a time for quiet reflection...and change?
Monday, January 10, 2011
“There is a need for some reflection here - what is too far now?” said the senator. “What was too far when Oklahoma City happened is accepted now. There’s been a desensitizing. These town halls and cable TV and talk radio, everybody’s trying to outdo each other.”--from Politico, a senior Republican senator, speaking anonymously in order to freely discuss the tragedy...
you can't draw a straight line between politics, murder and a madman's actions. but the right's claim this morning on the blogosphere and television that they are somehow the victim's in the wake of this tragedy is not only asinine, it's the real root of what is problematic with most of their views. never fact-based and always regrettably, self-serving. i know there are many on both sides of the argument who know that the body-politic over the past two years has gotten dumber, louder and much more dangerous. this isn't a call to shut-up, it's a call to try and back up your reasons for your beliefs with less bullying, bad-mouthing and bullets.
what might be the most disturbing...the fact that a senator has to speak anonymously...he wouldn't want to end up with a cross hair on him...the idiots have truly taken over the asylum...and there's plenty blame to go around for all of us. i've called for those on the left to give as good as they get, maybe that isn't the answer either...there has to be a weeding out of the negativity. these profit centers of talk radio and tv have made the information stuper-highway, the only way many get their 'facts' and our failure to see that, to them, it's just business and it's little more than sports broadcasting disguised as news.
let's continue to colorfully, intelligently and vigorously debate, but i wish the media would call out some of these celebrity pundits and their ilk and place them on an extended sabbatical. we've really heard enough of many of these talking points for awhile--we know your agenda, we get it. it's all about you, you won in the race to be worshiped, now go enjoy the spoils of your victory and leave the public discourse to those who are concerned more with fixing our ills and less about their ego and the power they crave.
okay, enough discussion of what is fallout from a violent weekend. let me just say my heart goes out to all the victims, it isn't hard to put yourself in that situation if you consider yourself a member in this clan of American citizens. there's real sadness that permeates the incident there...we should use that as a jumping off point to something a little better.
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