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Politicizing A Tragedy and the Loss of Respect For An Astronaut

Mark Kelly, Photo Courtesy Trialx.com

If you are familiar with the name, but just can’t quite remember where you’ve heard it, Mark Kelly- an astronaut with NASA, is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ husband.

According to The Hill, Mr. Kelly “rips” Speaker of the House John Boehner for not coming to visit Congresswoman Giffords in the hospital, and is upset that he only sent a get well card.

From the beginning of the Arizona tragedy, where Congresswoman Giffords was  shot, this writer has prayed for her recovery. In fact, the very next day, after the tragedy, a blog was born with the express purpose of praying for her on a daily basis. If you ever read from this blog, you will see that politics were put to the side. This writer is not the only one to do this!

Politics had no place in this tragedy. While many on the left blamed Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, an countless others they do not agree with politically, there were also many on the left that never brought politics into the discussions surrounding the tragedy in Arizona.

Lives were lost that day. A Congresswoman’s life hung in the balance. We did not know if Gabrielle Giffords was going to live or die.

Republicans and Democrats across the nation came together to pray. Yes, as mentioned above, there were numerous people on the left that played the blame game, but there were also many who did not.

A real chance for healing for this nation was missed. While tragedy has turned to triumph in many ways, the Tuscon massacre only served to divide this nation further.

Now, the very parties that could once again build a bridge of healing are doing everything they can to tear it down.

While Mark Kelly’s grief, frustration and anger are understandable, to turn this into a political game is sickening.

The comments in the article referenced above speak volumes. This one in particular is a resounding sentiment for this writer:

“Giffords stopped to greet Boehner and told him with “a big smile on her face”: “You stay out of my district. Okay. Remember. Stay out of my district.””

interesting… and this administration literally defunded NASA and he’s criticizing Boehner for a get well card…

BY DEE on 11/15/2011 at 15:45

There has been no public criticism for President Obama de-funding the very place of Mr. Kelly’s livelihood! Oh, but wait! Yes, that’s right… Mr. Kelly retired from NASA over the summer, so this is no longer a concern for him. That leaves plenty of room to chastise the Republican Party leader for simply sending a card. He should be grateful they received that. From the quoted comment above, there was obvious tension between Giffords and Boehner. Whether she meant it as a joke or not, there is always truth in a joke. Maybe Speaker Boehner felt it was in Congresswoman Giffords’ best interest that he not make a personal appearance. Anyone who knows anything about recovery knows you do not add stress to the environment for the person healing.

We have no way of knowing exactly why Speaker Boehner chose to send a card rather than making a personal appearance. Maybe his intentions were not so pure in heart. Maybe they were a slight against the Congresswoman. However, it is doubtful.

If this nation does not put on her big girl pants and stop whining and crying every time someone “offends” them, we have absolutely no hope of healing. America is known for her strength. Even our astronauts are whining and crying these days! Or it could simply be as this comment says:

Nice to know that Mr. Kelly is busy getting his “15 minutes of fame” and cashing in on his wife’s horrific shooting. Tells you what kind of person he is.BY ANNE MARIE on 11/15/2011 at 15:58

If this is the case, it makes it even more sad and sickening.

 

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  1. GJ says:

    Anyone think it odd this guy is everywhere? standing by the bedside, the ever present force (while leaving to train for a launch 1 month after she was shot) …connect the dots…hes running for office, playing off his wifes tragedy as the american hero/astronaut.

    Id be willing to bet theres a zipper problem (reason for the first divorce?).