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SHOOTING: We must get beyond partisanship

Letter by Gene E. Harvey, Puyallup on Jan. 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm with 9 Comments »
January 12, 2011 4:04 pm

Not one of the two articles and three letters published on your opinion page today (1-12) could bring themselves, without qualification, to put the shooting in Arizona in meaningful perspective. Each stated that the shooter was crazy and not motivated by political rhetoric but …. (a long list of perceived irresponsible political tactics of the opposition).

The Founders understood human nature. Our Constitution effectively considers the major flaws that all humans must learn to manage if we are to live humanely together. This is essential for meaningful interaction. All the checks and balances that guide the process of change are designed to provide pause so that meaningful discussion can take place and critical decisions can be made for the good of the country, not political advantage for groups or individuals.

The senseless killings in Tucson were the result of a deranged mind. What difference does it make what set of doctrines he incorporates into the tangled maze of his troubled psyche; his actions were crazy. They exist exclusively within the context of his world view.

For individuals to even tangentially attempt advancing their political views or distaste for opposing positions and tactics is deplorable. Our focus should be on strategies for healing and putting in perspective this tragic event.

Where are the voices of quiet understanding at times like this? We’ll need them on both sides of the aisle if we are to move beyond the chronically adverse political environment that continues to accelerate in its partisanship.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    We are the most divided in this country we have ever been. The man in the white house is the reason we are so divided and we will come together again starting the first week on 2012.

    A good letter and thank you for your calming opinion. But a lot of the retoric that inflames us comes from Washington DC.

    All of them, starting with obama, need to lead.

  2. hortonpeak says:

    Well thank you Mr. Harvey and truth(wtf)guy for bringing us together. Great letter and comment. Might want to look up sarcasm. Cheers.

  3. pazzo242 says:

    Mr. Havey–great letter and very well said. I agree with you 100% that it doesn’t matter what one side or the other has to say. The demented shooter lived in his own world and he holds the entire responsibility of his actions.

    As for truthbusterguy–dude I don’t like Obama any more then you do, but you are way off base. He says nothing that is any different then the conservative side does and it is up to each of us to just digest that propoganda as we see fit. The huge vast majority of us just listen, speak our mind and go on about our business. Only the idiot decides to pull out a gun to make our point–thank God that that is an exceptionally small fraction of our society. It is too bad that they have such an impact on all of us.

  4. Obama’s speech was the right thing at the right time.

    Palin, on the other hand, claimed “blood libel”, equating criticism of her rhetoric to antisemitism.

    Our president, finally, acted presidential. And Palin has just added to the reasons why she will never hold that office.

  5. I thought her statement was actually good. But her use of the term “blood libel” may have been ill advised. Too bad it’s going to be the focus of a good statement.

    Thought this interesting. In a nutshell, if a person hates Palin… they are gonna continue to hate Palin.


  6. As was true with the Ft. Hood shootings, instant analysis of the societal causes of one individual going on a murderous rampage are fueled more by partisan agenda than careful, sober analysis of the actual facts.

    However, one has to be in complete denial to not see that slogans like “If ballots don’t work, bullets will” have added to a climate of persecution, paranoia and self-righteous indignation that further polarizes Americans into very narrowly defined camps in a jihad against the other, “anti-American” side. And, there is a miniscule minority who, swayed by the violent metaphor, may take it as a literal call to arms.

    America is better than this.

  7. commoncents says:

    Thought this interesting. In a nutshell, if a person hates Palin… they are gonna continue to hate Palin.


    See that’s a problem. I disagree with Palin on a lot of issues. I do not feel that she was fit for the office of Governor of Alaska let alone the Vice-President of the United States. However, I don’t hate her in th slightest. We have to move away from the individual and focus on the issues. After all, her political beliefs are based upon her opinions and her interpretation of facts and data. Those opinions are neither better or worse than mine…just different. Anyone who says that they hate her or attacts her personally without actually knowing her is acting the part of a 12 yo. Anyone who does know her and actually hates her is not likely publicizing their feelings.

  8. Most people can distinguish between hating a person’s policies and actions without making it personal.

    On the other hand, I find that I feel awfully negative feelings the minute I see or hear Bill Maher. He’s been around long enough and said enough vile, arrogant stuff that it’s safe to say I don’t like him; wouldn’t want to have him over for dinner; wish he would get into a new line of work. Do I hate him? I’m not sure I’d go that far, but that’s not the point…

    …regardless of how I FEEL about him, I would never “aim” to hurt him or remove him.

    Not everyone bases their actions on their feelings alone, expecpt of course Democrats! :0) Sorry, that was a joke. Save your freakout for a more worthy moment.

  9. ItalianSpring says:

    I disagree and so does Hillary


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