I think it is the hype of it all. The media, TV, Radio, and the political maneuvering in an effort to look good to the voter. Television has been ablaze with graphic photos of the carnage, Talk Radio has done everything it can conger up to politicize the tragedy. On this one Rush Limbaugh was worse than any of them. I found it interesting that he spent his opening remarks on day two clarifying that he was not trying to politicize the situation, then he began ripping away at President Obama one way to the next. By the time he was done he had the President and his staff meeting in dark rooms figuring out every political angle regarding the Boston tragedy. But of course, Rush assured us, it was not politicizing the tragedy.
One comedian on TV, was obviously upset. He clarified that he was not a good enough comedian to cover his anger and disgust. Others said about the same thing. People on the street, the job, as well workers going about their business, expressed raw anger about the events of Boston. But when you mentioned that little boy, you really hit the nerve. It’s something when you watch grown men choke up, and tears come to their eyes as they describe their little boy. Yeah, the anger, the disgust, and the determination of this country are real.
But we are Americans. We will get through this. And while the person’s or person who did this has not yet been captured, I am convinced without doubt that they will be captured. I know, also that they will be tried, convicted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
But we all know that there is no punishment, nothing that could be done to them, that would in any way replace the anguish, pain and sorrow, of the families who lost someone dear during the Boston Marathon.
But there is one thing that we must not do. We must not, we can not, retreat. We can not cower, and make laws designed to restrict our movement during such events. We can pursue laws that restrict our ability to have a good time at such events. we can not place ourselves in situations where attending such events is so restrictive we can no longer enjoy ourselves.
Baseball, basket ball, foot ball and Marathons are part of the American dream. Part of what it is to be us. Concerts big crowds and all the other events bring us all together, unite us, and for the moment make us one. AMERICANS.
We can not over react. We can not continue to dump a little freedom here, a little freedom there, some more freedom over here, all in the name of safety. Pretty soon, you see, the little we gave up last year, that bit of free movement last month, and that liberty last week, becomes a lot. Soon, we will look around and discover that we, Americans, the very ones who cherish freedom, gave it all away. All out of fear.
We should take this time to remind ourselves what Franklin Roosevelt said the thirties, In response to the great Depression. This great president said to all Americans “The only thing we have to fear…..is fear itself”! If we allow some terrorist crack pot to scare us, and let fear rule our world, all that we cherish, then we shall, have no freedom. If we have no freedom, then we have lost. Our nation has fallen to the enemy. They win, we loose.
And so my fellow Brother and Sisters, Americans all, Run an extra mile, tie a yellow ribbon around an Oak tree, raise a tattered flag. Do it out of defiance, tell those who would do us harm, terrorize our national events, bomb our national treasures, paralyze us into fear, drag our will of freedom down, that we are Americans. We do not cower, We will not live in fear, but will rise out of the ashes of anguish, and as we have always done stand tall, That is what we must do now.
That’s my point of view. I look forward to your insights on the events of the day as well. Pray for Boston. Pray also for the families who lost loved ones. Pray for those who were wounded, a prayer of thanks for the hero’s of the day. Those who ran in as others fell, could use a prayer as well. Pray for our nation as well as our President. Pray for peace.
Have a good night and as usual………..God Bless America.