I was going to play nice today in the aftermath of what happened at the Boston Marathon.
was going to write about the tragedy where three people died and some
hundred-plus others had their lives ripped apart. And all I was going to say
about it was that it was horrible and senseless and that my heart was breaking
for the families of those who were ruthlessly murdered.
was going to be polite and respectful and keep politics out of today’s post.
But then I started to think about it, and a single, simple, sad question came
to my mind.
the point of playing nice when this is all we get out of it? Chaos and hatred
and disgusting displays of just how depraved humans can get.
nice only seems to allow our enemies to play more meanly.
now, our enemies are telling law-abiding citizens to play nice in the gun
debate to “save the children.” Yet they’re simultaneously playing PC games with
Muslim terrorists, who may or may not have been involved in yesterday’s Boston bombing.
President Obama refused
to call the bombings a terrorist act and cautioned
his constituents not to jump to conclusions (though
some White House spokesman later called it an act of terror), doubtlessly
because there’s a decent chance a Muslim group is behind the bombs. But how
fast do you think he’ll throw around labels and insinuations if it turns out
some government-hating militia did it?
he’s done it before even when there was just the thought of it being the Tea
now, our enemies are handing out condoms in schools and encouraging kids to
explore their sexuality, labeling anybody who preaches abstinence as a prude
and a religious halfwit. Yet they tell us to be surprised when our children
have so little respect for each other that it becomes commonplace for 16-year-old
boys to rape passed-out drunk 15-year-old girls and
all their peers to laugh about it.
now, our enemies are doing everything wrong and calling it right and then
shifting the blame whenever it literally and figuratively blows up in our faces.
And since it blows up in our faces a lot, it seems safe to conclude that playing
nice is only doing everyone a giant disservice.
I’m not going to play nice today. I’m going to throw out a political point…
of whether the perpetrator turns out to be Muslim or some sick little American
brat who was never taught to respect others, we should spend a lot less time
trying or pretending or exhorting to play nice and a lot more time promoting
we had only concerned ourselves with being honest instead of being “nice”
before this point, the 2013 Boston Marathon probably could have ended in
something other than tragedy.