08 January 2011

Graphic Politics

Well, how should we interpret this sort of graphic? I suppose that it is an innocent picture and that anyone who takes it seriously is an insane madman? Guns don't kill people, and pictures don't either. Right. And, of course, firearms belong in church and coffee shops and public meetings. Right, again. I've commented on such nuttiness here before. So where is the responsibility? That is a term that conservatives love to toss around - as though they are committed to values. Is it time yet for conservatives to stand up and not just decry 'senseless violence,' but say 'our rhetoric and our politics inform and contribute to the violence'? I'm guessing that will not happen.

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Blogger sunlion777 said...

"help us prescribe the solution". I've heard enough Republicans and members of the MSM try to paint today's shooter strictly as "insane", as though anyone's "insanity" is something that can be completely divorced from the direction it is pointed in by others. Insanity is not struggled with in a vacuum, separate from everything around it. The evil point of the wealthy's current messaging system is not geared to those who won't act for them, but to those who will.

08 January, 2011 20:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that I agree with that entirely. If someone has suffered a psychotic break then stimuli from external events or statements that might ordinarily have been received in one way can provoke a fatal and wholly disproportionate response. It's not clear what Jared's state of mind is or was, although evidence keeps pointing toward his having planned this. I do, however, agree with your last sentence wholeheartedly - but that doesn't necessarily include Jared either. It may just as well only require voters or abstentions at the ballot box.

Quite aside from his purported insanity however there are legitimate arguments and observations to be made about the climate and political rhetoric. I think some of those observations are made compellingly by Michael Tomasky here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jan/09/us-shooting-republicans-giffords-loughner. It's also worth noting that recent Homeland Security reports have gone some distance toward predicting this type of violence.

10 January, 2011 13:01  

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