January 10, 2011

I originally wasn’t planning on commenting about the Tucson shootings and the despicable orgy of political opportunism that The Daily Caller’s S.E. Cupp (one of my favorite journalists today, BTW) has rightly called “the unraveling of the political left” has resulted in its aftermath. Perhaps if the same thing had happened to a conservative elected official you’d see the same kind of behavior from the political right – I would hope not, but who knows? – but it just sickens me to see the political opportunism that has filled the media and the internet these past two days.

Before I speak my peace, let it first be said that all of my thoughts and prayers go out to the souls of those who were killed and those who were wounded for the anguish their families must be going through during this time. It’s a shame this country can’t find the compassion and grace to bring itself together in prayer and thought for them all during this time. For the dead, I can only pray they find peace in the Lord until the time comes when they are reunited with those whom they have left behind and grieve their passing.

I have a rant, and I’m ranting because I’m hurting.

The people who were killed or injured Saturday are real people, people who, if you were shopping at your local Fry’s or Market Basket or Winn Dixie, you wouldn’t even notice. And you know why? Because, if you’ll excuse my take on Christine O’Donnell’s electoral pitch, they’re you. And me. People who were simply going about their various businesses of the day, just as you or I would do on any given Saturday. People who just an hour or two before had awoken and were having their morning coffee or breakfast, never in a million years thinking that they’d never again see another beautiful Arizona sunset, or have cocktails with their spouse or loved one on the patio, or play with their friends, or fall asleep in their own beds.

All because some warped, crazed individual who somehow fell through the cracks of society and Tucson law enforecement shot them dead and injured. Not anyone with a certain political agenda (as if that would even matter), just a freakin’ wacko lunatic filled with anger or rage or whatever. And now people are dead and injured to various degrees – people like you and me. Any normal person would be filled with horror, sadness, anger, disgust, or any or all of the above at the senseless actof violence and the loss of life that resulted. Any person with a sense of compassion, humility, and humanity would find some way to channel their hearts and minds in a positive way to reach out to the people involved or the universe in which we all inhabit to try and find a way of bringing something good out of something so horrific and tragic.

But there are those in this country who could care less that those killed or injured were someone’s mother, or father, or spouse, or child, or friend, or compainion. As Andrew Klavan writes, these Beltway and East Coast elitists couldn’t even wait until the victims’ bodies were cold and the wounded were finished being attended to before they conspired to turn this massacre into some form of political gain. First it was Paul Krugman in the New York Times, then Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, then today’s Washington Post (I’m not linking to these a**holes, you can check them out for yourselves). The dead aren’t even buried, and two days later Yahoo! News and other political outlets are furthering a Politico blog post about what these shootings mean to Sarah Palin’s political future.

But that’s how these East Coast / Beltway elitists think: like Barack Obama’s now-departed chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s famous creed goes, “never let a serious crisis go to waste”. Those who frequent this blog know I’m no fan of the political left, but this goes beyond what I thought even they were capable of. I guess it just goes to show how deep the fear and hatred of Sarah Palin runs in Washington, New York, Berkeley, and other outposts on the political left. I mean, how freakin’ cold and heartless can one be? Is every event, every person’s life, nothing more than a move on some political chessboard? Do any of these people have any shred of humanity or decency in them?

Of course, those of us who pay attention to this kind of thing – for better or for worse – know all too well just how perverted and disturbed these worms are. It tells you just how warped and unhinged the political left in this country has become. It’s sick, pathetic, and despicable in every sense of the word. These people ought to be ashamed of themselves, but frankly, I don’t think they even realize how disgraceful and ignorant they are, and how small their petty and pathetic little worlds are.

It doesn’t matter what your political stripe is – their actions sicken me, and it ought to sicken you. It is in times like this that we should all be able to come together as Americans to mourn and pray for those involved and for our country, but I don’t think that kind of thing is possible anymore. People ought to be able to have a different political viewpoint and not be called haters, racist, sexist, xenophobes, and homophobes. I may not agree with you politically, but so what? We can disagree and try as best we can to find some form of common ground. Maybe it’s possible, maybe it’s not, but that doesn’t make us enemies, right?

As a Christian, I don’t hate anyone, but the political left – what they are, what they stand for, what their worldview is, and how they hate those who disagree with them so much that they’ll use a tragedy like the Tucson shootings to try and score political points – I damn and despise with every fiber of my being.

Life must look pretty good from way up there in the cheap seats.

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