At a time when grace is needed by our country's leaders, at a time when we are still reeling from the unbelievable horror that happened in Tucson, Sarah Palin, as if on cue, trots out her persecution complex and actually ignores the unfortunate coincidence of her target map and the shooting of Gabby Giffords. In her feeble mind, there is absolutely no connection whatsoever between the two. In fact, she actually thinks that the connection has been "manufactured" by the media.
I will partially concede the point she reiterates that was made by Ronald Reagan years ago, that criminal acts "begin and end with the criminals who commit them." I say "partially," because I believe that a larger context always exists. I believe that Jeffrey Dahmer was a product of his society and his culture, but that responsibility for his unfathomably evil crimes rests with him. Same with Jared Loughner. His parents are flummoxed as to how this all happened, but in reality they failed to do enough to keep him from becoming a danger to others by ignoring him enough.
Palin had the chance to appear presidential, to transcend the awfulness of the situation and find some deeper meaning. Instead, she was as small-minded as we all know her to be. I invite my readers who are no fans of Barack Obama to watch Palin's speech, then his speech tonight about this tragedy. You will see the difference between a real American, and a pseudo-Patriot whose entire life strategy is based on a sense of entitlement.