Shooting prompts many valid questions

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The senseless shooting in Tucson was one of the most terrible days in our country's history. It is a reason for all Americans to examine our own consciences to find ways to improve our actions locally and nationally. President Obama's admonishment of the "blame game" that began almost immediately after the shooting was the very strong and proper first step in the process.

However, as we begin to try to understand the "why" and see what we can do to improve our communal interactions in the future, the following thoughts need to be included:

- While this was certainly horrific, why was the reaction so significantly more than the tragedy of the Fort Hood shooting?

- Why is the role of the mainstream media so biased to one set of views in this country vs. reporting all sides and, most importantly, the facts?

- Why is one side always so quick to launch personal attacks, whether it be allegations of vitriol, racism or threats to individual welfare of the middle class?

- Why is "political correctness" the most important element in all analyses and debates and conclusions on any issues of national importance?

- Why is no one in politics or the media willing to suggest that possibly the Tucson shooting could be related in part to the less-than-civil manner Arizona has been attacked by this administration since Arizona passed its immigration legislation?

- Why is no one in politics or the media willing to suggest all the warning signs of the deranged mind-set of the shooter were there as far back at 10 years ago? Perhaps it is that our overall mental-health program is broken. No one suggested the Pima County sheriff, who has been most critical of one side ever since the shooting, seems to be the one who appears to have some responsibility for the way his department failed to act in response to these many warning signs.

Remember -- as we discuss fixes needed to address our mental illness problems in this country -- that the use of institutions to ensure unstable people would not be threats to themselves or others was done away with because of the demands of this same side more than 40 years ago that the use of such institutions constituted a violation of individual rights.

These thoughts, if carefully included in the analysis and political and public debate, will expand the conversation into areas that also need to be addressed if we are really going to change the direction of this country.

Joel Cote

Aiken, S.C.

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southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/21/11 - 07:56 am
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You had me up to relating
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You had me up to relating this incident to the Obama Administration's treatment of the Arizona "guvmint" regarding it's illegal immigration enforcement, Joel. I almost never agree with Obama, but I do applaud his telling others to stop with the blame game. I'm sure that thoroughly irritated the left, which was already trying to tie this in with "right wing extremism."

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Chillen 01/21/11 - 10:03 am
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"President obama's

"President obama's admonishment of the "blame game"...was the very strong and proper first step in the process."

Yes, that needed to be done but I don't think for one second that he believed it. That statement was written by a crafty speech writer and he delivered it with eloquence from the teleprompter. I'm absolutely positive that deep down inside he was silently "cheering" what the media & liberal politicians were doing.

This man is a marxist, an extreme left wing liberal, a socialist. We have 2 years of hard core proof. Leopards don't change their spots - they just conceal them to get re-elected. That is exactly what the community organizer is doing. Don't fall for it in 2012.

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chascush 01/21/11 - 10:14 am
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‘President Obama's

‘President Obama's admonishment of the "blame game" that began almost immediately after the shooting was the very strong and proper first step in the process.’
The only problem was he turned a memorial into a pep rally for himself.

CabisKhan
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CabisKhan 01/21/11 - 11:17 am
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The MSM "news" media is

The MSM "news" media is mostly comprised of opinion entertainment programs, both left and right.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 12:29 pm
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It's chic and stylish to be
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It's chic and stylish to be one of the wandafull people. We, the peasants, are shameless heathens and especially those of us, who may have a conservative bent, are vile despicable snots. nadal hasan, the psycho (I meant psychiatrist) is being deemed mistreated, misunderstood by us commoners. The piece of crap is a by-product of the left's never ending political correctness and exalted minority status. He's never going to see real justice. If it was thought he was a member in good standing with the kkk, he'd be dead.

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Dorion 01/21/11 - 12:34 pm
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Chillen...how exactly did you

Chillen...how exactly did you obtain your Superpowers. Not only do you have an amazing insight to his true intentions, but your ability to read his mind is truly incredible. You should use you powers to get Palin elected.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/21/11 - 01:37 pm
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Did you hear? 26 states have
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Did you hear? 26 states have filed arguments against Obamacare, claiming that it is unconstitutional. Obama is happy. He says that's still less than half of the 57 states. Sorry, I just couldn't resist that.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/21/11 - 02:33 pm
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dorion. The community

dorion. The community organizer is easy to read even for a regular person like me. Judge someone by their ACTIONS and you know their THOUGHTS. So simple even a 3rd grader could figure it out. Glad to clue you in.

Dorion
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Dorion 01/21/11 - 02:34 pm
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Thanks for the clue superman.

Thanks for the clue superman.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/21/11 - 02:39 pm
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Any Time. I'm always here to

Any Time. I'm always here to help educate liberals.

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mable8 01/21/11 - 03:26 pm
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You do have some valid

You do have some valid questions, Joel, but the truth is the mainstream media are not true journalist; they are unethical yellow journalists who are too cowardly to report the truth in order to support their hidden agendas (and in this case, socialism). It is their yellow journalistic tactics that have lent credence to such groups as ACLU, particularly in getting our mental health system dismantled that resulted in dumping thousands of people onto the streets who needed in-hospital care. Now, the mental health services are being provided by law enforcement because APA is too lazy to stand up to ACLU, at the very least, or because APA supports socialism. I think it is a matter of both, but that is my opinion. Law enforcement is not geared for psychiatric care--AMA and APA should be lobbying to reopen our mental hospitals and clinics. Political correctness is simply a fancy way of lying--politically correct statements are falsehoods/exaggerations with lace attached to the tales. It merely dresses up the lies so that gullible people will understand it as truth. Far as I am concerned, political correctness is dead; if you haven't buried it already, then plan the funeral. As for the big O's statements in the aftermath of the AZ tragedy, he should have spoken up the moment he heard the unseemly statements coming from his supporters--his actions came too late and did not go far enough based on the pundits' statements from the Left over the past couple of days. Civility is not dead; it is simply a matter of individuals choosing to be uncivil towards those they disagree with. Uncivil loons have forgotten the art of debate as well as conversation--and take themselves too seriously.

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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 05:49 pm
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Liberals get their
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Liberals get their "education" from liberal college teachers. I'm one of the fortunate men. My wife has her Phd. in Education and is well grounded. She can see the left for what it is or isn't. Take heart, Tea party members, there are more of us than most people know and we're getting bigger and stronger.

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rmwhitley 01/21/11 - 08:30 pm
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The left's fear of Mrs. Palin
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The left's fear of Mrs. Palin is well founded. They better be afraid, very very afraid. We Conservatives are going to take back America.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/21/11 - 09:28 pm
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"President Obama's

"President Obama's admonishment of the "blame game" that began almost immediately after the shooting was the very strong and proper first step in the process."

Well, I'll give you that, considering 4 days after the fact is lightning speed for the Federal Government.

Dorion, " Not only do you have an amazing insight to his true intentions, but your ability to read his mind is truly incredible."

If you haven't got a handle on this guy after a 2 yr campaign and 2 year reign, you're not on board.

Did you think he writes his own speechs? Haven't been around to hear about his teleprompter reliance?

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usapatriot 01/21/11 - 09:32 pm
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Let me sum this up so no one

Let me sum this up so no one will be surprised again by liberals response to anything from health care to shootings.

Liberals and their media lackeys will always use emotions. Witness the sob stories about deprivation of (a) _____, (b)______, or (c)_____.

Conservatives counter with facts.

Never bring emotions to a fact fight.

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charliemanson 01/22/11 - 05:14 am
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USAPatriot states, "Did you

USAPatriot states, "Did you think he [OBama] writes his own speechs?"
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Since you states conservatives deal in facts, so name the last U.S. president who didn't use a speechwriter?

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turncoat 01/22/11 - 07:24 am
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You are asking for proof of a

You are asking for proof of a negative. How can anyone really know if a president contributed 10% or 90% of a speech, and how would you classify it if a president only uses a writer to proofread or to help with particular phrasing?

I agree that conservatives deal in facts and liberals deal in emotions.
Not only that, but conservatives support policies that can apply to anyone and every one, while liberals support to policies that only apply to special interest groups.

I would be pleased to hear about any FACTS to the contrary.

turncoat
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turncoat 01/22/11 - 07:30 am
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ANyone who gives Barack Obama

ANyone who gives Barack Obama ONE kudo for pleading for "everyone " to down down the rhetoric is easily manipulated and shallow of understanding. Asking everyone to done it down, while ignoring the fact that only one side is actually toning it up coupled with the fact that rhetoric had nothing to do with Tuscon only shows that he is trying to placate the independents without infuriating the liberals.

If he deserves praise for making the staement of conciliation, then he should be blame for the fact that nobody n his own party is paying any attention to his plea.

I am not one of those malleable enough to fall for this cumbaya crap.

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bushwhacker 01/22/11 - 10:52 am
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we can all be at peace

we can all be at peace knowing they have the republican in custody.

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Riverman1 01/22/11 - 11:06 am
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Keith Olberman linked him to

Keith Olberman linked him to the Republicans, too. Keith was fired yesterday. Thank goodness Comcast is taking over NBC.

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