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Politicizing the Boston Marathon Bombing

Whenever there’s a horrendous gun crime that dominates the news and there’s a hue and cry about how easy it is to get guns, people on the right (usually, Republicans) criticize people on the left (usually, Democrats) “for politicizing this tragedy.”

That’s what the right says it wants:  don’t politicize major national tragedies.  (And we shall overlook, for the sake of discussion (but never in our hearts), how the right politicized the pointless invasion of Iraq.)

So it was more than a little surprising when Senator Charles Grassley – for many years now one of The Curmudgeon’s favorite Republican members of Congress – decided to politicize the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

As reported by the New York Times, Grassley spoke out during a hearing last week on immigration held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is the senior Republican member, saying

Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system.  While we don’t yet know the immigration status of people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts, when we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system.

You can’t have it both ways, senator.  Either it’s okay to politicize such things or it’s not.  Personally, The Curmudgeon  thinks there’s nothing wrong with politicizing such matters because when major problems arise, the solutions to them will usually be political.  At the same time, however, it’s just not right to criticize people for politicizing such catastrophes and then turn around and do the same thing when the politicization suits your own political agenda.