WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022
Our rhetoric post-Uvalde: This morning, as we watched Morning Joe, we were treated to examples of our blue tribe's current rhetoric.
The angry host engaged in his various trademark rants. As he did, he excoriated the "barbarians," "liars" and "freaks" who oppose him and his point of view.
(Other names were called during these rants. We're just citing three.)
We aren't sure that rhetoric of that type is likely to be helpful. Of course, we thought our journalistic systems had pretty much come undone as long as several decades ago. That's pretty much the reason why we started this site.
On this post-Uvalde morning, we do compliment the Washington Post for this early bit of reporting:
Gunman was bullied as a child, grew increasingly violent, friends say
Why would someone who's 18 years old end his own life—along with the lives of so many others—in this crazy, violent way?
Post reporters have already spoken to an array of former neighbors and friends. They had described a disastrous home life, mixed with years of ridicule at school.
(We would assume that a psychological / medical / psychiatric component is part of this puzzle too.)
Buffalo had a racial component; a little more than one week later, Uvalde doesn't. That said, each incident involved an 18-year-old man / boy / teen behaving in a deeply destructive and self-destructive way.
Why would these young people behave in this way? We'd still like to hear from (carefully selected) medical and psychological specialists regarding that question.
Regarding the rhetoric our own blue tribe brings to these discussions / debates, we still want to review the rhetoric which emerged in the first few days after Buffalo.
We'll return to that rhetoric tomorrow. In our view, that rhetoric was almost surely well-intentioned, but it was also profoundly unhelpful—uninsightful, unintelligent, unwise.
In the next two days, we'll take a quick look at that rhetoric. We'll ask you what it says about our own blue tribe if this is still the best we can do after all these long, fruitless years.
Next week, we expect to return to a major question. We plan to return to that major question as our nation's attempt at a "diverse democracy" continues to die on the vine:
It involves the way we think about "race." It involves our very belief in the concept.
We'll be starting with Professor Gates—with "the greatest question ever asked." We praised his question not long ago:
"What difference does it make?" Professor Gates wisely asked.
Tomorrow: Blue tribe rhetoric on The 11th Hour