“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
While reading about the quote from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik what I saw reading the comments left on yahoo and other sites along with talk radio and few people online spots missed how the comment really was less about political party lines and just comment during a really sad and strange event. I’ve read more about the left trying to blame the right and the Sheriff is looking for the spotlight than just looking at it for what it is… A honest fact. Our campaigns have been more about belittling the opposition with less political stuff and more personal stuff these last few years. In 2000 during the Republican Primaries Rove and his people were down in the Carolinas saying McCain had a black baby out of wedlock. How was that political, how was that a concern for our nation? We seen the attack ads and smear campaigns go further and further each cycle. It has little to do with a side it’s a fact that it is getting out of hand.
I do agree that to link what happened Saturday with politics is a bit premature but it is to be expected? If this was some nut job who ran up and sucker punched or worst shot say Mel Gibson, the media would be trying to trace the persons family history to see if he was Jewish and did he ever think Gibson was a bigot? If what happened to John Lennon happened today we’d try to link the anti-war sentiments Lennon had to it and say that Mark David Chapman was pro-war or want to know his view on the war. In that respect yeah the media plays a real big part, I’ve heard more questions on what Jared Loughner political view is, as if it couldn’t have been personal. Maybe he knew one the people he shot and knowing this event was taking place got even? We don’t know but the media is feeding us a political angle. Those on the right wing talk shows and some online people seem to be playing defense for no reason. Even our politicians are erasing the party lines for now why can’t the radio talk radio shows do the same. Those were men women and children tat caught up in that event Saturday instead of focusing on a comment made by a Sheriff focus on the fact some crazy nutcase went on a shooting spree and needs to be brought to justice.