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01.13.2011 0

Let the political rhetoric stop

By Rebekah Rast –

Obama gave a speech last night of unity that inspired confidence in this nation.  Yes, the memorial service took a turn towards looking more like a pep rally, but I don’t think even Obama intended for that nor wanted that to happen.

A part of his speech that seemed to stand out for many was this, “We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another, that’s entirely up to us.”

I wish that we could see this tragedy for what it is.  A deranged murderer, for reasons unknown, took six innocent lives and injured many more.  This has nothing to do with politics; in fact it couldn’t be farther from it.

I truly hope Americans, especially those in the political realm, haven’t become numb to tragedy.  What happened on Saturday cannot be explained by pointing fingers or blaming the “other side.”

What was lost in translation during this whole tragedy was the hope.  Husbands threw their bodies over their wives to protect them.  Others comforted the injured until help arrived.  Families are telling the stories of their loved ones to the country and we have the opportunity to listen in and hear the good in the world for once—instances of heroism, tales of love and stories that inspire all of us.

It is time to focus on those who lost their lives, their families and the lives of those who were injured.  There was a strong sense of unity in front of that grocery store on Saturday.  That is what we should be focusing on.

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