Apr 19 2009
One reason I became permanently fed up with the conservative remnants Â of the movement started by Reagan is the fact that they have totally lost the context of the hurt spreading across this country. It was not simply the fact that the right wentÂ berserkÂ on DHS in the exact same way the left went berserk on NSA – claims of victimhood and slander against those defending this nation.
What also was seeping into my psyche was how the drama queen shows were a selfish distraction from the all true real carnage piling up in the country. When you compare the self-centered Â paranoia of the conservative personalities with the human tragedies playing out on Main Street, the disgust level quickly reaches the breaking point.
In our community we had a horrific reminder of the human toll this economic mess is taking on this nation. It was a murder-suicide (wife murdered), which many think was caused by financial stress on the family. The incident left behind two adult children, now haunted by the deaths of their parents. It was a stark reminder of the stakes at play.
It was a jolting reminder of why those of us thankfully outside the grip of the economic crash, who prattle on about economic theory and the never ending partisan sniping, are missing the most important aspects of this rolling disaster. The DHS drama queen show pails painfully in comparison.
I was extremely saddened to see this recent comment from one of best known and valued readers, Crosspatch:
One family friend is laid off. Their house is paid for but they still have taxes and utilities. Another acquaintance of mine shot himself yesterday. Things arenâ€™t good out here these days.
If one wakes up and looks around, it is becoming apparent America is hurting badly. This story comes from our neighbors across the Potomac River in Maryland:
A Maryland mother and her three children stabbed and shot in their own home. All dead. The Frederick County Sheriff says the killer is the husband and father who then took his own life. Christopher Wood left five suicide notes around the house, describing what the Sheriff called his final thoughts before killing his wife, three children and then himself. In one of the notes the Sheriff says he apologized. “It’s the worst most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.
Detectives say the family had some financial problems but what role it played is still under investigation.
These stories are likely cases of financial stress gone wrong, but how many other stories also are? Was this murder-suicide inÂ WichitaÂ Falls due to financial stress? Was this one in San Francisco? Â This incident in LA has a strong hint of being due to economic stress. Â What about this incident? These are all murder-suicide incidents, and when one googles ‘murder, suicide’ the number of incidents is chilling. Nothing clear on just plain suicides.
The only reporting on this sad trend I saw was in TheÂ Examiner, and it was focused on dealing with stress, not fixing the source of our national stress:
The media in recent months has featured horrifying stories of not only increased suicide cases but entire family murder/suicide. It all comes down to being unable to cope, exhausting all resources and feeling like thereâ€™s no other way out. Where did all of our support go? Communities used to be much closer knit and if someone fell on hard times everyone pitched in to help.
When we debate issues we need to always remember the human toll can be very high. Sometimes we debate so objectively we focus more on winning the politics than doing something about the building tragedy. It is not important which side gets more credit for fixing the problem, because that path leads to rationalizing paralysis as a way to stop political success for the opposition. When faced with these kinds of human tragedies it is time to accept ‘compromise’ as a way to help others in dire need. It is time to get over purist ideology, role up the sleeves and start making progress. It is time to stop being stubborn partisan and become the essence of the Great American.
As I have noted time and time again, the economic stress is going to keep building for months to come. The human carnage will be building all this time. The left will have to admit its rampant spending has failed miserably, and the right will have to admit it has been too obsessed with conspiracy theories with Obama and the Democrats. Both partisan groups are more concerned with attacking the opposition and denying their mistakes than in fixing the problem. There not only will be a pox upon both their houses, the pox is already eating away at them.