Prior to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, politicians were really stepping up the harshness and partisianship of their messages. Some even blame the inciteful language of politicians for causing the Tucson shooter to do what he did. Ironically, Giffords herself called for a need to "tone our rhetoric and partisianship down" the day before she was shot. Sarah Palin posted an image of crosshairs over the congressional districts of 20 Democrats. The speech in and around Congress was becoming violent, hateful, and nasty. Sadly, it took a tragedy for politicans to come to their senses and realize the need to tone down their speech, but things should now lighten up somewhat nonetheless. American politics is known to be toxic and unforgiving, and I think sometimes we lose sight of what's really important in the midst of all the competition and partisianship: bettering America as a nation and helping out her citizens. It's time for all politicians to take a step back and realize that we're all in this together, and we all want to make this country a better place.
Weight of words in focus after Arizona shooting