|It’s not about any of the elected officials here. It’s not about the college president. It’s not about the students cheering. The people about whom this memorial was were ignored for a large block of time at the beginning of this. It was Arizona Governor Brewer who got this thing on track, talking about the victims and who they were. The president has gotten glowing reviews from practically every corner, but he didn’t shut down the primary theme that has been occupying America since Saturday, and that is that conservative media was responsible for this. He started talking about “civility” in general. Kirsten Powers has a column in The Daily Beast today, and she’s got a good point here.
“When the president did lay blame, it was on Americans in general. Among the many odd assertions he made: suggesting that ‘what a tragedy like this requires’ is that ‘we align our values with our actions.’ We were told to ‘expand our moral imaginations.'” What does this have to do with anything? Nothing. They had a lone gunman, mentally disturbed. We have to figure out how he got the gun since he couldn’t afford it. We have to figure out why, since everybody knew he was such a menace, he was able to run as free as he was around that town. The questions are obvious. The answers are not that complicated here, but the notion that we Americans somehow need to improve ourselves? We need to get better at the way we talk with each other?