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Get off your high horse

As pretty much everyone knows by now, there was a shooting at a Safeway store in Casas Adobes, Arizona. Six people, including a judge, congressional staffer, and a nine–year old girl were killed, and congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured. I offer my condolences.

I must ask, is it really necessary to use every event or crime as a means to try scoring political points? People on both the left and right do this. Get off your high horses and do something more appropriate, classy, and tasteful. It is disrespectful for everyone affected. Trying to “take advantage”, so to speak, only works through appeals to emotion. Appeals to emotion may convince people, but are irrational because no decision has been made in a reasonable, thoughtful, or rigorous manner. And when people don’t make rational decisions, everyone suffers.

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Comments on: "Get off your high horse" (4)

  1. The real problem is not that politicians were killed, but rather that it didn’t change anything, thus making their deaths in vain. If the government feared the people, then it would change things. This is conclusive proof that the United States is not a free country according to the logic of one Thomas Jefferson, “When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have liberty.” If one person shooting several politicians does not scare the government into straightening up, that’s not a sad day because half a dozen people died. No. It’s a sad day because it’s only foreshadowing a much larger tragedy in the future.

  2. In fact, if my comment needs further clarification, I just wrote a full article on it today.

  3. Politicians and the government don’t fear (if at all) the people anywhere near as much as they fear losing.

  4. And therein lies the problem.

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