When Barack Obama asked America to not relent to our darker side but seek our better angels to compromise and work together, many again began the chant of how naïve he was. After this terrorist attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her peaceful group, how naïve does it sounds now? Everyone is talking about this now but how long before it becomes a distant memory?
Associated Press reporters Charles Babington and Calvin Woodward wrote an article called After rampage, appeals to cool the political tone and what is the most important of all of the information contained in this article was the words of “Jonathan Cowan, president of the centrist Democratic group Third Way , said: “We do know that politics has become too personal, too nasty and perhaps too dangerous. Perhaps out of this senseless act some sense can return to our public discourse.” Keith Olbermann from Countdown had a special comment where he asked all of us to refrain from using rhetoric which could be considered advocating violence whether it was meant in that fashion or not. He received one response that I am aware of which stated that his call went unheeded but that was just one and probably not the majority of responses that he had or will receive. The best evidence that this nation may just really have had enough was the warm and sincere desire of the interviewers on Fox News to ask for calm as well. Will they too be called naïve for asking this?
My concern is that while all of these is fresh in our minds many will call for a stop to the unintentional and sometimes intentional call for 2nd Amendment remedies if a group of people do not get their way but after the smoke has cleared and many began to get back to their normal routines, will we remember and institute this call? We are all aware that sometimes we say some things that we did not mean in the way that it was interpreted but because that is a human trait it is really up to those who hear us speak in that manner to challenge us right then and there. It is also up to interviewers, reporters and journalist to be ever more vigilant when they get these types of responses. It is also up to them to insure that any correction be reported as quickly as it is reported of what was said. Journalism has probably the biggest role to play because many of us get our news from the sources that speak to us and if they are constantly reporting the negative then all we are going to hear is negativity. America used to be thought of as “The Land of Milk and Honey” but lately we can be seen as “The Land of Sticks and Stones”. It’s time for a change.
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