Today Tribune columnist Leonard Pitts wrote an op-ed entitled “Republicans Dance Close to line on Planned Parenthood” and when I saw that title I almost skipped over as I assumed the usual drivel from his keyboard, but when I really did stop and read it, he actually wrote 2/3rds of a GREAT op-ed. I give you the first 2/3rd and then you can click on the link for the rest.
Our question of the day: Who — or what — should take the blame?
The reference is to last week’s act of domestic terrorism at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. Authorities say three people were killed and nine wounded by Robert Dear, an eccentric 57-year-old recluse.
After his arrest, he is reported to have muttered something about “No more baby parts,” an apparent reference to a controversial hidden-camera video purporting to prove Planned Parenthood harvests and sells the organs of aborted fetuses for a profit, a charge the organization has strenuously denied.
So who is responsible for this atrocity?
It’s a question asked with numbing frequency in a country where you can pretty much set your watch by the random shootings. Nor are answers ever in short supply. We frequently hear that someone’s rhetoric is at fault.
This happened four years ago when a mentally ill man killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson. Jane Fonda blamed Sarah Palin.
It happened last year, when a deranged man ambushed and executed two police officers in Brooklyn. Erick Erickson, a Fox “News” contributor, blamed President Obama.
So one is hardly surprised, in the wake of this latest shooting, that Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president, blamed the “toxic environment” created by Republican presidential candidates.
Truth is, if you want to blame someone for this shooting, start with the man who pulled the trigger. You might also investigate what roles were played by the mental health system and the legal system that allowed him access to a weapon
of mass destruction. (Italics and line are mine, it was a gun, not a “weapon of mass destruction” sheesh)
Point being, in the rush to draw the larger moral lesson, one should be wary of absolving the guilty of their crimes, even if only by inference.
Here’s the rest of the article: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/2015/12/02/republicans-dance-close-line-planned-parenthood/76635018/
Your thoughts? He make pretty good sense in that first part….after that, same ol’ same ol’.