Vail Daily letter: Tragedy in Tucson
Vail, CO, Colorado
Evidence indicates that Jared Lee Loughner is a mentally disturbed man who targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several persons near her on Saturday in Tucson.
The sad attempt by the left-leaning pundits and press that the massacre had to be the fault of the tea party movement, and Sarah Palin in particular, is the tragedy. In the words of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, they created a “climate of hate.”
To use this event to criticize the rhetoric of Palin or others with whom you disagree, you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the rhetoric and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be a vicious lie, or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?
I understand the desperation that Democrats must feel after taking a historic beating in the midterm elections and seeing the popularity of ObamaCare plummet while voters flee the party in droves. It is sad that those who purport to care abut the health of our political community show precious little actual concern for America’s well-being when they seize on any pretext to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.
“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions” – President Ronald Reagan.