Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seats, States And Smiles

Loughner, Amused in Court

When Jared Lee Loughner did his smile and giggle routine in that courtroom in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday...I immediately thought of how some of our elected officials have acted this week.

Loughner smiles a lot. He has every reason to. The man sits in a private cell wearing clean clothes and eating regular meals. He has the promise of media exposure and free legal representation.

He has it all. No wonder he's smiling.

Some of our elected officials, on the other hand, have been acting really cranky this past week. They have
been upset over the seating arrangement for President Obama’s "State of the Union" address.

While Jared Loughner has performed his best crazy act, the aforementioned officials have behaved like children.

“But…but…(in an eight-year-old whining voice)…I don’t WANNA sit with yoooo!”

“You can’t make me sit there…You’re not the boss of me!”

“Ew…I’m not sitting by him…he’s a Republican and he’s got CONSERVATIVE COOTIES!!”


Will They Really Play It This Way?

Meanwhile, Jared Lee Loughner is continuing to smile at everything.

The truth of the matter is, that every one of those elected officials will not be in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ situation tonight.

This photo was taken as Congresswoman Giffords was transported by plane from Tucson to Houston. Gabrielle Giffords' mother is in the middle of the photo, leaning over her.

I bet that Congresswoman Giffords would love to be safe, healthy and at that event. And she probably wouldn’t care WHAT SEAT she sat in!

As it is, the elected officials have designated an empty seat for her. It is the one respectable thing that they've all managed to agree on.

And THOSE officials represent my Country.

Jared Loughner doesn’t represent anyone but himself. He doesn’t have to be responsible, anymore. He’s got his seat and every time that he sits in it, he just grins like an idiot.

But Jared Loughner is crazy, right? Or at least that is the general consensus right now.

Loughner isn’t supposed to lead this Country. The elected officials are.

Jared Lee Loughner is out of his mind. But, so far, he hasn’t said one thing about what seat he sits in…anywhere or anytime. He just shuffles on in, takes a load off and smiles.

What does that say about the behavior of those elected officials?

They are supposed to be mature and lead by example.

Which means that tonight, they better walk in, sit down and pay attention to the President. Because every, single one of them has a job to do. And they better smile when they do it.

They owe that to Congresswoman Giffords, to the family of young Christina-Taylor Green (her parents will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union Address) to the Country and to me.

They better grin with all of their might. United. Until it hurts. And prove that they are far more capable of being decent human beings than Jared Lee Loughner will ever be...whether they're sitting down or standing on their own two feet.

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