Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Seasonal-ship of Liberal Civility

The following was printed in the Santa Cruz Sentential on 1.22.2011. What I was astounded by was the wanton hate speech included and the willingness to use the tragedy of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shooting by the writer; this after all the press and the Presidents plea to stop "the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness...” Why is it the Democrats only concern themselves with vitriol when the Republicans are doing well? All one has to do is remember back 10 short years and the hate and violent death vitriol the left used against George Bush and Sarah Palin. Apparently any discussion of giving it a rest, at least until we bury our dead is falling on liberal deaf ears.

Get a handle on guns

After seeing the picture of a bald-headed Jared Loughner, my first impression was "he's crazy like a fox." More finger pointing, no, just getting at the truth of what led Jared Loughner on his shooting spree of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others. Things were out of focus in the initial stages of the shooting, but if you dig a little and piece all together, it's right in front of you in black and white. Jared Loughner was an echo chamber with a fascination for the tenets of extremist right-wing groups. Loughner had an anti-government ideology that was constantly being reinforced by the anti-government voices of the Tea Party, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and "Momma Grizzly" Sarah Palin. It was easy for him to act out his fantasies and murderous rage in the toxic stew of Arizona. And it was easy for him to buy a Glock 19, with inordinate killing power; the rest is history. Americans have short attention spans, preferring not to remember wanton killings now being witnessed regularly. Thus, we are re-living them over and over again, and will continue to do so until we get a handle on guns and the people who misuse them.

Ron Lowe, Santa Cruz

Please note my reply was not intended in any way to make light of the horror and heart break that occurred as a result of shootings in Tucson. This reply is designed solely to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the likes of Ron Lowe and a mind so closed to civility and truthfulness, that his only reality appear to be partisanship.

My reply, Okay Ron Lowe, you got us. Yes, Jared Loughner is a member of the Teaparty, deep under cover of course. His plan was to act like an anarchist and then assassinate a political figure (like that’s never happened before) and blame it on the left (crazy like a fox). But Ron I gots to know, what was our mistake? How did you catch on? Even his friends pegged him as an apolitical dope smoking mental case slipping slowly into his paranoid delusions. But as you said it was “right in front of you in black and white.” Loughner was obviously a closet Constitutionalists, as everyone knows there is no difference between the limited government our founding fathers envisioned and wrote into the Constitution and Loughner’s anti-government ideology that is based on the writings of Marx and Hitler. And we would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you and those kids!

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