Another Mass Shooting In America

Just another Tuesday in America.

While the gun deaths were taking place I wonder which NRA lobbyist was passing money to a Republican member of congress?  Let us be serious….members.

The shooting began outside of a cemetery in Jersey City, N.J., on Tuesday when a 40-year-old detective tried to intercept two people who were suspects in a homicide. They opened fire and fled, speeding off in a rented truck that had been reported stolen and leaving the detective dead on the ground.

They drove about a mile, stopping in a Hasidic neighborhood where dozens of young ultra-Orthodox families have relocated to in recent years. With traffic at a standstill as the police rushed to answer 911 calls about the shooting at the cemetery, the pair invaded a kosher market.

What followed was an all-out gun battle as police officers swarmed the area and helicopters circled overhead. About a dozen schools went on lock down for hours, trapping thousands of students in classrooms long after the school day usually ends. New Jersey Transit suspended bus service and a light rail line that runs through Jersey City for a time. A nearby exit off the New Jersey Turnpike was closed for hours.

When the street was quiet again, five people in the market were dead — three people who were either customers or workers, as well as the two suspects, who have not been identified.

Why Unnamed Sources Matter To Reporters And Citizens Alike

Nothing seems to lather up the Fox News demographic quite as easily as when unnamed sources are used by reporters and news operations.  The use of such sources, so as to allow citizens access to information about their government, seems not to be understood by a sizable segment of the nation.

With that in mind, while reading Churchill by Andrew Roberts, I came across one of those shining–or should I say glaring–examples as to why unnamed sources matter.  To bore the point deeper the example comes from The New York Times.

Readers of history know the fallout resulting from the Dardanelles campaign during World War I.  What many may not have known is what was quoted by an unnamed source leading up to what became a military debacle.

Churchill had a report leading up to the military actions in the Dardanelles which quoted an unnamed naval officer in the appendix who argued that time and “the policy of watchful waiting” was on the Allies’ side and “those amateur strategists who demand that the British Fleet should charge madly over minefields to get to the Germans simply ask England to commit suicide”.  Churchill did not circulate the report with the unnamed source to the War Council.

There are absolutely credible reasons why unnamed sources speak to reporters, and why reporters write their stories and inform the people.  Reporters have a duty to protect the identity of their sources.  That should be obvious.  The reasons include the fact whistleblowers can lose their jobs if their identity were made known, and sources in dangerous areas could face death.

Unnamed sources elicit more information for the citizen via conversations with reporters.  Such sources are a most vital link in the work journalists do, providing a powerful ingredient so citizens know what the government is doing in their name.

Democrats Not Gloating, Serious Nature About Impeachment Dominates

For all of the real anger about a whole host of issues which Donald Trump has fomented during his years in the White House, from immoral policies at the southern border, feverishly working to undermine the Affordable Care Act, ripping at international alliances, or waging a trade war there is no glee to be found among serious-minded Democrats when it comes to the impeachment process.

Millions in the nation demanded that Democrats proceed down the constitutional path of impeachment, following the facts showing a president used the office to try to personally benefit in a partisan way by the use of a foreign power and then worked to obstruct the facts from Congress.  Americans knew there was only one way that our nation could travel.  History demands that brakes are applied and checks and balances used when those in power abuse the trust that has been placed upon their shoulders.  To have looked away, or taken an easier path, would not have been the honorable or ethical path that a sound republic could ever reckon.

Democrats are doing the nation’s business with impeachment.  The matter is not taken lightly.  Doing the right thing for the nation means that there will be those from the other side who will complain and work to make sure that the removal of Trump by the Senate never occurs.  The likelihood of his removal from office is akin to roses blooming in my yard come January.   (But my rhododendron did bloom out in late October….)  While Republicans brag openly about subverting the norms and ideals in this land and mock the institutions designed to correct abuses of power the nation looks on and wonders what has happened to the party that once promoted law and order.

The articles of impeachment drafted against Trump makes no one smile.  No one wants their president to have lowered himself, through his behavior, to the point that the House Judiciary Committee will need to cast votes for articles of impeachment.  But when such abuse of power takes place there must be accountability.   While Republicans attempt to deflect and deny what Trump did, history will write that Democrats did the work that our Founders knew we could handle if only we stepped up to act.

We can not know the future, or how the coming years will unfold.  But I am most confident that when history is written about what unfolded today it will be noted at length there was integrity in the hands of the majority party in the House as they fulfilled their obligations to the nation.

Democrats are not gloating.  We know how serious constitutional process is, and what happens when it is not followed.

And so it goes.