I have tried very hard to not assign blame for the terrible tragedy in Tuscon. I believe the shooter was deeply disturbed and his mental illness, not politics was responsible for his violence.
But, I am really getting annoyed with columnists like George Will (TNT, 1-11). Conservatives are now playing the “victim.” Their outrage over the discussion of tempering our political language is inappropriate on every level of decency.
This situation is not about the conservative agenda. Not once did Will talk about the true victims in Tuscon. It’s all about people picking on conservatives. A 9-year-old child is being buried, along with five other innocent victims. I think he owes those victims’ families an apology.
I suggest to Will that he just shut up now. In fact, I suggest that all of the columnists, of every political persuasion, start talking to those of us in America about what happened. Just like 9/11, we need to come together and work together right now.
This is not about Washington spin. Don’t politicize this.
The sheriff of Pima County spoke for many of us in America. It’s time to dial back the angry rhetoric. It’s time to start governing by raising the bar on civilized, rational behavior. That little girl wanted to see her government in action. Is that violence on Saturday the legacy we are leaving to our children?