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A Political Pep Rally for Tucson?

What was supposed to be the memorial service for the Tucson massacre began with a puzzling invocation.  If one turned the television on without knowing about the horrendous act that occurred last week, he or she might think that this was yet another “townhall” meeting by President Obama.   The “pep rally” style that welcomed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano set the tone with a standing ovation complete with chanting.  (This is Arizona, right?  I didn’t know such warm and cozy relations between the state fighting for rights to detain illegal immigrants and the pro-amnesty Napolitano existed.) Her statement that, “We know that the violence that took place does not represent this community, state or country,” was also interesting given the fact that shortly after she was placed in the position of Secretary of Homeland Security, she issued a bulletin describing the “right-wing” extremist.

 The moments of bizarre outbursts of applause and certain statements left me in a state of confusion.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t a memorial about the victims and their families?  Those who displayed acts of courage and heroism should be honored.  But, the idea is to honor those who died.  Mere minutes were given to detail the lives of those who were murdered at the hands of a crazed lunatic. 

 As I began to wonder if there would be a sudden outbreak of lighters and renditions of “We are the World,” between the standing ovations and political congratulations, passages in the Bible were expressed.  Secretary Napolitano cited a passage in Isaiah, which, ironically is a prophetic clue to the soon coming Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 40:3) and then the President quoted Job and Psalm 46.  Refraining from keeping too much emphasis upon the Almighty, Mr. Obama informed and dazzled the audience with, “I want everyone to know shortly after my visit to [Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords], she opened her eyes.” He then kept repeating, “Gabby opened her eyes.” Well, hallelujah, Mr. President!  Was it your healing hand? Forgive my sarcasm and cynicism, but this was an odd moment and an equally odd delivery method, in my opinion.  Rather than simply expressing the miracle of her survival, healing, and the thriving initial recovery, he drew attention to himself. 

Another strange highlight was when he stated, “This will prompt debate and it should.”

Really?  The deaths of innocent bystanders, whose bodies haven’t even been laid to rest, should prompt debate?  While many expected that the President might rebuke the far-left ramblings and incantations of division and blame, I had hoped for more.  The rhetoric that has come out of the mouths of many liberal democrats has been nothing short of shameless and reprehensible.  If conservatives spoke so venomously about the left, there would, no doubt, be hell to pay by President Obama.  His speech barely touched upon the divisive measures that have been taken up the far-left in government and media.  Does he not know that prominent conservatives have actually been blamed for inspiring the crime?  Has he not heard of government officials using this as ammunition (forgive my violent inciting rhetoric, please) for their own political agendas, even for campaigning material?  Perhaps he hasn’t noticed the blatant hypocrisy of the left in distinguishing the difference in political metaphors and blatant invitations for violence?

A response to this garbage-laced profusion requires more than just soft, stroking words.  However, let me state again, that the purpose of a memorial really is not the forum for any political discussion.  There should have been a separate, earlier speech directed by one who is supposed to be the leader of this nation and more specifically his party! 

Finally, President Obama began yelling with a look that recalled highlights of his 2008 campaign moments.  Does anyone know why was he yelling?  Undoubtedly, some will say that I am just politicizing this event.  Really?  It seems pretty clear that this memorial was more about encouraging political morale and an attempt to raise the president’s abysmal polling numbers than it was about honoring the victims of this crime. 

Am I the only one who thought this was really…weird?

There is a time and a place for politics and this was not it.  Without the courageous and unwritten speech of the brave intern, Daniel Hernandez, it would have been easy to mistake this for a school pep rally, rather than the Memorial for the innocent victims.

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  1. Dave K
    January 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I didn’t see the memorial due to working late and it sounds like I’m fortunate that I missed it.

  2. KyleHAmpton
    January 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    So the people who died getting shot by a mad man were nothing but in a pep rally ……….. interesting now we know how ignorant people can be.

  3. January 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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