Saturday, January 8, 2011

When will the political chaos end?

I realize that it has been a very long time since I blogged here - unfortunately life and career got in the way, leaving little time for hobbies and such. However, today's events in Tucson, Ariz. which resulted in a member of Congress in critical condition and at least six people dead due to an act of domestic terrorism lead me to finally return to this blog and comment on the chaos occurring in our political world.

Before everyone gets reactionary and start to demand for the repeal of gun rights, we need to allow the police to do their investigation first. Once we find out how this individual came to obtain a gun, if it was done illegally, then those who did not follow the laws in place should be held accountable - the blood is on their hands. If the assailant was legal to carry, then we need to delve into why he felt the need to use a weapon to kill and injure. If the evidence shows that all of the hateful speech being tossed around in today's political arena sparked this guy's rampage, then we need to start looking at another amendment - the First.

I'm pretty true to our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights - I enjoy the freedom of jury trials; protection against cruel and unusual punishment; the right to a speedy trial; protection against illegal search and seizure; the right to bear arms (obviously); and the freedom of religion, of the press, being able to assemble, and especially the freedom of speech. But my fear is that the wicked tone of all of the political mud throwing since President Obama took office is beginning to ignite my fellow U.S. citizens to commit criminal acts.

We have seen a number of unlawful activities pop up during the last Congressional session. Those members of Congress who voted for healthcare reform had offices vandalized; hate mail of large proportions have been sent to all levels of Democratic elected officials and even fractures within the Republican party have led people who adhere to the Tea Party to spew viseral tones of dissent with very little mention of alternative actions or proposed legislation.

Some within the right-wing media use the First Amendment as a crutch to defend their hateful speech, but with such speech spawning acts of violence across the nation, there is a correlation to someone yelling "fire" in a crowded theater which leads to people being trampled to death, or even closer, those within the Aryan nations using hateful racist speech to cause their members to commit violence against their targets.

It's time for America to come together and unite against all this hateful political speech being vomited into our societies. Instead of buying into what these angry and spiteful people say, we need to listen to our hearts, think on our own with our own minds, and treat our fellow citizens with kindness and respect.

This doesn't mean we have to agree with each other, but it does mean we need to act in a respectful manner to those with which we disagree and actively try to find some level of consensus, without all of the vitriolic commentary. To the Rush Limbaughs, Glenn Becks and Tea Party leaders in the nation, I challenge you to learn how to convey your thoughts without all of the hate and destructiveness. The rest of America, outside of your followers, don't buy into your fear tactics. Isn't it time we put all this bitterness aside and work for some real solutions for America?


  1. Sure, Tracee- we can work for some unilateral consencus and work for real solutions for America. I'm all for it. In fact, I have the perfect solution: Follow the Constitution and don't try circumventing it with all kinds of psuedo "for the children" laws when all your kind really want is to disarm all of us.
    On second thought, no, I don't want to look for a common solution- we already have one.
    It's called the Constitution.
    Don't dress yourself up as a sweet and saucy wench and try to convince me I'm in for a good time when your only thoughts are how to get my "wallet".
    Shy III

  2. too bad the mud throwing started when Bush was in office, you get the same talk, just from the other side. But now that Obama is in the White House it is bad. . . why was it OK when Bush was in there???

    As an independent I can tell you I am sick of the double standard from the left. They pushed plenty of hate talk the 8 years of Bush and that was OK but now that the one is in charge it is bad. . . sorry, don't buy it.

  3. challenge you to learn how to convey your thoughts without all of the hate and destructiveness.

    I challenge those on the left to do the same thing. Judging by what I've seen and the vitriol I've personally had hurled at me by liberals I don't think many of the left are capable of meeting that challenge.

    Shorter version. You first! Don't demand your political opposition do what you are unwilling / unable to do yourselves.

  4. "Tracee Larson was previously a member of the Advisory Board of the American Hunters and Shooters Association, a “false flag” organization that pretended to represent gun rights while actually calling for more gun control.

    AHSA was founded by millionaire Ray Schnoenke, a leading contributor to Democratic causes. Schnoenke previously also contributed to Handgun Control, Inc. the predecessor to the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence."

    Looks like your opinions rank right up there with the likes of Mccarthy and Schumer. Stop pretending to be someone you're not.