VIEWPOINT #1: Gabby Giffords, a tragic prophet
Washington Post, By E.J. Dionne Jr. Monday, January 10, 2011
There is one commentator whose words should enlighten us on the meaning of Saturday’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the savage murders that took the lives of, among others, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. The person is Giffords herself.
VIEWPOINT #2: The charlatans’ response to the Tucson tragedy
Washington Post, By George F. Will, Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It would be merciful if, when tragedies such as Tucson’s occur, there were a moratorium on sociology. But respites from half-baked explanations, often serving political opportunism, are impossible because of a timeless human craving and a characteristic of many modern minds.
Phi Beta Iota: Most may be missing an important point regarding on the Arizona shooting. We completely agree that the individual shooter in question was probably set off by the cross-hairs rhetoric, but what we think has been absent in the range of responses to the tragedy in Tucson is the divorce of the two-party system from reality and from the majority of the people. The bailing out of Wall Street with its ten million dollar bonuses, the tens of millions foreclosed and evicted, the 6-12 million long-term unemployed, the 22% current unemployment rate, NONE OF this, from our vantage, is being dealt with responsibly by the government.
The people are not stupid. Putting a banker in charge of Obama’s time and what he sees at the White House is to some a last straw and makes clear what Robert Steele wrote in his quick book, ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig, i.e. President Obama and Congress are far, far too dependent on money and lobbyists and many feel a pox on both their houses.
Sadly, many Americans on both sides of the aisle believe that this is no longer a Republic. The government is busy federalizing state and local police and preparing for the worst. What the government does not realize is that the worst is when our children start speaking of emigrating to Canada or Denmark because they have better governments. That breaks our collective heart. Our government, across the board, has lost a great deal of its integrity. Gandhi had it right on truth and non-violence, but we are coming off so many decades of really ignoring the people, especially the common people and those who are poor or now always struggling to make ends meet, that we should fear for the worst.
Cognitive dissonance is a cancer for any community, however well-intentioned. No one outside of Tom Atlee appears to be addressing the need for a national conversation about getting back on track–the White House, and Congress, appear to believe that all they have to do is “tone down the rhetoric.” They are mistaken, and that superficial understanding will make matters much worse in the near-term. George Will had it right long ago in his book entitled Statecraft as Soulcraft–we have lost the integrity he understood was essential if our Republic were to be preserved and nurtured toward the greatness of which it is capable.