The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut left twenty children, six adults, and the shooter himself dead. Adam Lanza, the young shooter, left a grieving nation, a shattered town, and a weeping President in his wake.
I figure I’d throw my hat into the Tucson attack discussion ring while the conversation is fresh.
Predictably, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, truthers and non-truthers, and all other political enemies are pointing fingers at one another, attempting to assign blame for the six dead people and the many injured (including Congresswoman Giffords) to entire political parties and movements. While no one should be surprised at this, I still find myself woefully amused by America’s response to the tragedy in Arizona.
The above video is intended to be comical, of course, but I’m sure it’s not too far away from reality.
The incompetent Underwear Bomber of Christmas 2009 prompted the Transportation Security Administration to upgrade its security measures at airports. We now have two new hurdles to jump over when trying to travel by airplane: the full body X-ray scan, and the “enhanced pat-down”.
After months of wrangling over health care, immigration is back in the political spotlight. It was only a matter of time, and both Republicans and Democrats quiver before the notion of addressing the issue. Both parties have something to lose in the immigration debate. Republicans who support amnesty and Democrats who do not will both lose votes. Both parties claim to support tougher border enforcement, but they've been pitching that line for decades now.