MY comments are reckless? Mine??? Given the whole nature of this issue, Richard, I hope you see the incredible irony in that statement.
Frankly, I don't really care if you're disappointed in me, Richard. Not on this point I don't.
I'm sick of hearing violence-tinged terms like "lock n' load" (Buchanan) and "take him out" (Angle) used in political discussion. And I'm disgusted that the person who has used the most incendiary language over the past two years is considered a serious contender for the presidency. The time to worry about being polite and cautious on this issue is long past.
The tragedy today was a train wreck that a lot of people saw coming - Rep. Giffords included. But when Palin et al. were asked to tone down their rhetoric - they laughed. Well, nobody's laughing today, are they? No, instead Palin tepidly offers her "sincere condolences" on a Facebook page. Wow, talk about a disappointing political hack...
And if you think I'm going to be worried about being polite, then think again. If polite worked, Palin etc. would have assented to the earlier requests. But they didn't, mainly because those requests came from people like me (hated liberals) and not their supporters (e.g., Tea Party members). Well, the Tea Party leaders and their supporters had their chance and they blew it. That's why I'm disappointed in them, Richard.
And just how would you like me to focus on "the tragic and senseless loss of human life" in Tucson, Richard? There isn't a damn thing you or I can do to help the people who were killed and injured in today's shootings, is there. But there just might be something we can do to help change things in the future - and that is to join the effort to hold public figures accountable for what they SAY. THAT would be a tribute to the people whose blood was shed today. THAT would mean that their loss and suffering resulted in something good. That's what I'm trying to do, Richard. Why do you find that disappointing?
If you don't want to join in that effort, Richard, that's too bad. The more people who demand civility in public debate, the better chance it will have of succeeding. But if you are more concerned with protecting certain political leaders' feelings than you are with demanding some type of real change in the way they conduct themselves, then I'm beyond disappointed in you. Way beyond.
[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (1/8/2011)]