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1/11/2011

J'Accuse, Je Nie



They argue now. Back and forth. Like children. "Yes, you did. No, I didn't."

The accusations. The denials. "It's your fault. No, it's not."

Sooner or later, the adults in this country are going to tire of this child-like finger pointing and argument. Sooner or later more mature heads will prevail.

But.

This country has always endured vitriolic politics. It seems as though it is the nature of the beast. During the election of 1828, when Andrew Jackson defeated John Quincy Adams, the Adams supporters crucified Jackson's wife in the press for what they considered the bigamous marriage of the Jacksons. She died before Jackson could take office - he always blamed the opposition for her broken heart, and death.

These days of polarized politics are no different than any that have gone before, except, perhaps, for the speed of ideas and information in this, the Digital Age. Hateful as the rhetoric is and has been, both Liberal and Conservative, it is not unique.

The lunatic who committed the atrocity in Tuscon is just that. A lunatic. No one knows, at this point, what it is that fed his delusions, his unreasonable fears, his diabolical plots. What is known is what he did.

It is no one's fault but his own.

He may have found support for his ideas in ridiculous politics of the day, but they were HIS ideas. No one told him to buy his weapon. No one told him to go out and kill people, except, perhaps, the voices in his head. No matter how much vitriol is spewed into the ether by the right wing radio of the wild, wild west, none of them would have wanted what happened to six citizens of Tuscon, and all those others, wounded.

He did it. It's his fault. And no one else's.

Ndinombethe.

5 comments:

Shadow said...

i find it ridiculous that the world today tries to rationalize irrational behaviors. Some things are black and some white, and there IS NO GREY!

PattiKen said...

I agree that there's probably nothing new in political vitriolics (I suspect that's not a real word, but it should be). But I do think that there are perhaps more of those lunatics out on the street who don't hesitate to act out their aggressions when one of the voices tell them to do so. It doesn't help when one of the voices belongs to the lady from Youbetchastan who had a target list (identifying politicans, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, targeted in the cross hairs of a gun). To most of us, it was perhaps only bad taste. To Mr. Loughner, it may have been a mandate.

Indigo said...

I think for some people they need to rationalize absurdity. The reality is sometimes you can't. Life is nothing if not unpredictable. The man is, what he is...a senseless killer. (Hugs)Indigo

Tara R. said...

I cannot imagine what is happening inside the shooter's head. It must be a dark, bizarre place. The real truth of the crime may never be completely known

My heart goes out to all the victims.

Grandmother said...

It makes me feel sad for our country, for our children and grandchildren, that they grow up in a world with that kind of senseless violence. I pray that someday we give peace a chance.