Blue Heron in flight

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Richard's post

This is an exert from an article published in the Huffington post today. I took exception to it and responded.
New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) suggested using torture on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in a tweet Friday night.
Tsarnaev was captured by authorities late Friday evening in Watertown, Mass., four days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities say the suspect and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle.
Ball isn't the first to send a questionable tweet regarding the events in Boston.
Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell (R) sent out an insensitive tweet Friday morning, asking "I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?" Bell later said he "regrets the timing" of the tweet.
"I really didn't think about it going to Boston and was generally expressing my personal view of how I would have felt in that situation myself," Bell said.
Robert, you will notice that he does not regret the comments he made. He merely regrets  the timing of those comments. Being the coward that he is, he misrepresents his true beliefs by saying that he was just stating what he would have done in that situation. A typical display of political and personal cowardice.
My response to Mr. Bell. I sent this to his Arkansas state government office email address: nate.bell@arkansashouse.org.
Mr. Bell,
       I grew up in Massachusetts and went to undergraduate school there. I live elsewhere in the country now but I am very proud of the place where I grew up. I have also spent a  great deal of my life in the south. My ancestry goes back to Jamestown South Carolina in the late 1600's. In my six decades on this planet I have gained perspective on who is tough and who whimpers. If you had the lack of intelligence to make this ignorant statement on your twitter account about Boston and New England in general then maybe you can take your brave person to Boston and tell that to their face. If you think you are so tough you will find out how much of a pathetic wimp you really are when you meet the toughest people in this country.
       You are an elected official in the state of Arkansas. You are supposed to be a responsible individual yet you laugh at the fact that terrorist have killed innocent people in Massachusetts. You are a pathetic excuse for a human being. Seek forgiveness in you Grace Bible. I bet you love Jesus. You remember him? You know, the guy who had the courage to say, "blessed are the peacemakers." Do you think he was a disgusting liberal wimp? Maybe you can find a passage in your 'Grace Bible' that exalts in the slaughter of peaceful yet courageous people. People who lay down their lives for this country everyday. People who are more patriotic than you can conceive of, despite your military service and you bail bond business. People who were celebrating Patriotism and heroic athleticism with their families on Patriot's day. A young 8 year old boy from Dorchester who loved sports and had the audacity to suggest that people no longer hurt other people. A young boy who asked for Peace. Does your church ask for peace? That young boy was murdered and you mock those people? Repeat your comments to the people of Dorchester and you will discover people who are not cowering under their beds. I try to defend the south as being a wonderful place that does not have a disproportionate percentage of hateful, racist, ignorant people. A place where my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins taught me to have respect for others by saying 'Yes Sir' and 'Yes Ma'am' and mean it. You just made my job more difficult.
You bring shame on yourself, your constituents and your faith.
Richard Carpenter, RN, DC


Sanoguy said...

Sen. Lindsay Graham said that the Boston bomb suspect should be tried as an enemy combatant. Apparently the good Senator, an attorney, does not understand that citizens have certain rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. I know that he is aware that we have a Bill of Rights because he has been pushing the 2nd amendment pretty hard in recent days. It appears, however that he may not understand that there are several other Rights at work here!

Anonymous said...

The parties involved in this have shown tremendous professionalism and dedication during the incident. Now, however, the clown show begins as politicians and other wing nuts try to steal the credit, to dream up the most exotic theory or devise the most infernal revenge. Best to turn the TV off, disconnect the internet and burn the newspaper.