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SHOOTING: The cost of petty politics is too high

Letter by Darington Forbes, Spanaway on Jan. 10, 2011 at 11:05 am with 41 Comments »
January 10, 2011 11:05 am

Christina Green was 9 years old, just recently elected to serve her school as a leader. Everyone recognized her potential, so much so that a neighbor asked her parents’ permission to take her to meet her congresswoman. A simple act on a sunny day filled with promise.

A child born on Sept.11, 2001. At 9 she cared about the world, she was interested in the future. Today we are instead focusing on the dimming of a bright star in the constellation of life.

It is time to put aside the separating of our common future with the demonetization of each other over petty politics. It cost us too much to continue playing with emotion-driven political dogma as if we can somehow control the rage it causes.

Christina was the face of hope. In her memory let us begin to reflect on our common future. The Lord bless her, keep her, and keep her face before us.

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  1. Tell it to the Sheriff…

  2. stavrocks says:

    How ironic, she was born on the day that many Americans died because of a Republican agenda, (the terroist said there main motavation to attack America was because of the US ocupation in the Middle East years earlier), and then she ended up being a victim herself of the Republican party. It is unclear to as if Sarah Pailin convinced people to shoot and kill democrats, but it is clear, that Republicans passing laws that allowed people to have a concealed weapon WITH OUT A PERMIT allowed this to happen.

  3. hansgruber says:

    Hummmmm…this guy has had a fixation on Congresswoman Giffords since 2007 so that really blows up the political dogma excuse that this was political hate speech driven.

    “The Department of Homeland Security suggested, in a memo distributed to law enforcement, that Loughner may have had links to American Renaissance, a racist publication (which denies both the link and its racism and condemned the attack), whose ideology, according to DHS, is “anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic” [sic]. And then there is one report stating that Loughner’s mother is, yes, Jewish”……”Giffords, Potok notes, “was the nearest and most obvious representative of ‘the government’ that Loughner could find.”

    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/55535/why-was-giffords-targeted/

  4. hansgruber says:

    Did I mention Giffords Is Jewish?

  5. Right, Stavrocks, a law against concelaed weapons would have stopped a murderer. That makes as much sense as the rest of your rant.

  6. redneckbuck says:

    This had nothing to do with politics, you are wasting your time. This was an act by a crazed individual, nothing more.

  7. FreeAmerica says:

    @stravrovks…

    Is that the best you can do?
    Sarah Palin? Republican agenda?

    Some dig holes and learn when to stop ….others? They keep digging and don’t understand why?

    For one to refer to Palin as putting a target on people is complete lunacy, one would be implying that somehow she was responsible for the murder of the nine year old girl.??

    Can you for one minute put your liberal mind above posts of this nature?

    Rise above the rhetoric … you can do better.

  8. The only way gun violence can be reduced is to limit the number of guns on the street and who can use them. It will take a along time so we better start soon. The first thing that has to happen is to overturn the unfortunate 5-4 decision that allows individual gun ownership contrary to what the framers had in mind when they wrote the 2nd Amendment.
    We can take a few smaller actions that might keep guns out of the hands of unstable people and we might be able to prohibit the sale, manufacture and possession of semi-auto weapons.
    Doing nothing is not the answer for the carnage will continue and we will have this discussion once again surrounded by dead bodies.

  9. comments like the one from stavrocks are gas on a a raging fire. If you can’t say something helpful and constructive, please be quiet.

  10. A horrible tragedy by a mentally unstable person. Nothing to do with politics, the only “politicizing” of this has been the idiots at MSNBC who want to claim that Sarah Palin and others are responsible….a sad day in America

  11. bobcat1a says:

    Red, if it had nothing to do with politics, why did he specifically target a politician? It might have had nothing to do with reason but it definitely had everything to do with politics.

  12. bobcat1a says:

    TMell, can you quote someone on MSNBC who claimed Sarah was responsible.

  13. “…can you quote someone on MSNBC who claimed Sarah was responsible.”

    Your kidding right?

  14. No I suggest you’re kidding, because you cannot site a specific instance of an MSNBC personality saying the half Gov. from Alaska is responsible.

  15. It seems ironic and hypocritical that conservatives are in denial and claiming that the sole responsibility for the shootings in Tuscon belong to the shooter, and none should be attributed to the inflammatory anti-government hate rhetoric from influential media ideologues, yet I’ve heard a frequent drumbeat about how liberal Hollywood dehumanizes our youth with trashy, violent movies and video games.

    How nice, at one’s own discretion and political convenience, to have it both ways.

    .

  16. blakeshouse says:

    This is so typical..The american people reject outright the socialistis/ neo marxist agenda and the loonies try and put this shooting rampage on the repubs. Before the shooters victims names were even known Paul Krugman was at it, the local sherrif was proclaiming it to anyone who would listen, the NYT couldn’t clear space fast enuff to rewrite their copy. All this with nothing more than the idea in their puny minds to call the story vetted Honest people across the country are rejecting these idiots outright and completely

  17. NWflyfisher says:

    Cirrius, you mean like these?

    “If, in fact, the GOP doesn’t like any form of health care reform, what do we do with those 40 to 60 million uninsured?…When they show up in the emergency room, just shoot ‘em! Kill them!…Do we have enough body bags? I don’t know.” (Montel Williams, Actor, Radio Host, TV Personality)

    “Republicans are evil sons-of-bitches. The Republican Party needs to be murdered. It needs to — it’s like if you had a nest of rats in your house, or a hornets nest under the eaves at your barn or your house, and you knew they were going to do harm to you, your family, your kid — if you live on the farm, your livestock, whatever. What would you do? Of course — you’d get an exterminator and you would murder the nest and get rid of it. (Mike Malloy, Talk Radio Host)

    “And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizon precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist.” (Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate, NY Times Columnist)

  18. NWflyfisher says:

    afret, does this count?

    “If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bulls-eye targets on 20 representatives, including Gabby Giffords does not repudiate her own part – however tangential in amplifying violence and violent imagery in American politics – she must be dismissed from politics,” (Keith Oberman, Host of MSNBC “Countdown With Keith Oberman)

  19. Want to see a vast improvement in the economy and the condition of our society?

    Stop watching the news and reading newspapers! ;)

  20. NWfly – nothing quite like parsing a speech to one paragraph….you forgot to include this:

    “And if those of us considered to be “on the left” do not re-dedicate ourselves to our vigilance to eliminate all our own suggestions of violence – how ever inadvertent they might have been then we too deserve the repudiation of the more sober and peaceful of our politicians and our viewers and our networks.” (Keith Olberman, Host of MSNBC “Countdown With Keith Olberman)

  21. bBoy, I believe NWfly was simply giving someone what they asked for?

    As for this kid aiming at politicians, it’s sounding as though he was paranoid about ALL government officials…very non-partisan.

    This story is being exploited by those who lean left. What else is new?

  22. We all knew and feared that something like this was going to happen sooner or later, given the ever increasing rhetoric between political ideologies. That it happened in Arizona isn’t surprising, either. That it happened at an event sponsored by a Democrat fits right into that scenario. I found it particularly ironic that KGUN, the local station in Tucson, provided the feed to the networks.

    Now the left is being bludgeoned for drawing the obvious conclusion, a conclusion that everyone drew (feared) when the first reports came out.

    I’m relieved that there is no direct tie between the shooter and any one political ideology.

    So, why can’t we just leave it at that? Why does the right have to ratchet up the rhetoric, vilifying the left? Is it not enough to simply express relief that the inevitable political firestorm wasn’t ignited last Saturday?

    That exploitation, sozo, is clearly coming from the right. Your weather vain seems to be stuck in only one direction.

  23. It’s called playing defense, Polago. Actions yield REactions.

    Had journalists (and I use the word loosely) done their jobs and exercises restraint as “investigations” were done to better understand this situation, there would have been no need for the reaction.

  24. Over-reaction, sozo. Your side is clearly interested in reaping political hay out of this mess.

    I doubt that even you can deny that you feared that the shooter would be tied to the right, when you first saw that the victims were of the Democratic persuasion.

  25. hansgruber says:

    “Journalists urged caution after Ft. Hood, now race to blame Palin after Arizona shootings”-
    01/09/11
    The Washington Examiner:
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/journalists-urged-caution-after-ft-hood-now-race-blame-palin-afte#ixzz1AkCugsCg

  26. Your example, beerBoy, just goes to show how contradictory Olberman is.

  27. contradictory? To say to both sides that they need to chill out their rhetoric?

    Sheesh!

    And sozo – nice that you are calling for media types to chill out their rhetoric telling other media types that they need to chill out their rhetoric.

  28. JudasEscargot says:

    “sozo says:
    January 11, 2011 at 8:06 am
    It’s called playing defense, Polago. Actions yield REactions.

    OH, my gaaaaaaawwwwd.

    “whatIdo says:
    January 11, 2011 at 8:36 am
    Your example, beerBoy, just goes to show how contradictory Olberman is.”

    So much for an attempt at centrist.

  29. Another one over his head… sheez.

    It’s hypocritical (contradictory) for Olbermann to advocate violence and then turn around and admonish everyone else for doing what he does. I understand, tho, how YOU would miss it.

    Keith Olbermann advocated violence more than a few times, even toward Hillary for goodness sake.

  30. Keith Olbermann advocated violence more than a few times

    Adj. 1. a few – more than one but indefinitely small in number;

    So you are saying that he has done it more than a an indefinitely small number. I’m thinking that would be at least 5 times.

    Provide three citations to support your claim.

  31. beerBoy are you really that much in a cacoon. Keith Olbermann????

    It is well know his rhetoric as well as his targets. His whole show is nothing more than one verbal shotgun blast after another…

  32. I was talking about “journalists” bBoy…you know the ones that are supposed to provide facts?

  33. So JE, you expected people to be attacked for something an NOT defend themselves?

    Blaming commentators and columnists, even politicians, for the conduct of a crazed killer is absurd.

  34. rr – if Olbermann’s show really is as you say then it should be really easy for you or ij to come up with 3 quotes to support your accusation.

  35. Still waiting for those Olbermann quotes that use violent imagery………

  36. Check the Huffpo B.

  37. I know you have a quote of mine that is appropriate to your claim without support.

  38. Submitted by beerBoy on October 8, 2008 – 12:48pm.
    I can’t cite the source off the top of my head and don’t have time to look right now, but I know what I saw and do not fabricate.

    :)

    • beerBoy wrote on 02/22/2010 08:27:34 AM:
    I’m not your research monkey. I’ve read the articles so I can assure you they exist and can be found on the internet.

    ;)

  39. Start at Huffpo…

  40. You made the assertion – you get back to me after you find the citations……we all know how much you like posting “damning” quotes.
    ;-)

  41. LOL…

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