It's still early on the East coast but I did wonder what the nastiest of the wingers had managed to find for criticism. The Limbaugh types will likely do their spin and nitpicking later.
What Was and Is Missing
The POTUS had a huge down-and-dirty chance and reason to weave pure politics here. He pirouetted instead.
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, "when I looked for light, then came darkness." Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.
For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind.
The oration wisely and skillfully pivoted on Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old murdered that day. The life not fully lived, the innocent and eager, the gentle potential were and shall remain powerful thoughts and feelings.
...I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed....She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.>I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us – we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.
Of course the nasties will do their worst even with such wise, loving and compassionate calls. They surely will when in future days and weeks, the POTUS will suggest to Congress and likely in his next address to the nation how we might honor those who died and do good together.Alas for the divisive forces, last night's sentiments and those sure to follow are certain to remain powerful. The huge, steady voting blocs such as women and older citizens are far more likely now to be swayed by the imagery, ideas and feelings put forth last night than calls to revolution and loony conspiracy charges.
While last night's oration was decidedly unpolitical, the truth of the politics here is that those who elect our Presidents, governors, lawmakers and others are not inherently stupid or vicious. Given clear enough options for acting rationally and civilly, most may well do just that.