I was mildly heartened to find someone else objecting to the "these children are our children" line so frequently trotted out since the Newtown mass child-killings. From Jonah Goldberg's The Rush to Impose Reason on Horror:
Contrary to a lot of sloppy prepackaged rhetoric, these weren’t “our” children. They were their parents’ children. To claim otherwise is to try to purchase the sympathy rightly reserved for the grieving on the cheap.Right. Read the rest.
Then read Mark Steyn's eloquent The Massacre of the Innocents. A bit:
For those untouched by death this Christmas, someone else’s bewildering, shattering turn of fate ought to occasion a little modesty and circumspection. Instead, even by its usual execrable standards, the public discourse post-Newtown has been stupid and contemptible.President Obama is among those who have tried to tie the slaughter to a political agenda:
“Goodness,” Obama said. “If there’s one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what’s important.”It was a clumsy attempt, but it's the thought that counts, and his thought was "Never let a crisis go to waste." Stupid and contemptible, exactly.
“Right now what the country needs is for us to compromise, get a deficit-reduction deal in place, make sure middle-class taxes don’t go up,” . . . “Focus on issues like energy, and immigration reform and all the things that will really make a determination as to whether our country grows.”
The need to compromise on the fiscal cliff “has not yet taken up on Capitol Hill,” he said. “And when you think about what we’ve gone through over the last couple of months — a devastating hurricane, and now one of the worst tragedies in our memory — the country deserves folks to be willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good and not tangle themselves up in a whole bunch of ideological positions that don’t make much sense.”
More from Steyn:
It would not be imprudent to expect that an ever broker America, with more divorce, fewer fathers, the abolition of almost all social restraints, and a revoltingly desensitized culture, will produce more young men who fall through the cracks. But, in the face of murder as extraordinarily wicked as that of Newtown, we should know enough to pause before reaching for our usual tired tropes. So I will save my own personal theories, no doubt as ignorant and irrelevant as everybody else’s, until after Christmas — except to note that the media’s stampede for meaning in massacre this last week overlooks the obvious: that the central meaning of these acts is that they are without meaning. Herod and the Pennsylvania Indians murdered children in pursuit of crude political goals; the infanticidal maniac of Sandy Hook was merely conscripting grade-school extras for a hollow act of public suicide.Go read the whole thing and pass it on.
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