2012 Campaign Slogan?
While I still disapprove of his policies and many of his actions, and probably always will, I have to give Barack Obama credit when credit is due. While I didn’t hear the speech he delivered, I did read the transcript and if liberals take note, maybe they will begin ratcheting down their vitriol we all have seen since Saturday.
Booing of Governor Brewer was uncalled for as was the more festive atmosphere reminiscent more of a Pep Rally before Obama spoke, complete with souvenir T-Shirts, than a Memorial for 6 people murdered.
I believe he could have come out more strongly against the vitriol and rhetoric seen this week, but his speech seems to be a step in the right direction. Some excerpts from the transcript after the jump,
You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “when I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.
For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.
So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.
But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.
If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost. Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.
Transcript of the full speech here
The balls in your court, liberals. Will you all tone it down? Or continue escalating and driving us further to the brink of ruin?
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