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January 13, 2011

The Tucson…Memorial?

Filed under: General Annoyances,government,Politics,Security — alvb1227 @ 2:31 am
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So, I just sat through the “event” in Tucson. I am hesitant to call it a memorial because, well, it felt more like I was watching a college pep rally.

First of all, let’s start with that opening blessing. It should’ve just been a blessing, not a history of the individual’s family. Also, I thought it would make more sense to open with a blessing from a Rabbi, since the Congresswoman is Jewish.

We had our country’s Homeland Security Secretary start her remarks with what sounded like the start to a rock concert; “thank you Tucson.”

We had the student government president speak? Um, why? And while we are at it, why was Congresswoman Pelosi there? Oh, let’s also not forget the falling all over the President done by the college president.

Governor Jan Brewer, I felt, struck a better tone in her remarks. The President started to attempt to tone down the cheering a bit, but it quickly turned into what sounded like a stump speech to me. He then turned to the “tone of the discussion,” which I really thought he would stay away from tonight. This just wasn’t the place.

All the time I am watching this, I am thinking about those who were killed. The families of those left behind. The Congresswoman’s husband who probably had to be torn away from his wife’s side to attend this.

Call me old fashioned, but I really think a memorial should be a bit more subdued. I am thinking of the memorial service for those lost after the West Virginia mine disaster. That was a memorial that struck the right tone. This was along the lines of a political rally or college basketball game. A memorial is to remember those who have perished and to comfort their families. It is important to recognize those who were injured and recovering, as well as those who tried to help and the first responders that came to aid the injured and dying.

This whole evening was just wrong.

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1 Comment »

  1. Agreed. It was bizarre.

    Comment by Ben Hoffman — January 13, 2011 @ 2:38 am | Reply


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