Stop Politicizing Tragedy




Each life is precious; every soul important

Whether man, woman, or child


Every life has meaning; even if unrealized

There are NO throw-away humans


Regardless of what happened in ancient history

No Americans are chosen to die


No race, nor color, nor creed, nor religion

Makes any of us delegates for cannon fodder


When disasters strikes; as they often do

People are not segregated for annihilation


Hurricanes and tornadoes, floods and fires…

Carving pathways of destruction


Everything in the way simply ceases to exist

In the way it might have been yesterday


And those who find themselves caught in the way

Often gather together, to kneel and pray


The able bodies and their helping hands

Reaching out to help Their Fellow Man


No checklist exists to predetermine

If they meet a set of life conditions


No measurement by a color palate

Not a questionnaire about their place of worship


When hungry children huddle afraid

They’re not sorted, measured, or weighed


We Feed them, offer Comfort and Hope!

No examination under a microscope


Sadly, some tragedies are born of motivation

The few who hate and seek oppression


With rifles, pistols, and rapid firing weapons

Specific groups they sight for destruction


Their motives their own; not some decree

For a few minutes of fame, even negatively


These humans who have lost their way

Corrupted by an action or what others say


But the help that comes in the aftermath

First Responders to the awful bloodbaths


Fire Fighters, Police, and Paramedics

Their job is helping, not making politics


Yet, the mad scramble by a rabid media

Slanting facts, writing dangerous narratives


Sensationalize the facts; even creating a few

While people die and suffer; it’s what they do


It’s more important to know how the killer voted

And the gender and race of those accosted


If all our citizens are considered equal

Why do we stand for such betrayal?



America is not the nation our corrupt media makes it out to be.  Yes, there are a few bad apples, but the rest of us are good human beings who would gladly step up and help our fellow human being in times of need; we’ve done it so many times in the past and we’ll certainly do it again.  If you’d like to share this piece, please do so.  We all depend on one another and no matter what the media says, this nation is NOT filled bad people.  Maybe if we stopped politicizing every tragedy and instead reported on the goodness and love shown toward complete strangers, we might just turn the tide.  I still believe that it is possible.  Do you?


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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “Stop Politicizing Tragedy

  • October 4, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    “Maybe if we stopped politicizing every tragedy and instead reported on the goodness and love shown toward complete strangers, we might just turn the tide. I still believe that it is possible. Do you?”

    Yes, I do believe that is possible, Ralph. So many people helped each other at the Las Vegas tragedy. My nephew was at the concert – a man near him was badly wounded. In the hail of bullets, my nephew helped him up and took him to his (nephew’s) truck and drove him to the hospital. It was a horrifying experience. To know so many people helped each other is a beautiful message and hope for humanity.

    I have been so angry at the media and others who are turning this tragedy into a political issue. It is not about gun control as Hillary Clinton jumped on, it is not about white supremacy that Michelle Obama jumped on, it is about murder and that is what we need to focus on and do something about. These fanatic political people need to shut up.

    Ralph, You did great work on this. Thank you.

  • October 4, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Ralph, a wonderfully written and important piece in the wake of yet another tragedy. The media are too focussed on the mantra”Good News Doesn’t Sell!” Well, I think the public has had enough of tragedy and mass murder and they would welcome hearing some good news. The paradigm has to shift. Politics need to stay out of the media.

  • October 4, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    So right Ralph, it is when natural disaster and the like descends, people show their true colors, and race, culture and everything else that somehow segregates us, falls away. Unfortunately it is more often at the top end that corruption is rife and that remains a problem, globally. But political agendas in the wake of tragedy is disgusting and show none too starkly who some people are in power. Nicely rendered my friend and a sad truth. Cheers!

  • October 5, 2017 at 3:08 AM

    Could not agree more Ralph and after reading what the others responses wrote – there is nothing more that I can add other than to parrot them. Awesome and an important piece. Well done sir.


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