About to begin her third term, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a self-described Blue Dog Democrat, was shot in the head during a small public gathering of citizens. She and other elected officials of both parties have avoided large town hall meetings in Arizona because of outrageous behavior by members of the audience they have faced.
The shooting will be top of the fold news, first up on TV news and has already begun to explode across the web.
The news brought to mind a conversation I had just yesterday. I was talking to some friends in Arizona who winter there. They called me to tell me they have been stopped four times by border patrol officers in the past three weeks. Each time they have been asked where they have been and where they are going, all the while a drug-sniffing dog is circling their car. They are not Hispanic.
They also said it is not possible to discuss politics in social settings because of bitter arguments erupting.
A recent update now states Congresswoman Giffords is responding to directions following her surgery.
What has happened to our country?