I'd like to start this, by expressing my very sincere condolences to the friends and family of the slain. This was a terrible tragedy, no matter your politics or creed.
It should also never have happened.
As it says in this article, a Virginia man named
Albert Peterson -- a defense contractor with a history of mental
illness -- was so paranoid about the prospect of Barack Obama winning
the November election, that he not only killed himself, but his wife and
two sons. I'm prepared to be wrong about this, but I can't recall ever hearing about this happening before, at least in North America.
Clearly the man was already unstable, but I can't
help but wonder if his paranoia was fed to an extreme degree, by the
sort of insane rhetoric that we see from Fox News, right-wing talk
radio, and the Tea Party. On Blogspot ALONE there are bloggers who blather about Obama being a scary Muslim socialist, out to
kill grandma and retarded babies, who has already driven people to
suicide over the economy, and who will "rightly" be kicked out in the
election -- despite not a single one of those statements being true to
date (and HIGHLY unlikely to ever be true). It is also
why I find it galling, that Google has been slow to take down an
anti-Muslim hate film that played a direct part in a global crisis that
has killed 50 people to date, why it took the FBI several weeks to
arrest any of the people responsible, that various blog moderators
refuse to penalize users that post inflammatory material, and that the
Tea Party is almost never held accountable for its long history of
How many people have to die? When is enough, enough?
you're not a liberal, fine. If you would never vote Democrat, fine. But
remember, when someone says "I'd rather die, than see _____ in the Oval
Office!" it's not supposed to be taken literally. As much as I loathe
Mitt Romney, Stephen Harper, Tim Hudak, etc. it would take a lot more
than their usual antics, for me to consider killing myself over them.
I'd much rather try to vote them out.
And please, to anyone
reading this, who knows someone THIS upset over the election, GET THEM
TO A HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW. I don't care if they rave about "socialized
health care", or if you normally don't trust it yourself -- it's either
that, or more of THIS bullshit happens.
It's LONG past time,
America, for you to get your act together. Your people's lives are now
quite literally depending on it. Enough said.