To add to what’s already been said, what happened in Libya was a tragedy, which Wiesman covered with truly heartfelt eloquence. On the heels of this tragedy, I heard an interesting discussion on NPR as I was driving in to work this morning and thought it was worth mentioning here (especially since I’ve been missing the mark on making topical posts, apologies all around).
The question raised by the tragedy in Libya and the reaction from the Romney camp (that the White House was sending “mixed signals”) was whether partisan politics should draw the line when it comes to international incidents.
Let’s be fair, there’s been a lot of mud slinging this year on both sides (though IMHO the GOP has been taking it to a whole new level, freaking slut shamers) but as Wiesman expressed, this is too much.
Which returns to the question, how far is too far? I firmly believe that in the wake of a national tragedy, we need to stand together as Americans. Freedom of expression, freedom of opinion–these are all sacred rights but as one NPR guest mentioned, perhaps partisan politics should end at the water’s edge.
But I think it’s important to continue to ask these questions. Yes, I think Romney is a sleaze for commandeering this tragedy for his own political gain, but is it necessarily wrong for political parties to be critical of the president’s stance in a time like this? How critical should political parties be of the seated president in times of distress?
Anyways, not sure what the answer is, but good stuff to keep thinking about…