The Politics Of Grief

The attacks in Paris which left so many dead and injured are a tragedy, of that there is no doubt. I am not one for making statements of support whenever such events occur. I think that one’s sympathy in such situations goes without saying. Political leaders are different and are expected to comment, to offer condolences and support on behalf of their nation or their party. That too goes without saying. What I find absolutely crass and tasteless is the actions of those who use such events to engage in petty and utterly childish games of political one-upmanship. There is no dignity in crowing that you are better at grieving than your opposition. There is no decorum in slating your political opponents and turning what should be a solemn and thoughtful time into a competition to see who can grieve better than who. If you have an axe to grind with an opponent, incidents such as this really aren’t the situations to do so.

Social media is a fantastic tool, if used wisely. For many out there, today has not been a shining example.

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