Now, I am reluctant to sling mud at politicians, knowing that “there but for the grace of God go I” and knowing that it is impossible to completely understand the magnitude of suffering and difficulty experienced by any human being unless I can walk in their shoes, sharing in their unique experience of turmoil and pain. I know the stereotypes that most people have of politicians. I also understand, however, that these people have a very heavy burden of responsibility for the welfare and success of their constituents and the American people at large, regardless of whether they know and acknowledge this responsibility or whether they are on a self-aggrandizing power trip. So I am not hypercritical of all the things that politicians say because they are in the fishbowl where everything they say and do is seen and magnified. And knowing that we all have bad days, I’m quite sure that there are often times when these politicians say something and immediately wish they could take it back. We’ve all said stupid or inappropriate things, unless we happen to be paranoid legalists who do and say very little to others to avoid risk.
In any case, it is almost unavoidable that a politician will say something at some point that is not quite right. In this case, it was a politician who is actually a fairly decent fellow most of the time from what I’ve seen and read. But He sure didn’t get this interview right. The man of whom I speak is the Honorable, Representative Peter King (R-NY). He is a legislator from the lower house of our bicameral legislature, a group which I sometimes jokingly refer to as the “House of Reprehensibles.” The interview, of course, was focused on the Boston Marathon bombing. This interview is available at the link below if you care to see exactly what He said, but I have pulled out one quote that I found interesting.
The quote that caught my interest was his answer to how he thought we, as a country, should respond to this terrorist attack: “So I do think we need more cameras. We have to stay ahead of the terrorists and I do know in New York, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which is based on cameras, the outstanding work that results from that. So yes, I do favor more cameras. They're a great law enforcement method and device. And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us.” The reason I find this so surprising is that we, as Americans, have too often thumped our chests and declared proudly what we are going to do when some disaster strikes. The more disasters we see with greater frequency, the more I believe that prideful statements are the exact opposite of what we should be saying in these situations.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you will have a blessed day walking in fellowship with Our Loving God.