It has been a whirlwind 24 hours.  The news is saturated with the tragedy unfolding around Representative Giffords.  So much news that some wish to turn away from it.  So much speculation that many have grown confused.  It is the fallout that is of specific concern to several; the long term impact of the morbid demonstration of the abuse of freedom this act represents. 

In incidents such as this, the lesser first seek to find blame.  This from Pima County Sheriff who quickly exploited the tragedy to advance an agenda against the Tea Party which the perpetrator had no affiliation.  National politicians who blamed the blogosphere and even Sarah Palin.  Politicians who blamed the internet.  So few in this first 24 hours blame the perpetrator himself.  In a culture of entitlement and the absolution of personal responsibility, it is not a matter of the individual’s accountability, but the variables that could have enabled this individual to act in this manner; it is simply not his fault they insist through the demonstration of the accusations.

It is the fault of the right to carry laws in Arizona.  It is the fault of political rhetoric and political organizations.  It is the fault of a right wing extremist organizations.

Sheriff Dupnik

The epitome of what has gone wrong with the left (and I mean this constructively); the very embodiment of the rhetoric he denounces.  Before any conclusion could possibly be draw, Pima County Sheriff Dupnik was placing blame on the right and denouncing the state of Arizona as a “mecca for prejudice and bigotry” while further denouncing the Tea Party as the reason for an event that had yet to be investigated.  The objectivity of a Sheriff lost to the very rhetoric he sought to denounce.


The definition of rhetoric has been lost to the progression of political agendas on both sides.  Rhetoric is now any written or orated case against a given side.  Lost is the constructive nature of opposing views that has the potential of making a grossly failing two party system more effective.  A given side will refute “rhetoric” as nonsense before it will take such a criticism to evaluate their current position.  This is because our elected officials are forcing their personal agendas and special interests upon the people.  In as much, re-evaluating a position becomes impossible because the path to the end result cannot be altered with the expectation of delivering the people to the predetermined destination as set by the very few.  Rhetoric now represents a groundless dismissal of opposition.

What has happened in America is simple.  Rhetoric as it is currently defined is a highly contagious political tool that disables both the logic and reason of the adult ego state as it provides a path to unadulterated, emotive and irrational response.  Take Sheriff Dupnik for example.  This is a County Sheriff whom defiantly resists the enforcement of law while freely and illogically dismissing it to racist claims against his own people.  In translation, this simply means he picks and chooses the laws he will and will not enforce because he now possesses such an emotive response that he, by his own words can no longer function competently in his position.  His excuse is to find blame in others and not hold to account the responsibility of the individual perpetrating the act.

Loss of freedoms

In the wake of this tragedy, Americans can expect blame over accountability.  The sick act of individualism will recede to the agenda of government.  Dusted off will be legislation the government previously feared to pass.  Its renewal will be fueled by the exploitation of tragedy itself.  Already the administration is seeking the creation of internet IDs for Americans.   Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has announced she will introduce a gun control bill to ban the high capacity magazines used in the Arizona shooting.  Meanwhile, other politicians have sought to politicize the tragedy to advance their agenda against the Second Amendment.   The Tucson Democratic Party has also set its sights on the Arizona Second Amendment as it is in their opinion; the Second Amendment that is at fault for the shooting of Representative Giffords and slaying of the innocent.  It is not the Second Amendment that brought this tragedy forth, it was the perverse abuse of freedom.

Freedom is always accompanied by threats against it.  Such threats come from the hand of our own citizenry and those from abroad.  Meeting the threat against freedom requires a courage of unity which America is rapidly losing.  Legislation proposed in the wake of the Tucson massacre is based upon an emotive response that delivers all from freedom to protect against the few that would or could, under a given set of circumstances abuse it. 

No comfort

Second Amendment proponents are comforted by the Supreme Court rulings in defense of the Second Amendment.  However, it is important to remember that the June 28th ruling was 5 – 4 in support that the “Second Amendment’s guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws.”  This was identical in vote to a similar ruling just two years prior.  This is of concern in that the ruling comes in response to states and local communities insisting that the U.S. Constitution does not apply to specific areas of the nation when they seek to move legislation in directions against the Constitution itself.  A 5 – 4 victory in a case like this should be 9 – 0.  The flow of the Modern Liberal agenda against the Constitution is having an impact that could (through “rhetoric” induced emotive response) swing against the Constitution in the wake of tragedy.

In our ill belief that we can “control” guns, we believe we can control the people and their use of guns whether they are acquired legally or illegally.  This has been targeted by many because a gun was used.  The internet will be targeted because it is where much of this man’s emotional instability was disclosed and caused him to “slip through the cracks;” cracks that government will seek to seal through imposing restrictions of freedoms and liberties upon all of the people.  The belief for many active in politics today; if some cannot handle the responsibility of American freedom and liberty – none shall be entitled to it.

This horrific even was not the result of rhetoric, it was the evil abuse of freedom.  The challenge we are faced with as Americans; are we a strong enough people to defend freedom in dark of night when the evil it begets cowardly attacks its intent?

Not a matter of Right or Left

The Right was prematurely blamed for this tragedy by those sworn to uphold the law.  This was not the result of rhetoric; it was rhetoric in its perverse form.  Immediately the Right was sought out to be discredited in the wake of tragedy because American politics have devolved to such low levels that mourning the loss of life is now secondary to advancing a political agenda.

“The Right Wing Extremist” as this individual was claimed to be, was actually the furthest thing from it.  He believed in the big government universal solution.  His desired reading was of those embodied bodied by the far Left that even the true Left does not support.  The accusations against the Right, of course came before anything was discovered.  He was / is not a Right Wing Extremist, nor was / is he a Left Wing Nut Job.

The blame lies on his shoulders and his shoulders alone.  To use such a person and his actions against humanity to benefit a political belief system is an act as deviant as the turn of events that plummeted the state of Arizona into despair, dread and horror.  As we publically denounce this act of violence, those politicizing should be equally denounced.

Published, 10 January 20101 on Examiner.com

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