Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Our Hearts Are Broken"

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It seems that Jared Lounghner is neither on the "left" or the "right".

After the media has exhausted itself blaming, or at least implicating; Sarah Palin, Rush, Glenn Beck, FOX News and a list of others who disagree with their political positions for the shooting in Tucson, friend of Lounghner, Zach Osler, sets the record straight.

Zach says his friend Jared wasn't even shooting at people, "He was shooting at the world."

And about his friend being driven or influenced by conservatives on radio or television, Zach says, no, Jared didn't even watch the news. He didn't like it. He said, "He wasn't on the left. He wasn't on the right."

So now what? Who can be blamed? Will they find something on Zach in order to diminish his words?

Osler referenced an online documentary series called, "Zeitgeist," as the most likely influence on his friend Jared.

This, of course, put the press on high alert. Could this be something that is politically on the right?

I don't know a lot about it except that it seems to rail on the concept of currency-based economics.

I also know that Joey Toribo, who created the docu-drama series and claims to be the founder of the Zeitgeist movement, says the fact that the media is now associating the tragedy with his work is "disingenuous".

He said, "Frankly, I find the isolating, growing association tremendously irresponsible on the part of ABC, NBC and their affiliates---further reflecting the disingenuous nature of the American Media Establishment today."

So as the elite heads of the media gather in Tucson to broadcast live, who can they blame?

Will they report that Rep. Giffords was apparently a
subscriber to Lounghner's website and what that could possibly mean? If anything?

ABC is still
going with Palin. Yesterday they were reporting that Palin has "once again become part of the story."

NBC says Palin is "ignorant" in her response to the media.

CBS says Sarah is playing the "victim card " in her response.

Good grief. What did she say in response?

Here's the part they dislike most:
"If you don't like a person's vision for the country, you're free to debate that vision. If you don't like their ideas, you're free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible." Sarah Palin.

The term "Blood Libel" is their problem.

The term is one used against the ancient Jews who were said to have murdered their children in order to use their blood for religious rituals and holidays.

Where now can the press turn? The boy's father who has been said to have been angry the day of the shooting? The loss of a job? The rejection of a woman? All have been mentioned as possibilities.

Most likely it will be the gun shop. You will see news stories or segments originating at the gun shop. Or maybe they will go for the bigger prize---the Constitutional right of Americans to own guns. If only, they will say, we had stricter gun laws, these things would never happen.

The Speaker of the House gave a moving and
appropriate speech from the floor of the House yesterday, saying among other things, "Our hearts are broken, but our spirit is not."

The Speaker asked that God would bless America.

I would humbly add a prayer that America would bless God, as well--- by acknowledging Him, and by publicly invoking His eternal principles and values back into our culture and our collective experience, as our Founders wisely did.

May God help us in this, our time of need. And while our hearts are broken, may our spirit be strong.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. "Good grief. What did she say in response?"

    Other than nothing that related to the actual issues? Engaging in over the top hysteria?

    Look at the facts - the shooting happens and her site IMMEDIATELY removes the map with the gunsights. She knew it was in bad taste, people agreeing that it was or even more was totally within the realm.

    People very quickly moved from wonder if it was an actual motivation to the tangential discussion about the effect such violence-oriented rhetoric might be influencing our culture in general. Considering how Gary seems to view everything that happens in the world through his own very narrow lenses, there can really be no complaint about that can there?

    Sarah has spoken, she thinks its legitimate discussion to talk about political opponents in gun and violence metaphors, but that leading to some people thinking she is being mean, petty, and 'part of the problem' is totally legitimate too.

  2. Gary, very well said. Thank you. I admire your steadfastness in Christian values and principles.

  3. Bravo! and Amen! and thank you for the closer to your commentary about our founding fathers and their level of commitment to the principles of righteousness. Thank you for standing.


  4. I am constantly amazed that the 'party of Christ' is the party of war, torture, violent rhetoric, no guaranteed health care, etc, etc. It seems that almost every position they take is the opposite of what I believe Christ would advocate.

    Let the republicans have organized religion, but it's time for liberals to reclaim Jesus Christ. I think he'd prefer it.

  5. Liberals to reclaim Christ? hahahahaha! When did you claim Him to begin with? Was it when you made God's Word subjective, rather than objective? Was it is when you advocated for the genocide of the unborn? Was it when you said morals are relative, whatever feels right, do it? Was it when you added to God's Word eastern mysticism, Tree worshippers and any other pagan religion?

    You can't claim Christ because you won't accept that His Word is authoritative and complete. " I am the way, the life and the truth, no one comes before the Father except by me".

    Christ said "you will know the truth and it will make you free"

    Craig in Lacey

  6. Somehow, I just can't seem him packing a legal assault rifle while water boarding a suspect after he killed 100,000 civilians by invading the wrong country. Oh, and my favorite quote from Jesus isn't "Health care for everyone? No way, dude, you're on your own". Jesus supporting republicans, that's the joke.


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