A father spoke in Tucson

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  1. Thank you for this post Pied, it helps. The ‘highlights’ of the service were all I could stand to watch. I lost a 9 year old child in 1993, but not to a lunatic’s bullet. I understand the impact of sudden death. But it’s hard for me to watch memorial services, especially with applause. I hope the president’s wish on Christina’s behalf prevails in the weeks and months ahead, and that some diminishing of the vitriol and cynicism occurs. This partisan polarity is literally killing us.

      1. To quote a fine Republican president (Lincoln, the closing lines of his inaugural address):

        In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect, and defend it.”
        I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

... and that's my two cents