The recent tragic shooting of Gabby Giffords (Dem.) of Arizona has brought the Wailing Teeth-Gnashing Hysterical Left out in full force!!! At the time of writing this, nobody really knows why Jared Loughner did it. He said some stupid stuff on the Internet, and to me he just sounds nuts, but the Left has already tried and convicted the Republicans and the Right, including Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, and Fox News.
For some, tragedies are times when people ask questions. For others, tragedies are a time to refrain from asking questions, lest we further anger the “gods” and a time to blame those who do ask questions for the tragedy. This is rooted very deep in the human psyche.
Sir James George Frazer wrote a book about the Golden Bough, saying about the King (government):
In those days the divinity that hedges a king was no empty form of speech, but the expression of a sober belief. Kings were revered, in many cases not merely as priests, that is, as intercessors between man and god, but as themselves gods, able to bestow upon their subjects and worshippers those blessings which are commonly supposed to be beyond the reach of mortals, and are sought, if at all, only by prayer and sacrifice offered to superhuman and invisible beings. Thus kings are often expected to give rain and sunshine in due season, to make the crops grow, and so on.The Golden Bough
While this imposed a responsibility on those in power, one can only guess at the fate of those who questioned the authority and majesty of the king. Probably human sacrifice. Treason is still a capital offense even in the United States.
Soooo, after the shooting we hear from Michael Smerconish, that this tragedy is just what happens because of all the disagreement with the “administration.”
No matter how it began, or what motivations may exist, we should all be able to agree that the current political climate is unhealthy, counterproductive, and eerily dangerous. And those critics of any administration, the many reasonable Americans with truly patriotic motivations, can always benefit from a reminder that it takes just one unreasonable actor, incited by some illogical notion that he acts in the name of saving the republic, to truly threaten that state.That does sound reasonable at first. But Michael Smerconish in that same editorial adds:
But there’s also little doubt that some of the vehemence directed at the president is racially motivated. It can’t be proven, and it can’t be quantified. But logic dictates that if the protests are driven entirely by worries over the expanded reach of government and increased federal deficit, there would have been signs of similar agitation during the Bush administration.Thoughts on Yesterday
Interesting. Let’s all play nice. Let’s lower the rhetoric. And by the way, (BTW) people who disagree with Obama are RACISTS!!!
It is ironic that one of the last things Gabby Giffords did was read these words out loud the day before the shooting:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.For those who don’t know, that is the First Amendment, which protects our right to criticize government and speak our minds. Oh, I hope the crops don’t fail this year!!!