Archive for January, 2011

What Is Wrong With The World?

Posted in current events, politics with tags , , on January 10, 2011 by Kyle Fleming

It’s been a strange and frightening start to 2011.

It started almost immediately into the new year, when there were reports of hundreds of dead birds falling in Arizona. While I’m not an apocalyptic conspiracy theorist, it’s a little unnerving when thousands of birds (and subsequently fish and even more birds) just show up dead around the world. Could it be a sign of the end times? Will the world really end in 2012? What does the Bible say about this?

And then, in Omaha, a student went into his high school and shot his principal and vice principal, killing the latter, for what they suspect was frustration and anger after being suspended earlier that day. That same day, a man shot up an Arizona shopping mall. Fortunately, no one was injured.

That can’t be said for one of the most frightening and frustrating events of the weekend: the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot “point blank in the head” with a semiautomatic at a Congress on Your Corner event. Several other staff members were also shot, with one reportedly dead at the time of this article.

It’s the sort of thing that makes me wonder about our world. I try to have a positive outlook on life and people, giving them the benefit of the doubt and trusting, like Anne Frank, that people are generally good.

Turns out, I’m wrong. I’m so, so wrong.

If there are any die-hard readers out there who have been wondering why I haven’t been blogging lately, there is one main reason: I’m frustrated and confused by my world. I watch the news, and I read the paper, and I read several blogs, and I look at what’s going on in the world, and I’m realizing that none of it really makes any sense. Republicans are starting on the one issue that they ran on in the recent election: repealing “Obamacare.” Discussion has long fallen by the wayside, and both sides are reduced to yelling and name-calling, which, as we should have learned in elementary school, doesn’t work.

And now, with this event with Rep. Giffords, essentially the whole reason I’m updating now, we can see where the divide is. Sarah Palin wrote a note on Facebook saying that this event is a “tragedy.” Sample comments on the note, from both supporters and detractors, include:

Sarah…get ready because, from the comments I’ve been reading by the left on various reports…they are extremely vile and blaming you, the tea party and conservatives as a whole!

“Don’t retreat, reload!”

Your words.

Maybe if Sarah P. and her little gang of bitches didn’t have crosshairs and targets and advocate “second amendment solutions” then people wouldn’t be shot.

IT’S A CONCEPT. You people are all morons.

I am so sorry that our country has people that no respect with human life. My condolence to the family on this great loss and hope we somehow can control this anarchism

And most striking is a quote from Spencer Giffords, the Congresswoman’s father, when asked if her daughter had any enemies: “Yeah, the whole Tea Party.”

It’s nice that Sarah Palin can show a little bit of compassion in a time of tragedy, it still doesn’t excuse the fact that she and other Tea Party leaders rely too much on ethos and militant language and not enough time on actually developing a platform and a message. It’s that sort of violent message that results in this:

Sarah Palin's Gunsight Map, literally "targeting" Democratic candidates for the 2010 election.

Rep. Gifford’s district and name are in the cross-hairs. Simple rhetoric back in March, a macabre irony today.

At this point, it should be well known that Tea Party extremists are simple-minded idiots, willing to do whatever it is their Exulted Leaders tell them to do. They believe anything that anyone on Fox News says, and when they get a call to action, damn it, they go. The call to “reload” and to threaten anyone associated with the “liberal agenda” is disgusting and horrifying, and eventually culminates into something terrible and frightening like this.

Sharron Angle says to use “Second Amendment Remedies?” Fine. Just be ready to deal with the consequences.