United we Stand?

I am getting more and more concerned about our great nation, the United States of America.  The word united speaks for itself. The dictionary’s definition for unite: “to bring or come together for a common cause, action.”  It also defines it as “to join together so as to make as one.”

When a tragedy in our nation occurs, we need to unite and come together as we did so beautifully on September 11, 2001. It was such a wonderful site to see the Congress standing together on the steps of the Capital singing “God bless America.”   Unfortunately, that united spirit did not last too long, but it least it occurred for a brief shining moment.  However, nine years later, another tragedy as occurred in our nation that took place in one of our beloved states,  but this time there has not even been one moment of uniting.  Since, last Saturday when the horrible tragedy occurred where one of our members of Congress was shot and critically wounded and several others died including a precious nine year old little girl.  Apparently, the shooter had been against Congresswoman Giffords since 2007.  But the mainstream media would have you to believe that the blame should not go to the one who held and fired the shots but to various people who have spoken out about their views about this nation and the direction it is taking, including the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and like-minded people.

This is extremely disturbing to me, and it truly baffles me that this thought is being perpetuated from so-called journalists. It is simply ludicrous to put the blame on anyone other than the suspect who is obviously mentally deranged. Apparently, the young man was apolitical and did not watch tv or listen to talk radio. So how is it that any of these are to be at fault?   We need to hold accountable people for their own actions and not blame others who have differing political views than we do.  If we reach a point in this nation where we can not practice the First Amendment, which ironically Gabby Giffords had read a week before from the well of the floor of Congress, then we cease to truly be a democratic Republic.  I think some  want to silence these dissenting voices, so when something as tragic as this happens they turn it around and politicize it.

Instead of  pointing fingers and placing blame, we need to come together and pray for the victims and their families. We need to pray that Gabby fully recovers and is able to continue to serve her district, state and nation.  We do not need to pass more laws for gun control or limit free speech. We do not need to live in fear to serve in public office. We need to put aside political difference and focus on what we have in common as Americans who live in the freest and greatest nation in the world.  We need to know that “united we stand, and divided we fall.”  May God have mercy on our nation, and may this tragedy turn us back to Him.