As former Governor Tim Pawlenty said multiple times on his New York media circuit yesterday for his upcoming book, Saturday's events should not suppress our passion for our ideological beliefs - we're supposed to be passionate about these sorts of things. Ultimately, I'm grateful to be part of a nation that allows me to be as involved or distanced from politics as I choose.
Whether I like it or not, I have engaged in debates over the politicization of the Giffords' shootings multiple times over the past few days, and while I can defend the unjustifiable measures that the Left-wing media has taken to find some connection to Rush, Fox News, Palin, etc., I keep running into one central stumper: "Well, wouldn't the Right react in some political way if the roles were reversed?"
My belief system, and emotional connection, would hope not, but I would appreciate any insight and even proof as to why we believe the Right would behave differently in these types of crises. I don't just seek this information as material for the next debate, but for my own comfort as a young conservative.