Just last Saturday, I moved from electronic device to electronic device keeping myself abreast of the situation in Arizona. I was horrified, along with the rest of the nation and the world, to learn that one of our elected officials had been shot while serving her constituents. As well as the other 6 people who were killed and the 13 who were wounded attending the meeting.
So today I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the six murdered victims:
Christina Taylor Green
Judge John Roll
I am grateful for the progress that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is making and thankful that the assassin is behind bars. I'm also grateful that our President spoke to the heart of our nation, soothing our wounds with these words:
"At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -- at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do -- it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds," Obama said.
"Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding," he said. " ... Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath."
"What we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another," he said later.
Today during the celebration of the man who encouraged non-violent protest for change, I add my voice to the voices that say discourse is fine but can we please be civil with one other? Can we agree to disagree? Can we understand that we all want a better America? And finally, can we continue to honor the tenants this great man stood for?
I would like to end with a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."
We should all strive for peace...