Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson0
(We have to have them)
It has been over a week since the tragic murder of six people in Tucson, AZ and we are still obsessed with the political ramifications, the investigations and the jockeying for proper positions by the customary political pundits, politicians, talk show hosts and what was once considered the main stream media, but now only contributes to the partisan rhetoric like all other special interest groups. If it were not so deplorable it would almost be laughable. We’ve finally admitted after scrupulous examination that the tea party and right wing extremists and the NRA and Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck had absolutely nothing to do with this irrational action. It has now been proven that this was the depraved doings of a mentally ill person who had avoided several incidents in the past twenty-four hours for which he should have been examined and incarcerated. But the damage has been done. We are now enduring the predictable calls for more gun control, more regulations on speech or anything else that would allow the usual rhetoricians to jump in front of the microphones in both chambers of Congress. Our President asks for more civility and cooperation between parties (most laudable for which he was lauded). But if we now know that this was in fact the single works of a mad man acting alone why do we need to discuss more cooperation and civility? What does that have to do with this incident? Could it be a subtle reminder that maybe they weren’t guilty this time, but we all know that this is what could happen if we don’t contain this right wing rhetoric? ENOUGH!!! Why can’t we simply thank God for the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who continues to improve in what can only be described as truly a miracle? When one’s only aim is strengthening his/her respective power and job security any crisis cannot be overlooked or ignored but must be used to their greatest benefit. That’s why we need to look at whom we send to do our work and continue to give an opportunity to new people with new ideas. That sounds like a call for term limits doesn’t it? But then you knew that’s where I was headed didn’t you?