Sunday, January 9, 2011


Like many Americans I viewed the Sunday morning political talk shows and heard the reflections of prominent political voices. The words were those expected, however, the big single word that came out of the wall to wall press discussions was VITRIOL.

My sadness is identical to that of millions of Americans, and I join in the prayers for those who lost their lives and those fighting for survival as a result of this seeming senseless act of violence. However, we all hold some degree of responsibility and I suggest that first and foremost our elected officials and politicos should examine their rhetoric and tone down the venom. The populace is able to separate party line from their own convictions no matter their voting preferences.

The level of vitriol has risen to a precarious point caused in part by the blatant disregard of the will of the American voter. I feel it is inappropriate to blame the Tea Party movement for this event, as some hypocritical political voices have. We all must consider just how we are addressing political discourse.

The issue of the mental health of the man in custody remains to be seen. And if there was a problem, how he was treated is another issue.

Disturbed people have functioned and not functioned in this world forever. Some have lived quietly and some have committed heinous crimes. I do not have an answer as to how society can account for the crazies. It does seem that in the 21st century we should be able to do a better job serving and identifying those so disturbed.

I trust our system will prevail in appropriate investigation.


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