Wishing Gabby Giffords all the best

Posted by: ST on January 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Giffords resignsToday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords formally submitted her resignation from the US House to House Speaker John Boehner in front of an emotional, tearful Congress (letter here). In her resignation letter (and in a video released this past weekend), Giffords promised to keep working for the people of Arizona while continuing on the road to recovery.

I’m like millions of other Americans who have paid close attention to the benchmarks in her road back to a normal life, have laughed and cried at the ups and downs, and have prayed for the best possible outcome for her. No matter what party you’re in nor the political differences, you can’t help but be touched at her courage, spirit, and determination, considering what she went through. At our core, we are not Republicans or Democrats, conservative or liberals but instead human beings – God’s children, and because of that it’s in our DNA to root for the good guys (and gals).

I have to admit I’ve been very disappointed, and at times disgusted with the way some in Ms. Giffords’ party have used the Tucson tragedy for shameless political gain/advantage, most notably DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is a good friend of Giffords’ and her read Giffords’ resignation letter on the House floor today. The despicable use of this tragedy to one up the opposition started literally within seconds of the reporting of what happened, and it’s never really let up. Myths about the motivations of the shooter/murderer still persist in the fevered minds of rabid partisans like Schultz. I thoroughly enjoyed Diane Sawyer’s special on Giffords’ recovery right up until the point Sawyer “went there” via her narration of the events of the time the shootings took place by leaving open the possibility that the shooter, Jared Loughner, was motivated by so-called “violent Tea Party rhetoric” when it’s been proven over and over again that wasn’t the case. I was annoyed to hear that Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly wrote in his book on Gabby about how Boehner never visited Giffords in the immediate aftermath of the shootings, suggesting that maybe Boehner took it to heart when Giffords jokingly suggested to him one time to “stay out of my district.” I understand the need to get things off your chest, but including it in the book came across as nakedly political to me, and it left a sour taste in my mouth.

Even with all that said, I know how to “rise above” and put that to the side when it comes to Giffords herself. I didn’t (and don’t) agree with all her political positions but from what I’ve read about her she was someone anyone left or right could like personally. Her story is one that inspires people to do something with their lives, and also makes people who sit around feeling sorry for themselves think “hey, maybe I don’t have it so bad.” You just can’t help but to want her to do well in life and to make a full recovery (she sounds like she’s well on her way, too!).

So, best wishes, Rep. Giffords. Hopefully the best of your life has yet to come, and is just right around the corner. God bless you.

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6 Responses to “Wishing Gabby Giffords all the best”

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  1. Carlos says:

    She is a class act. Her politics aren’t much, but at least she wasn’t in Pluto’s orbit like Obama, Pelousy and Dingy Harry.

    One of the few class acts left in D.C. from either party. I’m sorry she had DWS give her farewell address.

  2. NC Cop says:

    Corageous and classy lady! Wish her all the best.

  3. Glenn Bergen says:

    Carlos, I’m with you on this one brother; I prayed for Gabby’s recovery. But today, I shed a tear when she approached the Speaker of the House’s podium and damned near tripped. She ,obviously, has more recovery to go through; but, I hope she can get back into Arizona politics.

  4. Kate says:

    I am one of those who wishes her the best, but feel that in her best interest she should have resigned immediately and allowed full attention to her recovery. The politicizing of the whole ordeal has left a sour taste in my mouth, too, Sister.

    This is another one of the “victim” heroes that is really getting under my skin in this country. Yes, she deserves our prayers and support, but what she is doing is quite normal for someone who has had a traumatic injury. She can be held up to that community as a hero for her brave effort afterward, but how she “became” one is not so heroic as random. Sorry, just how I feel. I believe she is just another democratic puppet for sympathy as if to say, Republicans can’t possibly have any feelings! Oh, wait. Let’s laugh at Boehner Mr. Crybaby. Pure hypocrisy and usury.

  5. Carlos says:

    And please don’t forget, it was the reader of her farewell address, Debbie WS, who still hasn’t apologized for the incoherent tirade against the TEA parties that was almost immediately proven false. DWS is a political slut (IMHO) and had no business representing Giffords, unless it was Giffords herself who requested her. In that case, I would reconsider my thoughts on what “class” she has.

    But I still wish her a full recovery.

  6. Jiji says:

    Carlos,

    What a GREAT idea. Lets get her one of those wooden things that sit on people’s desks that says POLITICAL SLUT.