Thursday, April 19, 2007

Why [Tragic Event] Demonstrates Why You Should Support [Political View]

I have nothing to say about the shootings at Virginia Tech, nor do I have anything to say regarding the manner in which the media, new and old, and the pundits, recognized and amateur, are conducting themselves.

However, this passed through my RSS feed this morning and I feel it's quite relevant. Rather than offer commentary, I merely offer sources and the entire text, quoted below. I got it from Boing Boing, and it was originally penned following the 9/11 attacks.

Many people will use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to put through a political agenda other than my own. This tawdry abuse of human suffering for political gain sickens me to the core of my being. Those people who have different political views from me ought to be ashamed of themselves for thinking of cheap partisan point-scoring at a time like this. In any case, what this tragedy really shows us is that, so far from putting into practice political views other than my own, it is precisely my political agenda which ought to be advanced.

Not only are my political views vindicated by this terrible tragedy, but also the status of my profession. Furthermore, it is only in the context of a national and international tragedy like this that we are reminded of the very special status of my hobby, and its particular claim to legislative protection. My religious and spiritual views also have much to teach us about the appropriate reaction to these truly terrible events.

Countries which I like seem to never suffer such tragedies, while countries which, for one reason or another, I dislike, suffer them all the time. The one common factor which seems to explain this has to do with my political views, and it suggests that my political views should be implemented as a matter of urgency, even though they are, as a matter of fact, not implemented in the countries which I like.

Of course the World Trade Center attacks are a uniquely tragic event, and it is vital that we never lose sight of the human tragedy involved. But we must also not lose sight of the fact that I am right on every significant moral and political issue, and everybody ought to agree with me. Please, I ask you as fellow human beings, vote for the political party which I support, and ask your legislators to support policies endorsed by me, as a matter of urgency.

It would be a fitting memorial.

1 comment:

Roger said...

yeah, leeann is mostly angry at our country, as I am. I'm thinking that things like this are going to become more and more frequent--especially as we decend into being a culture of fear.