I am not particularly a fan of Barbara Walters and oh Elizabeth what can I say about you, you are so far right that I imagine that you have a hard time driving a car on a two way road; you likely veer off the road when driving on the left side of the road.
Today on The View there was a discussion about the Arizona shooter, (I refuse to mention his name). Barbara Walters and Elizabeth and Hasslebeck strongly believe that since there is no evidence that political rhetoric contributed to the shooters actions that there should be no blame on politics or politicians. To that statement, Whoopi Goldberg said that perhaps all of us should look in the mirror to see how the way we live our lives and our actions might have contributed to the events in Arizona. Though I am paraphrasing Whoopi’s words I believe that she meant that the way we treat each other and the words we use to stereotype, ostracize and belittle other human beings is something that we all might examine.
Barbara Walters did today what she always does; she rejected the idea of any responsibility for anything wrong. Has she ever made a mistake and apologized for it? I believe that each of us should look at ourselves and see how the words we say contribute to the hate and division in this country. I also believe that the media and those that call themselves journalists should take responsibility for much of the moral decay within our society. It is not to say that is their entire fault it is to say however, that they lay the concrete foundation on which the house of decay is built. Long gone are the days of real journalists like Max Robinson and Walter Cronkite. Today’s journalist are no more than pimps that concern themselves more with ratings than with facts or human feelings.
However, we are not guiltless because we glue ourselves to the television listening and watching their orchestrated shows of human pain and suffering. We allow them to decide what news is; the discovery of a homeless man with a dynamic voice; the jailing of a young Hollywood starlet for failing a drug test; the tantrum of an overpaid sitcom actor throwing furniture in hotel room; the engagement of an 84-year old founder of a bunny club to a 24-year old bunny girl.
When was the last time you heard the details about the life of a young dead soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan? Did you hear about the loved ones they left behind, did you hear about why they decided to join the armed services to defend our right to have the freedom to allow the media pimps to not tell their story or give importance to their lives.
I don’t understand where we are headed in this country. We seemed to have had more when we had less; we seem now to care only in a crisis or tragedy and then only for a moment or a few days or until the crisis or tragedy are our own in a personal way.
If we look at how the victims who lost their lives during the Arizona shooting lived their lives there is where a lesson is to be learned. Imagine a nine-year old little girl, so inspired by a presidential campaign and election that she wanted to become involved in her student government; that she wanted to meet the congress woman that represented her district. Imagine how a man of faith so loved his wife that he pushed her down to shield her and in so doing gave his life for her own. Imagine a former social worker who wanted to be a part of making society better from the inside out arranging an event for his boss to meet her constituents, an event that would him his life, his fiancé a husband, his future children not be, his father a son. Imagine the homemaker whose home will no longer be filled with her love or the aroma of her meals. Imagine the Judge whose justice will no longer be given in his district, whose hugs will no longer be felt by his grandchildren, whose chair at dinner table will now be empty. Imagine a man a high school sweetheart whose hand you will never hold again.
Questions about the events on the day of the shooting are not irrelevant to the survivors but should be asked by law enforcement officials pursuing evidence to prosecute and not talk show hosts and reporters competing for an edge in ratings. I ask that the news media and their employees remember that. I ask that we all pray for guidance and that all human hearts be touched with love, compassion and acceptance. In the end no matter what our color, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, economic, educational or social status we all bleed red blood and we all will die. Let us pray for the fourteen injured including Representative Giffords. In honor of Christina Taylor Green age 9, Gabe Zimmerman age 39, Judge John Roll age 63, Pastor Dorwan Stoddard age 76, Phyllis Scheck age and Dorothy Murray age 76, I looked in the mirror this morning and let there be no others that die this way.