying to blame someone other than Loughner for their pain. I hope they wake up soon.
There is a bottom line here. We are people, let’s start acting like it.