Friday, July 20, 2012
A Bad American?
So, I'd planned to share a few anecdotes and photos regarding the Budget Summit which recently concluded at my workplace.
"Tom-foolery", my elders used to say.
Given this morning's tragedy in Colorado, however, PPD crime scene tape and chalk body outlines seem in poor taste.
Like you, I'm still in a bit of shock and crazy sadness watching events play out in Aurora.
The mind's jumping ... presupposing how the "alleged" (geeze!) gunman's life will surely be extended; his actions somehow excused by psychologists and sympathizers.
It's times like this I wonder: Am I a "bad American"?
"... with Liberty and Justice for all."
I've issues with that line. Much the same way my tongue occasionally struggles with, "...as we forgive those who trespass against us."
OK, full-disclosure. I've still a little bit of "guilty until proven innocent" going on upstairs. (That nugget shared a long time ago by a lady who happened to be married to the District Attorney in our little West Texas town.)
While my "grown-up" mind recognizes the sheer fallacy of that belief, it's obvious no-one in their right mind wants to see my face in their jury pool.
....Just ask my hubby!
Of late, we've become hooked on watching NBC's Saturday Night Mysteries. Knowing that a "spirited discussion" is likely, I suspect DH dreads each aftermath. Don't even get me started on our discussions regarding a couple sensational murder trials of the last decade. - lol.
I can't help myself. No doubt, any more than he can help being disgustingly Rational and prone to Facts. Just the facts. My arguments about "common sense" hold no weight ... and more than once I've gone to bed muttering, "I actually MARRIED this person?!?"
Thankfully, we hold no malice towards each another. And thankfully, calmer heads will prevail in Aurora.
There may be no answers and no swift conclusion. Instead, I'll do my best to put aside my anger and offer my prayers for the victims and their families.
And leave the rest to God.