Sometimes, I hear or read a story so disturbing that I am saddened to be connected to the human race. Of course, we all make mistakes. For some of us, bad decisions seem catastrophic from the inside looking out. But twice this week, I have stopped to wonder what the state of the world is coming to when we sit idly by to accept the actions of a remote group of people without an outpouring of anger.
I admit, when I heard that a McCain supporter had been viciously attacked (http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/24/mccain.sticker/index.html), I was blown away. I felt heartsick for her because of the ordeal of her experience and I could not imagine ANYONE taking a political stance that far. As the blogosphere and the news services echoed the Republican voice of outrage, I notice something quite strange in the pictures. The cuts in the young woman’s face were too straight (I would think in a struggle the cuts would be way more uneven) and the letter was backward as if it were done in the mirror.
To say that I felt guilty for even considering this young woman would lie about such a brutal attack understates the obvious. None the less, it nagged at the back of my mind. When I found out that she had lied about the attack, I was furious in a way that was worse that “a woman scorned.” Not just because of the incredible stupidity (sorry…you don’t get to play insane when you execute such a well designed crime) of this act for political motivations, but it smacked of those women who accuse a man of rape or molestation only later to admit they lied. It hurts the creditability of every woman that will ever need to tell the world that she was raped or molested.
Where are we in this country when we shake our head in dismissal of such a heinous accusation with the thought this young woman might be emotionally unbalanced? Ummm…yeah, so am I during hormonal PMS times! But, I don’t contemplate craving initials into my face or charging anyone else with a crime. Sorry…no accepting the emotional argument.
See….there was a second incident not too far away from my home (about two hours) in which a black bear cub was killed and dumped on a local college campus covered in Obama signs (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/20/murdered-bear-cub-dumped_n_136347.html). Through all of the shuffling discussion about the importance of abortion, I admit that I had major amounts of anger when McCain put air quotes around abortion for the sake of the “mother’s health.” How dare he be so damn arrogant? But, in this instance, one baby died this week due to the cruelty of human beings. I wondered how the anger would have mounted if that would have been small human baby wrapped a political sign.
Answer: This election would happen tomorrow and it would be over! You see…I think that it is time that this election comes to an end. This type of hatred is dividing our country and these are the things that cost Martin Luther Jr, John Kennedy, and Gandhi their lives. That hatred goes past the realization and rationality tying us to the greater good.
The symbolism of one baby is reflective, IMHO, of the need to bring this election to an end and start about the business of rebuilding our country. The hatefulness and anger does not only come from these candidates. No…that is only the image that shows us what we are willing to accept in our political leaders…in ourselves…around our families…in our communities.
For one moment, lets put political parties aside and consider what happens afterward if we do not eliminate this hatred now! My question remains…where is our righteous indignation? Where is our anger? Where is the accountability for these actions? Or…is it just one baby? ~~Dee