03 April, 2009

Alright People - What are We Going to Do About This?

I am disturbed thinking about what this means:
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A gunman barricaded the back door of a community center with his car and then opened fire on a room full of immigrants taking a citizenship class Friday, killing 13 people before apparently committing suicide, officials said.

Investigators said they had yet to establish a motive for the massacre, which was
at least the fifth deadly mass shooting in the U.S. in the past month alone(emphasis mine).
The 5th? Really? I am so angry at such a wide swath of people for inciting such violence. The political parties have gotten so mean and vile (and I *do* blame the Republicans more than the Democrats on this one), calling each other traitors, communists, evil-doers, and generally whipping their "followers" into hate-filled frenzies. Some of Palin's crap in that last election is unforgivable.
  • I am angry with the greedy bastards who pillaged the country for as much money as they could get their filthy little hands on, which has caused so much hardship for so many people.
  • I am angry that people suffering from the resulting hardship are looking for easy blame, rather than trying to genuinely understand what happened, and prevent it going forward.
  • I am angry at politicians and media organizations who hope to get benefits, ratings, and votes from dumbing-down their rhetoric and giving people easy, largely false answers.
  • I am angry with spineless Democrats who are more interested in their own stupid careers, than making the hard choices that might make a difference.
  • And finally, I am angry that people see violence as a way out. What the hell is happening out there that murder and death seem preferable to any kind of life? Have we been that desensitized to violence or have we, as a society, just ceased to give our citizens anything to live for?
I hate to feel this way. We have to fix it.

1 comment:

Aaron Lander said...

This isn't the whole solution, but it's time to break away from the American Dream of super-consumer.

We need to move away from being the largest consumers on the planet to being the largest promoter of true freedom and democratic principles. Stop treating our fellow citizens as subhuman because they do not have the financial wealth, sexual preference, or skin color that are preferred by those "in power".

Maybe then, our fellow citizens will not be as likely to massacre people because the economy took a dive. They might have a better social support network to keep them anchored emotionally.