While this would not be a topic that would generally get touched here, I don’t think it can be ignored. I am not getting into specifics, I’m not going to relay news and I’m not going to espouse an agenda here. I also want to say, that this is not tragedy specific. I’ve noticed this occurrence in the aftermath of any tragedy that makes national headlines anymore.
I noticed that it didn’t take long, (I think one of the first I saw was a little less than an hour) after news broke of the tragedy in Connecticut, before people started posting their memes with slogans for their political beliefs. I admit I was in a state of shock over what happened, I was even angry the more I heard. But, seeing vitriolic arguments using a tragedy like this to support an agenda, I got pissed off.
Here we all were following a news story such as that and rather than being united in support of the victims, some were setting up battle lines for the agendas that were going to be played up in the aftermath.
I understand the need and the desire to prevent something like this happening again. I understand the need and desire to understand why it occurred. But can we wait a couple of days before we start with the rhetoric? Can we actually wait to find out what did happen, so we can make decisions in a fully informed way? I just find it sad and also very non-persuasive to see an agenda posted before even knowing for certain the tragic moment is even over.
In this age of social media and always being plugged into it, where one can post to the world one’s instant opinions, beliefs and feelings, we may slowly be losing our sense of decorum. It seems to be a race to get an opinion up before your friends to show you knew something before they did. It may be time to finally just slow down and let things play out before starting down the road of agendas and politics.
To put it simply, I know I wouldn’t appreciate a tragic loss being immediately turned into political ramblings or being used to (especially within minutes of occurrence) support whichever side of whichever argument that is being presented. Would you?
So, until next time….
Originally published December 18, 2012