Back in a February 2012 edition of the Weekender, we covered the fascinating story of the Russian drill team that was drilling into Lake Vostok to look for life that had been trapped under the antarctic ice sheet for millions of years. This is what they found (so far)
When news broke of the Sandy Hook tragedy, it felt like a punch to my ribs. As a parent, events like these mean more than they used to. The thought of a gunman terrorizing school children was enough to make me break down in emotion while listening to the reports on the radio. It left me numb, it left me angry, and it left me feeling powerless.
After Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tuscon, and Aurora…we were told that now is not the time to discuss guns. We were told that out of respect for the victims, we should not politicize the tragedy. The hypocrisy of that viewpoint is that in saying that we should not have a discussion about guns is a political statement itself. Politics are defined not simply as what we discuss, but more often than not, politics are what we choose to ignore. Our acceptance of the status quo is as political as a statement can be. Whether the issue is drone strikes, the Patriot Act, GMO’s, guns or Social Security, silencing those that want to have a meaningful discussion about a policy is at it’s very core a political statement.
Some elections are close. This one wasn’t. Even as Karl Rove tried to deny reality and other conservatives attempted to digest the ill news, it became apparent that this was hardly even a contest. Ceding only North Carolina and Indiana back to Republicans from his initial election, it was obvious pretty early on in election night that it was going to be Obama’s night.
What was remarkable was how most Republicans had no idea that such a victory for the Democrats was coming. It wasn’t simply a psychological ploy that Romney had no concession speech prepared on election night…he truly believed he was going to win, and the Fox News spin machine (Looking at you Dick Morris) played right into that. Most Fox pundits, and even Romney’s own advisors, were predicting landslide victories for the Republican nominee.