The mainstream media, in its race to capitalize upon a crisis, have impulsively manipulated a tragedy carried out by a deranged individual into an opportunity to condemn and lambast fellow Americans with opposing beliefs.
Within hours of the Tucson Massacre a media circus of left-leaning liberal prognosticators ignited like raging wildfires in the southwest. These purveyors of hate launched their accusations at those with a difference of opinion in an attempt to implicate them as accessories to a crime and to castigate them as evil adversaries whose words need to be regulated.
Some of the questions being debated among the media since the incident in Tucson:
- Do words have consequences?
- Do we need to denounce words?
- Has public debate been poisoned?
- Is the political atmosphere too toxic?
- Is vitriol a precursor to violence?
- Do we need to tone down the rhetoric?
The media’s desire to brand uninvolved people or parties is an evasion of responsibility meant to disparage the credibility and destroy the character of folks with opposing viewpoints to further promote their own personal agenda of preconceived righteousness. Leftists prefer to squelch debate instead of engage in it because they cannot fathom that there are factions of folks who disagree with their ideas. Censorship through exploitation is their insidious goal.
Keith Olberman, a deranged, disturbed and demented madman employed as a commentator for MSNBC called on politicians, like Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle who he vehemently despises, to ‘repudiate’ past rhetoric and demanded that Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly without whom he would not have any material for his show, to offer ‘solemn apologies’ for giving ‘oxygen to those deep in madness to whom violence is an acceptable solution.’ Earth to Keith, the United States government has not perfected the technology to identify psychopaths prior to mental health evaluations. Good thing for your sake.
Margery Eagan, a Brookline, MA liberal commentator, wants to ‘remind regular Joe and Jane Americans that ours is a violent nation; that powerful politicians’ normalizing and embracing violent imagery can indeed incite real nuts, who are in no short supply.’ Margery is right on. The real nuts are media zealots who can only see the world one way, their way, totally devoid of a difference of opinion and different point of view. She considers us a violent nation because we are not Stepford Americans conforming to every whim of the liberal agenda.
Wanting less growth of government does not make us a violent nation. Wanting fiscal responsibility does not make us a violent nation. Wanting to change our representation in Washington D.C. does not make us a violent nation. Wanting control of our own healthcare does not make us a violent nation. Wanting a better education for our children does not make us a violent nation. Having different priorities and wanting different outcomes makes us lucky to be Americans.
John Kerry, senior Senator from Massachusetts, could not be reached for comment. He is in Sudan catering to the needs of a foreign country instead of addressing priorities within his own country.
On January 8, 2011 a terrible tragedy occurred in Tucson, Arizona. Words did not kill or injure anyone that day and neither did a gun purchased legally by the assailant.
Only one individual, Jared Lee Loughner, fueled by obvious forms of delusion and mental illness has been apprehended. Only one individual, Jared Lee Loughner committed premeditated murder. Only one individual, Jared Lee Loughner purchased a 9 mm glock. Only one individual, Jared Lee Loughner pulled the trigger, killing six and wounding fourteen. Only one individual, Jared Lee Loughner destroyed the lives of hundreds of folks at a Congress on the Corner event.
Debate is defined as a deliberation of argumentation in which two opposing parties defend and attack a proposition. Defend and attack?? It is robust freedom of expression, pro and con, that can only exist in a free marketplace of ideas. America is a country that was conceived in liberty and over a period of 235 years has gradually matured through a process of intense debate among our countrymen. Provocative debate has been ongoing since our founding. It has accelerated our exceptionalism by 5000 years and it will continue to be the greatest expression of freedom exercised by our melting pot of cultures, creeds, and colors. America houses a people of noble perseverance whose belief systems are crafted and shaped by an amalgamation of freedoms but without an open exchange of ideas America’s salvation will be doomed.