Gabrielle Gifford was shot a couple days ago. The debate in the US about whether Sarah Palin or the Tea Party are to blame is raging on. I think it’s absolutely not unlikely that the right wing rhetoric after Obama’s election has something to do with it. That country is travelling on a strange path. Reason, decency, and respect seem to be pushed out of the public debate by hate-mongers and maniacs who are louder and so much more fierce than those who are interested in listening and engaging. Large parts of the population seem to believe that intellectual reasoning and actual insight are completely unnecessary for good governance. Or for anything else, for that matter. They prefer some sort of gut feel and instinct. I have a feeling that things will get worse.
I’m on a train, my first business trip after the holidays. Still not quite back to normal, but I am hoping that things won’t get worse. I’ll just have to take it easy on this trip.