Peace and purpose

Overcome Boston Marathon tragedy by creating something good

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Perhaps typically, liberal commentator Katrina vanden Heuvel is terrified not so much by attacks on America, but by the prospect that America will overreact to the Boston terror bombing – like after 9-11, she says.

This newspaper gives America infinitely more credit than that. And we hardly think the danger here is American reaction to the unprovoked assault on peaceful American civilians.

First of all, we don’t think America did overreact after the poor-man’s Pearl Harbor attack on America in 2001. It was a stark-naked act of war that killed several thousand and lowered a major city’s skyline, an evil aggression perpetrated not by a nation, certainly, but by a multinational organization of bloodlust killers eager and willing to lay waste to us all.

Continued attacks and attempted attacks over the years since 9-11 prove that the danger is still there, that radical Muslims are still at war with us.

That would seem to indicate a decided lack of overreaction.

Rather, we think the greater danger is to underreact to the Boston bombing.

But we don’t mean militarily.

The danger is that Americans will miss the opportunity to make something real, lasting, constructive and meaningful out of the carnage last week.

After we bring the perpetrators to justice; after we’ve shored up security at home and abroad; after we’ve shown the world again what America is made of – then we can set about to strengthen our country and ourselves even more.

Many around the country have already put on their running shoes to make common cause with the runners in Boston. In some cases, they’re running to raise money for the survivors; in other cases, they’re hoping to compete in next year’s race as a gesture of solidarity.

Either way, they’ll be feeding the need to do something – and getting more fit in the process, which is an end in itself.

But there are a plethora of things we can do to make something good come out of this unspeakable horror. Here are just a few suggestions:

• Set out to give of yourself – to your neighbors, community or nation. Find a cause and contribute your time, talent or treasure.

• Jump back into American civic life, which we’ve too often abandoned in past decades. Get involved in a political cause; bone up on local, state and national issues, and attend meetings when you can; or join a civic club, which provides a convenient, fun path to helping humanity.

• Dedicate time and effort to self-improvement. Lose that weight, read that book, take that class, mentor that child, walk away from the violence and filth you’re being fed by the culture. Find a personal development plan template on the web and write one for yourself. Get a life coach, or become one.

There are innumerable ways we can better the country by improving ourselves.

• Work for peace – in your
family, your community and the world.

You hear generalized pleas for peace a lot, but there are very tangible, specific things you can do.

Peace in your own life can be found in daily decisions to transcend yourself and your ego and think of others first. Few domestic quarrels are fought over who can do the most for the other.

When you work to create hope and opportunity, particularly in beleaguered inner cities, you’re working for peace. Consider
urging your house of worship, school, business, civic club or just your friends to join you in tackling some of the problems ailing our communities – from illiteracy to crime to poverty to unwanted and teen pregnancies, to the homeless, to pet overpopulation – the list is endless, and rich with opportunity to make a positive difference.

This is, in our view, the best way to respond to such things as the Boston bombing. Just decide we’re going to make America all the stronger, and that we’ll overwhelm the bad with good. We’ve cursed the darkness; now let’s light a candle against it.

In this, we cannot overreact.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/21/13 - 10:28 am
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Our reaction to 9-11
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Was not " a day that will for ever live in infamy". No. What we got was an intensive course on the peace loving World of Islam 101. Most American knew nothing of the religion of the World of Islam until they attacked America. Now that we understand that they are peace loving and we are evil war mongers, we can truly see who was to blame. America was to blame for 9-11. The true followers of GOD have spoken. They are an oppressed minority in America. They are an oppressed people in their own countries. We should rightly be apologizing to them and requesting more punishment that we may we reborn in Islam.

This is why the immediate attention from a terrorist attack is to the "heroes" in the street. Always. Minimize the "root cause", hatred of America. Minimize the responsibility and thereby the consequences of punishment.

These Boston Bombers were victims of society. They have already been punished sufficiently.

America will shed as few tears (its expected), collect some funds for the victims (make ourselves feel good), create makeshift shrines (get on TV), watch endless cable news reruns and then get back to American Idol.

Life goes on. The truth will be whatever our Messiah says. The truth will be whatever moves us forward toward or cultural revolution.

No one will notice that we had marshal law in Boston. No one will notice that we had 10,000 armed troops entering homes without warrants. No one will notice that after all of this military activity, that it was a private citizen who found "suspect #1 or #2" hiding in his boat. His boat. A highly visible boat in a neighborhood that has been searched house to house. From neighbor's reports, it seems that sheds and outbuilding were not a priority. More of an exercise in entering private residences by six or seven men in battle gear without a warrant?

Even the Jerry Springer "Cops Show" does a more thorough job of searching.

If the government were to need to know. For some future activity. Really need to know what it would take to overwhelm a community of "private citizens", who own defensive weapons, this Monday April 15th will be remembered. The fear of two young men with weapons running around their homes brought Boston to its knees.

So go out today, buy all of the guns and ammo you can buy. Obama now knows how to disarm you without taking your guns. Obama now knows how easily it will be to enter your home without your permission.

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t3bledsoe 04/21/13 - 11:10 am
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Great Editorial

• Jump back into American civic life, which we’ve too often abandoned in past decades. Get involved in a political cause; bone up on local, state and national issues, and attend meetings when you can; or join a civic club, which provides a convenient, fun path to helping humanity.

To me, this was the most telling of the lost spirit of Americans, in this editorial ! I can tell you, by my own observances, this paragraph should be a command to the parents of school-aged children ! Over the last year, Aiken County Board of Education held meetings about whether to take 2 million dollars from a contengency fund or raise property taxes to make up state ordered raises. There were so very few people to come and speak out against a tax raise. The "new tax increase and therefore tax rate" was raised by a vote of 8 for taxes and one against !

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seenitB4 04/21/13 - 11:59 am
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Run away??

walk away from the violence and filth you’re being fed by the culture.

Well that means turning off the tv---news etc...because it is embedded with our senses....
One of the reasons I do watch The Duck Dynasty...they might blow up stuff but it won't be humans...

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/21/13 - 02:17 pm
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"walk away from the violence

"walk away from the violence and filth you’re being fed by the culture"

Talk to your family, friends, co-workers about this and observe the reaction. Watch the face and the eyes. I call it the the glazed zombie-eye look. It would be quite comical if it weren't so damn sad.

They walk and vote amongst us.

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rmwhitley 04/21/13 - 04:11 pm
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The rest of the
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world despises us, yet lefties are concernd about not hurting their murderous feelings. The left wishes to emulate the french, world's premiere cowards. America is doomed but the left believes conservatives are at fault.

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scoopdedoop64 04/21/13 - 10:08 pm
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It is here and we must be prepared to deal with it.

Unfortunately, I don't believe this will be the last terror attack. Terrorists are cowards who can't fight with you so they blow up people and turn and run. It's hard to deal with people like that which lack the courage to fight you face to face. While I don't believe that all Muslims are terrorist, I believe most terrorist are Muslim and are taught to hate and kill the infidels. You can't reason with people like this. Therefore, we must all stay alert, watch for signs of terrorist activity, and then go on and live our lives bravely in the face of these cowards. We can't let them control our lives.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/21/13 - 10:51 pm
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Why?

By most counts this “man” lived here for a decade or more.

Was there nothing in his life that taught him the redeeming qualities of this country? All those years going through the public school system, did no one point out the positive qualities of our system? Or was he bombarded with the negative only?

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scoopdedoop64 04/21/13 - 11:09 pm
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Good Question

YoungFred, that is a very good question. I know that we are not a perfect country by no means. We have all kinds of crazy stuff here but there is so much good in this country that you would have thought he would have had some type of compassion for the country that took him in and gave him freedom, an education, financial support. It is hard to fathom someone could be so heartless to hurt others in this way.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/22/13 - 12:39 am
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"overreact"

How is that possible? How does one overreact to such a heinous act? Does Ms. Katrina even know who our president is? The chance of him "overreacting" is slim to none.

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Darby 04/22/13 - 05:40 pm
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Who thinks we "overreacted" after 9-11?

Can't think of an example. Could have reacted more forcefully though. Bush was too timid.

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