Thursday, January 13, 2011

Come together! Please?

Great photo eh?

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.


Papa Escobar said...

I completely agree. While indeed the blame cannot be placed on any one person or ideology (and sadly we likely will never know just what motivated this young man to this insane violence) you are right that politicians on both sides of the aisle (not to mention the media pundits who I believe often do even more damage) should consider just how their rhetoric may be interpreted. Indeed, it is time to replace the wild and vitriolic rhetoric on both sides with action. The 2010 elections are a mandate for those on both sides to move a bit to center and only then will the problems facing this nation be addressed.

Keep saying just what you feel. Never stuff it.

Laurie said...

I disagree that the president was too far to the left-- he was pretty damned close to the traditional center of American politics at his election. The far-right is just so prevalent in this country that he looked considerably more liberal by the sheer displacement from the extreme right, who like to consider themselves central to American politics and the American political narrative.

It's frustrating for me, as an actual far-left liberal (but cynic first and foremost) to hear someone like Obama run on progressive platforms, then ultimately either give into regression or, at most, take a half-hearted stab at changing the status quo.

I'm all for more centrist thinking and legislating, so far as the center is decided based on the average of current politicians' thinking. It's a shorter walk to the center for every liberal politician than conservative.