I am not a fan of politics or many politicians for that matter. I've never been drawn to politics, it all seems fake and contrived to me with not a bit of honesty. I've never understood what would draw someone into politics either. It's all so foreign to me.
I think the few good politicians get co-opted into the political fray of Right vs Left, and I think the few honest voices get drowned out by the roar of the political machine that is Washington.
I consider myself somewhat conservative (although I don't think true Conservatives would consider me very conservative), and at the same time I consider myself somewhat liberal (again, I do not think true Liberals would consider me very liberal). I guess you could say I'm sort of 'middle of the road' with most of my views.
I was a registered Democrat for years, and years, and years, until I got sick of the 'Holier Than Thou' attitude of BOTH parties, then I became a registered Independent.
I don't consider myself 'anti-government', I do consider myself 'anti-politics'.
I'm very cynical when it comes to politics and politicians, I'm very suspicious of the media, and I'm skeptical when it comes to the idea of 'uniting the country' in this atmosphere of hate and blame.
Anyway, that's just me, and I don't mean for this post to be about me.
I am writing here to give the proper respect due to President Barack Obama for the outstanding memorial tribute he gave honoring the victims of the Arizona shooting. He struck just the right tone of compassion, encouragement, and spirit.
When I first heard the crowd cheering him I thought, "How inappropriate, this isn't a pep rally", and I think President Obama was taken aback a little at first too. But then I realized that these people weren't cheering because of anything to do with politics, they were cheering their fellow Arizonans, they were cheering their fellow Americans, they were cheering the victims and the heroes, they were cheering themselves. And rightly so.
For all her faults, America has a kind and generous heart. Americans can depend on each other when the chips are down. Give America a crisis and she puts differences aside and she pulls together. We saw this spirit on September 11 and the months following, and we saw this spirit after the Oklahoma bombing. Sad, tragic situation after sad, tragic situation you see America's true spirit. And it has nothing to do with politics.
Yes, there are those who choose to play the 'blame game' and point fingers at each other, and let's face it, that's the media cashing in on both sides of politics, but when we look beyond the media, when we look beyond Left and Right, we see the strong bond that is America.
Another prop goes to Rahm Emanuel, for stepping up and condemning those not only on the Right, but those in his own party who twisted the meaning of his words "never let a good crisis go to waste when it's an opportunity to do things you had never considered or you didn't think were possible" into 'you never want a serious crisis to go to waste'. Props to him for condemning those who would use this tragedy for political gain.
Will things go back to 'politics as usual' today? Probably.
But, hopefully, God-Willing, things will change for the better.
And for right now, I'm going to savor the moment.
Deserved props to Rahm Emanuel, to President Barack Obama, and to all my fellow Americans.
And many prayers for a cure for the sickness that would twist a mind and heart to this violence. And many prayers for the victims, for the families, and for America in the wake of this tragedy.
God Bless America.
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