Another tragedy fell upon Americans on Saturday. United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona was critically wounded when ambushed by a gunman. Several others, including one of her aides and a judge were killed.
Saturday's tragedy reminds me that, in spite of ourselves, we Americans are family.
Sure, we fight and argue amongst ourselves. Each of us have our own opinions on the best way to get a job done. Some of us believe in government-run health care. Others believe it should remain in the private sector.
The list of our differences goes back to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. We disagree on things. We talk about it ...okay, sometimes quite heatedly. We compromise. We go on.
There is a common denominator, though, in every action that takes place. Each of us, is a family member. Each of us is an American. Just like brothers and sisters who may fight among themselves but will fight to the death to protect each other from harm caused by others, Americans are allowed to argue amongst ourselves ... but Heaven help anyone who attempts to hurt a fellow American.
When someone attacks one American, they attack every American. When someone attacks one American, they can expect retaliation by all Americans.
History proves that when a country, or an individual targets a single American, they don't have to worry about Democrats, or Republicans. They have incurred the wrath of an entire nation.
Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto confided, in spite of Japan's great victory against the United States, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Yamamoto had lived in the United States. He knew, not only America's industrial might in the 40's, but also, the single-minded resolve of Americans united for a just cause.
So now, a cowardly slime ball named Jared Loughner, with possible help from some other low-life cowards have perpetrated an attack against America and Americans.
It is time for Americans to come together on another decision. Terrorists, foreign or domestic, should not be included among those who deserve protection of any kind under American laws. If guilty of a terrorist act against our country ... they die. No drawn out trials. Just a no-fanfare-that-could-make-them-a-martyr bullet in the ear.
It is time to let the world know that America means business. Some may argue that the approach is inhumane. War is inhumane. The fight is for survival. Only the strongest survive. That is nature's way.