It should not have mattered!

It should not have mattered what the Tucson AZ shooter Jared Loughner was politically, 6 people dead, including a 9 year old girl, 14 injured, I should have been feeling horrible for the families involved, proud of the brave people that stopped the shooter, and how the community can heal after this, and I should have been praying for all I was worth for everyone involved.

Instead, I was worried that this guy was a Conservative or a Tea Party member. I shouldn’t have cared what his political beliefs were, when the primary label for this man should have been simply and obviously “INSANE”, or “LUNATIC” or “PHYCHO”! The last thing on my mind should have been POLITICS!

And this morning, when I heard that one of the shooter’s favorite books was “The Communist Manifesto”, and he blamed G.W. Bush for 9-11, when it was obvious that he was not Conservative or Tea Party person, I cheered out loud in my car, for a full three seconds.

Then I stopped, and I asked , “what have I become?”…..

So many dead and injured, and I’m cheering just because the shooter was Left-Wing instead of Right.

But I realized that I am not a bad person, I simply cannot trust the Liberal Media to act decent in matters like this.

That’s correct, I blame the Media, because when a person does something like this, it should not matter what his political affiliation was. A person that does this is “insane”, a “lunatic,” a “psycho”; politics shouldn’t even be addressed.

In other words, what does it mater what a guy thinks politically, when the brain he is thinking with is broken?

And judging from how the media has acted the last 48 hours, there was a reason for my reaction. The first thing I see on the news after a description of the event is Sarah Palin’s “Target Page” from her PAC, targeting districts for victory with dreaded “cross-hair” graphics!

The media was not sharing the fact that he was stalking the Congresswoman Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since 2007, before Sarah was well known and before the Tea Party existed, nothing about the shooter’s “Occult” alter to Satan” in his backyard, nothing about being kicked out of college for mental problems, not that he is a fan of marijuana, and he wants to create a new currency…nope, just the cross-hairs of Sarah-PAC on the AZ district, and opinion’s without proof.

And if Liberals were decent, I wouldn’t have to think “God save us if the next nut-job also likes Sarah, or Glenn, or Rush”, but that’s what I’m thinking.

What have I become?  I’m not sure, but I do know if common decency in the media existed, like it should, I could be a more decent person.

Now if you’ll please excuse me, I have some praying to do.

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_91db5db4-1b74-11e0-ba23-001cc4c002e0.html

13 comments
  1. You’ve lost all human decency! ALL HUMAN DECENCY! Being a Liberal I can tell you I do NOT follow the communist manifesto and oh not Mein Kampf either. But you and your sick group of teabaggers keep saying we do. You’ve bought your own friggin lies and have lost ALL HUMAN DECENCY!

      1. That is not a line of argument that a conservative wants to make. States rights is a core conservative principle and it was used to fight the abolition of slavery and the abolition of segregation. That you, Shane, favor states rights does not necessarily make you a racist.

  2. Very nicely put. You describe my reaction exactly. I think you have a typo though, since at his age he couldn’t have been stalking her since 1987. I think you mean 2007.

  3. You state:

    “The media was not sharing the fact that he was stalking the Congresswoman Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since 1987, before Sarah was well known and before the Tea Party existed, nothing about the shooter’s “Occult” alter to Satan” in his backyard, nothing about being kicked out of college for mental problems, not that he is such a fan of marijuana he wants it to be our new currency…nope, just the cross-hairs of Sarah-PAC on the AZ district, and opinion’s without proof.”

    Where exactly did you learn all of that information, if not from the media?

    And you claim that liberals aren’t “decent.” Do you think that’s helpful in advancing a civilized dialogue? Try treating your political opponents with respect. They just might reciprocate.

  4. Also on the murderers, favorite books lists: Mein Kampf. Written by noted liberal Adolf Hitler.

    And congrats. Unlike “the media” who waited a day before characterizing the killer’s motives, you waited…an extra day. Should not we way until all of the facts come in?

      1. Shane, why is it that these things tend to occur when political discourse is at a fever pitch? Remember the militias and OKC bombing during the 90s? The riots over Vietnam? The killing of abortion doctors under Clinton and Obama (but crucially not Bush). Too much of a trend to be a coincidence.

        People like Palin drum up an unwarranted amount of angst that make for a toxic political climate. They injects themselves into local building disputes like the Park 51 affair, during which a cab driver gets stabbed, and then, without missing a beat, calls for the assassination of a foreign journalist. And look, maybe that cab driver would have gotten stabbed anyway and maybe harm will come to Julian Assange regardless of what Palin says. It is almost certain that the murderer in this case never once glanced at Sarah Palin’s map. So, yeah, Sarah Palin is NOT responsible. But on the other hand, Sarah Palin IS not responsible. Hope you can decipher the difference.

  5. Thank you for your honesty. I too will say a prayer of repentance and a prayer for the victims.

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