by Andy Weddington
Thursday, 15 June 2017
The prayers of cowards fortune spurns. Ovid
Yesterday morning a politically-driven lunatic armed with a semi-automatic rifle fired dozens and dozens of rounds at a group of GOP congressmen et al., on a ball field turned one-sided battlefield, before being stopped by nearby law enforcement.
He had, just beforehand, confirmed the general identity of his target. Intent.
Some wounded, including a congressman, others injured, and the shooter now dead.
Non-stop news coverage.
Oh, and of course, obligatory thoughts and prayers.
Thoughts and prayers.
And in the halls of Congress.
Will anything change?
Congress and media, the top, have set a national tone of vile and violence toward our President.
Recently, a "comic" beheading and a "staged" murder of a mock President Trump was celebrated by many.
Some celebrated yesterday's shooting and called for more.
But that goes to the tone (set by Congress and media).
Thoughts and prayers - political theatre.
Call for unity - political theatre.
Somebody(ies) knew something (about the deranged shooter) and somebody(ies) didn't say anything.
Had somebody(ies) sounded an alarm most likely there would not have been a shooting.
Thoughts and prayers, like hopes and wishes, are not actions.
Sounding an alarm (to law enforcement) is action.
And even that will not always stop a determined lunatic.
Alas, soon yesterday's horror is not forgotten but passes.
Thoughts and prayers peter out.
And the vile and violent demeanor toward President Trump returns full bore - led by (some in) Congress and most media; who are making it difficult, though not impossible, to make America great again.
I am done hoping, praying, and wishing for changes in politics.