The angry red haze billowing over America was perturbed by the shooting of a Congresswoman outside of a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. It was this vicious agitation that has torn the lids from the closed eyes of America and forced a new and sudden awareness of how thick and encompassing that furious national red cloud has become. To think we’d let the choking red haze of political rhetoric freely fill and poison every news media outlet, town hall meeting, and neighborly conversation. America has continued to feed this rolling red cloud, and the hateful rhetoric has now overshadowed not only our political atmosphere, but has seeped into the collective dialogue of our free and paranoid country.
I’ve long been wondering when the first shots were going to take place in this political frenzy of ours. To be fair and honest, the lethal gunshots of a maddened 22 year old named Jared Lee Loughner were not the first shots of a hysterical political system, and they won’t be the last. As Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fights for her life, we must understand her tragedy is America’s tragedy.
It is 2011 and America should be past the senseless ‘hero’ killings. There should no longer be gunshots used to prove points, nor should the killing of American politicians and ideologues stand as a ‘turning point’ or commencement of revolution. America should be a land of many ideas, and at the end of the day, Americans should defend the rights of their neighbors’ beliefs in an attempt to salvage their own. But in 2011, America has regressed.
America, as she stands, has teeth clenched, her stomach in knots, her sphincter clenched against volatile waves of nausea. Her brain is swamped in endogenous chemical cocktails producing a simultaneous fear/hate/anger/apathetic high. She has been breathing for far too long this pungent red smog. She is insane and tortured, and while America holds her torch high, her thoughts are in order to lower her flame and light her flowing garment afire. While she shrieks in searing pain, while the flames eat her gown and then grab her hair, America will still be bewildered about who caused her this final act of shameful death by fire.
The politically charged red cloud has finally been spotted. It glows a glorious scarlet tonight in the raging spiteful fires burning across the bleak American expanse. The fires are frightfully consuming and fueled by political trash. We’ve been forced to feel its heat, but this time we cannot close our eyes, nor can we turn away. The haze has become dreadfully bitter. We can now taste it.
Our climate is red versus blue. There is no reason to be bi-partisan in America these days. The Red has launched its campaign and determined the Blue to be anti-American, to be in league with terrorism, and to be working to undermine and unravel the very binding fabric of America’s goodness.
The Blue has done little to defend itself. The Blue members have been painted blue and have been placed in front of a bright-colored red backdrop. They march around, like the rest of us, unaware of just how toxic the red fog of fear and hate has become. The Blue have been labeled socialists, communists, fascists, terrorists, and atheists, all of whom are unpatriotic and treasonous.
The Blue have been cast as targets and the crosshairs have been placed on their heads. This is our political climate; we have fostered it, promoted it, condoned it, or failed to recognize and take a firm enough stand against it.
Many Americans will ask how we came to this, the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona congresswoman. But the real question is how America will ever get out of this.