So tonight while driving in to work, I had the pleasure of listening to the first real radio show for Erick Erickson. I’d heard Erick numerous times before filling in for Hermain Caine but on a whim, I turned on WSB and was able to be a part of the first show. During Erick’s talk with Mister Caine, he mentioned RedState.com which I’d visited a few times before. Before this show, it had’nt occured to me to write on a public forum but as Erick announced to Hermain that Red State was a public forum (provided you are pro life), I decided to take on the challenge.
Truly it should have been a natural course for me. As a self published Christian author, writing is therapy for my soul. I’ve always been at peace while writing and find myself much more comfortable behind a keyboard than in front of a crowd. The word processor never argues back, it doesn’t interrupt and it even corrects your spelling politely if you ask. The keys are not critical and mistakes are easily erased. Writing has been one of my my most soothing past times and hopefully this journal entry will be the first of many.
Amazingly, one of my short novels centered around a young man trying to make a living by keeping an online journal. He nefariously planned to drag readers in with a public account of his push toward religious awareness, all the while planning to expose faith as vacant and empty. But along the way, his experiences with people he meets and God’s hand on his life forces him to examine things more closely. Oh if only I could have such an experience in writing this journal.
I’ll try to put in at least one entry a day that deals with whatever event I find most interesting in the news that day and I’ll welcome any comments you may have. So if you’ve come here to read, thank you. I’ll do my best to entertain and provide an interesting perspective.
Jared Loughner, Sarah Palin and the politics of blame.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in politics. One of my earliest memories is of Jimmy Carter giving a national address on television. I was only 5 years old and an avid Chicago Cubs fan and here was this man I’d never seen talking during what should have been the beginning of the game. “That’s the President”, my mother told me. “And even if we don’t like what he has to say, we still respect that he’s the President.” I can’t remember what I said that made my mother correct by behavior but I was an avid Cubs fan and even at 5 years old we are still known for being unruly. But that one incident made me ask a never ending line of questions about who the president was and what he did and so my political interest was born.
Now just as long as I’ve been interested in politics, so too have I been aware of political discord. I remember campaign ads from as far back as any of my other memories go that portrayed every candidate for office as the next great dictator, the end of the free market system and yes, even the kind of person who wouldn’t pet his own dog. It’s the great American tradition to distort the truth and even outright lie about your opponent if it helps you get elected and so too is that tradition carried out by their supporters and even sometimes the talking heads on television. But never in my 34 years of following politics, nor my 39 years on Earth have I seen something so vile as what I witnessed this week.
On Saturday, a very disturbed man opened fire in Tucson, Arizona. At last count, 6 were dead and 13 more were wounded in the attack. Among the wounded was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who seems to have been the target of Jared Loughner. The smoke had yet to be cleared and already the left wing media has missed the real story and instead has set it’s sights one more time on Sarah Palin.
The visciousness with which they continue to go after this woman is astounding. So much so, that apologies are in order. Not to the former Governor, but to the families that lost loved ones in the tragedy. It amazed me that instead of focusing on what truly happened that day, the left in this country tried to capitalize on the tragedy for political gain. Even now as news reports surface that the gunman was the polar opposite politically from Palin, the media is still working overtime trying to connect the two. It’s disgusting and inhumane.
So in the absence of objective reporting, let me try to pick up where the media failed miserably. Jared Loughner did not shoot 19 people on Saturday because of talk radio, angry vitriol or because of Sarah Palin. Jared Loughner shot those people because he was disturbed, angry and had little hope. Parents, go home and hug your children, spend some time with your spouse and pray for the families whose lives were impacted by this tragedy.
This is not the time to be political, but instead it’s the time to be human. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. The people of Tucson need prayers right now, not blame.