Some thoughts on yesterday’s events.
Apparently the left’s degree of hate is so large and their sense of honor so non-existent that the death of a 8-year-old girl and a federal judge is just another club to hit republicans in general and Sarah Palin in particular.
Listening to CSPAN this morning the template has already been made and it will be used against talk radio, the Tea Party etc. Facts be damned. What despicable people.
Looking at this analytically it is 30+ years since a member of congress was slain (the Jim Jones situation) and the last time a congressman was shot was back in the 30’s and that was an era when gun control was almost unheard of. The risk of this type of thing is a lot less than people think.
There are many basic responsibilities and duties of being a member of congress. Meeting with the people you represent constituents one of them. There is also a degree of risk inherent in being a public figure. I would remind every single member of congress that every single one of them begged the people for this job. There is nothing wrong with being careful but if you choose to use this as an excuse to dodge those you represent than you need to resign now.
As it has been said by Rahm Emanuel , never let a crisis go to waste: Expect people some to use this to ban guns and to stifle debate. I think this is a simple reality and complaining about it isn’t going to help, all one can do is call them out on it.
I think it is a huge mistake to make this shooter a public figure and to promote his tweets and youtube videos. That is the easiest way to promote this as a dramatic way out for the next loon.
I hate to say but looking at CSPAN this morning with Bill Press I have to conclude Glenn Reynolds is on the money with this:
As with Mike Bloomberg’s immediate effort to blame the Times Square bombing attempt on the Tea Party, this swift reaction betrays their hope for an issue that could save Obama by defaming his opposition. It also demonstrates that all their “have you no decency?” talk is a sham, since when push comes to shove, they have no decency themselves. Just desperate blood libels.
How many of our rights are we going to choose to surrender in order to make people think they are absolutely safe?
Steve Den Bestie wrote about the fog of news yesterday’s events were a perfect example of this.
Anyone who thinks that the tens of thousands of people praying for Gabrielle Giffords did not make a difference in her survival is in denial.
This is also a testament to medical science and to the team that saved her life, sometimes we overestimate the power of medical science but it is a really amazing just how far we have come.
The two statements above aren’t mutually exclusive.
And it’s an odd coincidence that yesterday morning I scheduled a post of my book reviews of a volume called Bloody Crimes dealing with Lincoln’s assassination and the attempt to capture Jeff Davis.
And big thanks to Robert Stacy McCain, Roxeanne DeLuca, Val Prieto and Barbara Espinosa and John Weston of Conservatively Speaking for staying the extra hour and to all our listeners who joined us online for the extra hour on the shooting.
Update: Instalanche! thanks Glenn, and don’t forget Instapundit readers. he is my scheduled Guest for next week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday at 9 p.m.
Oh BTW In comments I think I misinterpreted Chris’ critique, he didn’t think I was blaming atheism but didn’t like the line concerning the connection between the very unlikely survival and condition of a person shot through the brain and the spontaneous prayer of tens of thousands. I think the connection is no coincidence. To understand my thinking further I would suggest this post from March.