Evil goes way back

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A nicer America is not part of history

By Harold Morgan

Lunatics will always be with us. Lunatics with guns will always be with us. So will evil.
My reaction to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (and 18 others) in Tucson Jan. 8 starts with lunatics.
I’m leaving aside the claims that Sarah Palin had something to do with creating the environment for the shooting. That’s idiotic. Also idiotic is the notion that we’ve somehow left a “nice America” that existed somewhere in the past.
Nice America? Let’s see … Joe McCarthy and Little Rock in the 1950s. My generation executed “the 60s,” sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and riots, even in Albuquerque.
And, of course, Oklahoma City.
While exercising a few days after the shootings, I watched the Chris Matthews Hardball show on MSNBC. The sound was off. The words trailed along the bottom of the screen. Matthews and guests obsessed on the “political” connections of the Giffords shooting. It was offensive.
Time’s Joe Klein called it “the absurd screech of the debate surrounding this terrible event.” Nice phrase, Joe. “Absurd screech.” The screech is the baseless insistence, starting just after the incident, that something “political” was the motivation.

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