The title is a quote from the article, in the author’s own words. It is not meant in disparagement, not at all.
I think it is great that Bob Cesca of the Huffingtom Post wrote the article. I am just surprised that the article makes a point worth making, at least at this stage of history. The statement it makes has been obvious for many months now–since the Tea Party movement’s inception, actually. As evidence, all anyone needs to do is look–vainly–for black faces in the audience for Sarah Palin’s address.
And here we are, trying to get all these cats herded toward something like universal health care. These are people who believe, literally, in the account of creation in Genesis, who believe a failure to believe in that account is a serious moral flaw. Thus, everyone they know well believes just as they do. Read more…
This was a Christmas headline nobody wanted to read. The news story unfolded all too predictably, but despite that predictability–maybe because of it–the story caused a strong reaction in anyone who read it.
Except me. I was characteristically unmoved, able to maintain my objectivity and intellectual distance; that is, until the news story revealed a single salient detail. The girl’s toothbrush was found in the suspect’s car.
Of course, this fact probably was included as damning circumstantial evidence against the accused, but for me, this mundane detail somehow broke through my customary emotional distance. It brought me into that house on that night. It increased the immediacy of the victimization involved in the crime, the level of violence of the young girl’s abduction and murder.
If she had simply been overpowered and dragged from her bedroom, as I initially had believed, it would have been bad enough. The detail of the toothbrush, however, leads to a different vision of the crime. Rather than an act of savage, unreasoning violence, the kidnapping obviously unfolded at leisure, with ample forethought and scheming. As part of this pattern, the perpetrator created the illusion of concern for the girl’s welfare. He allowed her to retrieve her toothbrush. Read more…