It won't surprise me if they see this as an opportunity to set up yet another scapegoat for the problems they cause (they already use Muslims, 'Socialists,' and gays just to name a few). If it is something about which the 'average' American might lack in depth knowledge they use the ignorance against them and ramp of the fear (this is where knowledge can be a weapon). It won't surprise me if they start to villainize those with mental disorders in order to deflect the blame and, as a side effect, have yet another go-to target (yes, I said 'target' intentionally) when they feel like their backs are against the wall...or just when they want to raise the fear level in the nation.
What they need to be doing is steeping up and taking ownership in their roll of creating a nation of Mad Men (not the TV show and in this rare case, for the sake of literary consistency, I'm using 'Man' in place of 'humanity'). These Mad Men (the likes of Beck, Rush and Palin) are intentionally creating more Mad Men and they need to step up and own their part in this national madness which is increasingly bent on violence.
More than that, they need to show a little confidence on their position. Now I completely get that they are trying to defend some pretty indefensible positions, but that's the point really, isn't it? If the only way they can make their positions gain footing is by ramping up hate and rage, then it's really not a dependable position at all is it? If they really believe that what they are saying makes sense, they should drop the divisive language and the subtle language of violence and actually deal with the issues. If they really believe that what they are saying makes sense, it should be easy to drop the hate-mongering... but I don't think they will. At least not for very long.
You see, the political machine will ratchet down the hate speech for a brief period, not because they believe it is the right thing to do for humanity, but because they think it is the right thing to do for their re-election campaign. And then the moment they think the eyes of the nation and it's desire to quail the hate-mongering have been subdued by their pursuit of lesser things, they will slowly ramp up the divisive, violence laced rhetoric - not because it's the right thing to do, but because it's the easy thing to do - not because the violence will no longer be incited, but because they believe their own election is more important than any lives that might be lost. It's mad I tell you... the actions of Mad Men.
We...we are left praying for a 9 year old girl, a Federal court judge, and a congressional aid... all who were killed or injured in the cross fire. Praying for Congresswoman Giffords and her recovery. And possibly the hardest part of all, praying for the shooter and for the life that pushed him so far to do something so hateful. It's not what you are hearing online and on television from commentators, but it is the uncommon thing we Christians are called to do. For that matter, we need to be praying for the Mad Men too.