Did you see the President's speech at the memorial service for those who died and were injured in Saturday's attack in Tuscon? If you didn't, go find it on you tube. His message was clear, we have to quit with the violent nonsense in politics. I can admit, the moment I found out that Congresswoman Giffords was on Sarah Palin's crosshairs map, I made it quite clear that I thought said map was Jared Loughner's inspiration. Now we see that is likely not the case. Angry citizens are nothing new, and while events like those that happened on Saturday are not common, they are not unheard of either. But it does not help when politicians themselves fuel the anger among their supporters. The fact that Sarah Palin put a map like that on her site, and is now surprised that because someone on that map was shot, and she's being singled out (rightly so, or not, doesn't matter really in the age of 24 news and social netowrking), says SO much about her and her thought process.
The people in congress, on both the left and the right, know you have to work together. Many have been there through 2-3 presidents, they know the drill. You don't always get what you want. They should know better than to get people riled up on the notion that Obama has no plans to work with them and if they (said politician running for office pre Nov. 2010) win, people will get everything they want. And maybe the president WAS too far to the left. But it does seem like he's moving to the middle, and let's be honest, that's how it should be. I hope that people like Boehner will move as well.
People shouldn't have to die for this discussion to really happen and be taken seriously. Personally? I'm always talking about letting go of the negativity, and I think politics is a place many of us can start. Including me.