On the Tucson shootings

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 7:37 PM | comments: 0

I've been thinking about whether or not there is anything to really write about regarding the shootings in Tucson last weekend. What it really boils down to is that someone who is likely suffering from mental illness did something incredibly evil and tragic. There really isn't any way you can rationalize it or make sense of it. It just sucks.

It does seem like the event has brought some discussions to the forefront, like the generally toxic and divisive political climate in the country these days. I'm not sure it's appropriate to associate it with the murders, but maybe some good will come out of it. I was really impressed by Obama's speech at the memorial service. After coming off like an ineffective pussy for the last year in terms of policy, at least he can show us why many of us voted for him. He's a hell of a motivational speaker.

What's really annoying is why anyone would bring Sarah Palin into it. The people who make things about her are just as much a part of the problem as she is. When will the world stop paying attention to her? I can't think of any more irrelevant person on the planet in the context of anything. She's a reality TV star who quit the job she was elected for. That's all.

One consistently good thing that comes out of bad things is that people come together. The stories that are coming out of Tucson are inspiring. Of all the states that need people to find some unity, Arizona is among the top.


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