Why is it that I’m the only 9-12er that actually praises President Obama whenever he does the right thing. Must be my wish to respect the office, I guess.
It’s part of my reaction to the backlash against the Arizona shooting. I can pretty much sum it up with a blog post from The Blaze:
Day 1: Crazy person murders people in Tucson.
Day 1 + 1 minute: Some in the media begin to blame Sarah Palin and demand that she responds.
Day 2: It begins to look like the shooter had nothing to do with Palin. Media still demands Palin respond.
Day 3: Shooter looking to be more insane than ideological. Media still can’t believe that Palin hasn’t responded to something she has nothing to do with.
Day 4: Shooter could care less about politics. Where is Palin? Why won’t she respond?
Day 5: Palin responds via video. Story on NBC Nightly News trots out her “target map” and ties it to Gifford, then shifts to focus on two words of her eight minute video by interviewing people who say she’s anti-Semitic and wondering what this will do for her chances in 2012.
It‘s really hard to believe that Palin doesn’t like the mainstream media more.
That was pretty much what the liberal branch of the media—including countless blogs and blog commenters, have been doing all faricking weekend. (This is why I do not allow Anonymous Posting, which might by why you never see comments here.) And I’m not pinning blame on just the Blues, there’s a lot of Red commenters (mostly Bloggers and Commenters, Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh have been very restrained in their speech. You can criticize what someone’s doing and not flat out wish him or her dead. I mean, save for Fred Phelps—I will not mention his involvement here—I don’t wish anyone ill) who do it to. I really started rewriting Blood and Metal out of what happened in Marvel Comics at that time (Post Civil War) where Captain America—Steve Rogers, not Winter Soldier—was killed on the alter of this toxic political environment which we had ever since November of 2000. His dead corpse was just the peak of a stinking cesspool mountain of towers that remain unrebuilt, Gulf coasts that remain in ruins, a Space Shuttle that’s unreplaced, a border that seems will never be secure, and a countless other ills that plague this country because we are too busy ripping into each other’s throats in the political area and claiming that we’re “Blood Libel” for what we say because some nutcase went on a shooting spree. In fact, I just read on the Firefox ticker that an Arizona Republican Chairman is actually resigning before he’s shot in the street. By a Retaliatory Shooter. Why do I actually see this happening before spring, and why do I dread knowing what will happen?
And then there’s President Obama’s reaction:
Look. You don’t have to like his policies. He might be speaking through his teleprompter. But what he said here in this memorial is pure class:
"At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds…Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding…Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath…But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another."
This is something that needs to be louder than all the finger pointing we’ve been getting since this Saturday. This past weekend, a 9-year-old girl was killed on that same alter as Steve Rogers. If this nation is ever to survive to see the 2012 election, she’s got to be the last.
I put Obama in the first book of BAM for a reason. I hate this toxic environment—from both sides—as much as I detest illiterate congress people voting on bills they refuse to read. I don’t listen to political bashings, and I don’t participate in it. And part of me just wishes that this shit gets stopped before something really terrible happens.
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