It’s hard to admit making a mistake, but I owe the regular visitors of this website; along with my fellow contributors here, an apology.
The same day Congresswoman Giffords was shot, I reacted badly to the first article written by the AP on the story. The article, which I linked to on my post where I specifically blamed the left, was written about 30 minutes after the tragedy. This early on they were already linking Sarah Palin and the tea party to it. In all honesty, my post was a reaction to that. (Along with a Facebook page I had found that has since been deleted portraying Loughner as a liberal).
As much as I disagree with liberals on pretty much everything, it was wrong for me to link the violent behavior of one idiot to an entire political party. What I did was no better than what liberals (some of them) were doing to Sarah Palin. As such, I shall remember that not everyone on the left is clinically insane and I apologize to Mel, Mark, Chris, and Philip (along with our regular visitors) who have to “share” this space with me.
That being said, I’d like to move forward with another aspect of how our country is prematurely responding to this tragedy.
Aside from Sheriff Dumbnik’s running around and blaming everyone on the right; taking the attention away from him and the Police Department there in Tucson who had been getting warnings about Jared Loughner for the past three years, I have a huge problem with shutting down Congress over this.
It sends the wrong message.
On October 12, 1984, Margaret Thatcher was headlining the annual conservative conference in Brighton. While the workaholic Iron Lady was preparing documents at 2 a.m. for business at the conference the next day, a bomb went off in the hotel. Luckily, Margaret Thatcher and her husband had been moved to another room earlier in the day. Nevertheless, many were killed and injured. Mrs. Thatcher was immediately treated and examined for light injuries sustained and went to the police station.
Almost immediately, the media and others speculated whether or not the conference would remain scheduled. Upon exiting the police station, Lady Thatcher made her first statement to the media:
You hear about these atrocities, these bombs, you never expect them to happen to you. But life must go on, as usual.
She also added that her conference would not be cancelled and would continue to go on “as usual” she said sternly.
The next day with very little sleep, Mrs. Thatcher kept her committment and arrived to the conference. She not only defied the wishes of the bomber, she also showed up on time and said:
The fact that we are gathered here today, shocked but composed and determined, is a sign not only that this attack has failed but that all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.
Lady Thatcher wasn’t showing cruelty to the victims who lost their lives. As a leader of a nation, she had to resume business as usual to let the enemies of civilization and freedom know that she and her people in majority were in control and their rights to freedom and political process would not end.
Similarly, as a political leader, John Boehner made a very decent and honorable statement in honor of Congresswoman Giffords. Now, members of the media at the Washington Post are questioning his sincerity because he did not cry when he made the statement and also thought it was wrong for him to point out the fact that public servants of all levels were and always will be at some risk, but it was no reason to be deterred from doing their jobs.
Perhaps someone should tell the writer, Courtland Milloy, that we are supposed to learning a lesson about political rhetoric from this.
To reassure you, the shooting made us all sad, Mr. Milloy. But on Saturday, I had to stay at my office anyway. I had to get our income tax software ready for our filing season. I had to make sure my files were cleaned out ready to be filled with new paperwork. I had to organize my desk and clean out my drawers. Then on Sunday, I had to go back. Monday, I had to work and meet with clients. Today, I had to go to a tax seminar to further prepare for my work that is vastly approaching.
Similarly, Congress should not be shutting down over this. The best way to let lunatics like Loughner know that the only thing their potential dangerous violence is going to get them is a one-way ticket to the electric chair is to not allow our daily lives to be changed. The world keeps on turning and “life must go on as usual.”
Joy Behar and other liberals — obviously ignoring Sheriff Dumbnik’s warning of political rhetoric — responded to Boehner by calling him “Boner” (the same party who created the term “teabagger”) — and somehow turning his promise to the people who elected the new Congress that they would indeed proceed with their promise to begin doing what we sent them there to do into an act of hate. It makes you wonder who decides what political rhetoric is. It also makes you wonder what “hate” is.
I have faith in the American people that they understand the bigger picture. Boehner reserves his tears for moments of triumph. When we overcome obstacles and tragedies and evils and plow through it in a way that only American exceptionalism can guarantee.
It seems to me that the people blaming Sarah Palin, criticizing Boehner, and everyone else on the right are the ones spreading the hate now. It also seems to me that they reserve their tears in a sad effort to exploit tragedies to argue for bigger government and more infringements on our freedoms and liberties.
Americans are learning and we won’t forget. But one thing remains true: “life must go on, as usual!”