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On Newtown, Mourn First, Then Act

ericynot Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 1:12 PM
feet, My comment had nothing to do with what is or is not a life. It was pointing out that words matter, so if you're going to use them, use them correctly.

On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. ... And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

There's just one problem: In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy." It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements. When politicians say they want to do something regardless of the politics, or that they want...