“All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”
Following Saturday’s tragic events in Tucson, Arizona, I posted the following comment on three separate blogs as my contribution to the ensuing debate:
“The US Constitution is designed to guarantee the rights of individual US citizens. As history has shown us repeatedly, the real threat to our freedom arises when individual citizens abdicate their responsibility to take action to check the unacceptable behavior of their family, friends, and neighbors – choosing instead to leave it in the hands of a government that has no where near the sensitivity to the local situation to properly deal with the problems.
Every time some nutjob commits an atrocity, the aftermath always includes the same three things: The yelling and screaming that “somebody ought to DO SOMETHING!” The reports of all the missed opportunities the people around said nutjob had to check the fool before he got out of hand. And the pushing forward of new laws that erode our rights even more – including our right to check the unacceptable behavior of our family, friends, and neighbors!
I know that these words have been misused so many times in the past, but in the end it really does come down to individual responsibility.”
Being a child of the 60s, I couldn’t help but get that “here we go again” feeling (again!) when I first heard the news. And I wanted so much to expand upon my thoughts and feelings here today. But my depression has reared it ugly head, leaving me with no hope that my words would make any difference whatsoever. So I’ll simply post the song that was playing in my head when I wrote my comments. It’s only by sheer luck that I found a video with imagery as dark as my mood:
I want ice water.