"I understand that some Republicans are trying to make something of this." said Jay Carney, on Tuesday, in response t CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta. "The President spoke about the Navy Yard at the very top of his briefing. He talked about the cowardly act that had taken place, the tragedy that was unfolding and the loss of life and he called for and demanded a seamless investigation with federal and local law enforcement officials...."
This baffles me a bit. What was Obama supposed to say? Some were critical of people saying wrong things on Benghazi, so do we want Obama to explain everything before he has the facts? If he had gone on an anti-terrorism rant that would have been dumb, because it ended up that the guy was simply mentally ill. True, he did not talk about it for an hour, he made brief comments then moved on to the challenges facing us in terms of the debt ceiling. But really, he can do something about the debt ceiling, but he can't do anything about gun control. Congress can, but Congress is not going to.
In the bigger picture, we are not going to have the luxury of lengthy reflection and soul searching after every one of these mass murders. There are simply way too many of them for that. This is the new normal, get used to it! They pay Obama to "lead" and they pay Congress to "write laws." But on the topic of crafting new gun laws after the Newtown massacre, Congress did not want to write laws where Obama tried to lead them. So we have another mentally ill guy shooting a bunch of people he did not know for reasons understood only by himself, assuming that he even understood it. Which is doubtful, since this shooter complained that there were bad people trying to keep him awake by shooting microwaves through his walls- right before he went across the river from Washington D.C. to buy the shotgun he used to kill his victims.
Actually, I would not argue that our President was pitch perfect on the Navy Yard shooter (Sorry if I am not willing to use the guy's name, it's just that I am starting to see these mentally ill mass murder guys as monotonously inter-changeable). He called the act "cowardly"- when I think the accurate word would be "irrational." If these guys have any grasp of reality at all, they know they are going to be shot to death- which means that they are not exactly cowardly, know what I mean? But these acts are deeply irrational, as they do not end up making anybody happy in any way, and most of the people involved end up dead or horribly scarred.
Okay, at the risk of outraging those who want me to pray for the departed and speak kindly and gently to the horrified relatives of the victims, I am bored. If that is in bad taste, well, bad taste it is. I feel sorry for the dead, but I can't bring them back, and I don't see enough Congressmen interested in preventing the next 10 to 30 deaths at the next mass murder, which should occur within three months according to my calculations. I am talking about what William Butler Yeats called "The folly of being comforted." I don't want to be comforted, I want this to stop. If you don't want it to stop, you are not comforting me.
It's now your turn to tell me how hateful and evil and cold blooded I am. Please proceed.