The next time a liberal talks about how we need to ramp down the tone of political discussion, I’d like to invite them to examine their own behavior first. Then I’d tell them to shove it up their butts sideways.
Why? Because the whole discussion going on nowadays after the reprehensible acts of a crazed loon is focusing on the wrong issues. Jared Loughner a is a waste of flesh with no links to any political group, right wing or otherwise (although some of his statements do indicate left-line thinking). It isn’t his politics – or any kind of political discussion – that drove him to do this.
The simple fact is that political discussion, like guns, video games, rock music, movies, TV, and potty training has become the latest boogeyman for those who don’t understand that people are not necessarily naturally good. In fact, my own belief is that people aren’t good or evil – they’re sinful… but not necessarily “evil”. People become evil over time, whether through rotten upbringing, poor environment, bad genetics, nightmare experiences, screwed up chemicals, or hormones gone nuts. Whatever the cause… the root cause for a person’s decision to do evil comes down to that person and their choices.
The bigger danger here, in my opinion, is that those with power will take steps to ensure that this will “never happen again”… by infringing upon the rights guaranteed us in the Constitution. While it’s nice to say “we need to stop all the violent rhetoric”, it’s one thing to ask people to do so – it’s yet another to use the force of law to infringe the right of free speech or to further restrict our right to defend ourselves from people who have no concerns about such restrictions. Our rights and freedoms cannot become the prisoners of those who misuse them.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in prayer for the safe and full recovery of the victims of Jared Loughner, including Congresswoman Giffords. May God grant healing to those who survived, peace to the families of those who died, and justice to their attacker.