Sticks and Stones

The tragic shooting in Arizona proves that we are not in control of what happens around us. Senseless acts leave us feeling scared and vulnerable because of the sheer random occurrence of the acts themselves. It’s horrifying think that such evil exists and yet it too often does. The background of the person behind this despicable act of violence and what his motives are only that he is a disturbed individual, another example of a toxic society that has no moral foundation.
What we also know is that his actions had nothing to do with the political discourse in the country despite all that we’ve heard over the past few weeks. Regardless of the facts of the case the far left went right to work placing blame on Sarah Palin and the tea party movement. With complete disregard for the victims, even Jane Fonda got in on the act by tweeting just hours after the shooting that this was the fault of Sarah Palin. The lefty press has had a field day of blaming the right and chastising the use of words, like crosshairs, targets, firing, killing, words that are used sometimes as metaphors for political argument.
Are we so weak as a people that words mere words can do this kind of damage to us? I say that we should harken back to something our mothers told us when we were little kids. That is that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. We empower others when we imply that their mere use of a word or words will be a justifiable cause to any violent action such as the mass murder in Arizona.
In the spirit of not allowing a good crisis to go to waste, the lefties claim that those on the right have ratcheted up the political rhetoric in this country to a dangerous level, yet they use exaggerated claims to make their case. At the same time they ignore similar actions from the left.
Such as the President of the United States, who said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl”. Following the far left’s logic, Barack Obama is thus responsible for every gun shot victim in Philadelphia. Ridiculous? Of course, just as it’s ridiculous to blame Sarah Palin for what happened in Arizona.
Yes, the political discourse in this country is high and that’s OK. It’s only dangerously high if we allow mere words to make us weary. Conservatives have grown tired of all the lies and half truths, the double standard in the media, where the burden of proof exists only on the right. Yet, none of this played a role in what took place in Arizona. Spirited political debate has always defined American politics and rarely does it lead to violence. We see a sense of desperation in the far left, they understand that they’re losing the war of ideas.
It’s no wonder with some of their chief operatives Chris Mathews and Keith Olberman. Tell me these guys aren’t the best gift to Conservatives all by themselves. The far left tried to wear out the tea party and then began attacking it with false charges of racism and violence.
Words are like poetry, simple tools to be crafted by people to achieve discourse. Let’s be sure that we don’t lose our right of free speech just to be more polite in our political discourse. Yes sometimes it will get messy and even a little ugly, but if we all realize that they’re just words we will all be the better for it.

About Commish Greg

I have had a life long love affair with the New York Yankees and baseball period. In my retirement I've discovered the hobby of sports game simulation through online gaming. I also have collected cards and memorabilia since I was 7 years old in 1961. I inherited from my uncle the collections starting from 1956 - 1960 and in 1961 I started my own collecting. I started an online league through Out Of The Park Development and their game OOTP16. The name of the league is the Alternate History Baseball League and it began in the 1954 baseball season when I and fifteen others held an inaugural draft and began the AHBL league in earnest. In my blog I will review the AHBL league and also mix some pop culture and historic events from real life. I hope you enjoy !
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