Politics erased momentarily

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JessicaJaspersonAs I comfortably sat on the computer chair in the Write Site on April 15 and scrolled the latest news occurring in America, my eyes remained open in shock after reading, “two explosions at the finish line of the Boston marathon, many injured.”

Just the night before I realized it was the marathon on Monday and I thought no more of it. Being an avid road racer myself, and having grown up in both Masschusetts and Rhode Island, I have a dream of running in the Boston marathon one day.

The challenging course is one of the most coveted races for a marathon runner. A racer actually has to qualify to race by getting a certain time in a previous marathon. Let’s just say this race isn’t for a weak body or a weak mind.

Whoever attacked on Monday should know runners, especially Massachusetts runners, do not give up. After the attack on the runners and bystanders I am still going to work on qualifying for this road race. Bostonian or not, those who are not defeated will still try their hardest to qualify for 2014.

With the information surfaced so far in the news, my concern is the action of politicians and their response to the attacks.

Scrolling through Facebook, every status, many from my friends and family on the east coast and across the country, supported Boston and proclaimed prayers for the injured, “Thoughts and prayers going out to Boston,” and “My heart goes out to everyone at the marathon and everyone who is checking for their loved ones.”

“I’ ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens,” said President Barack Obama on Monday in response to the attacks in Boston.

The same Monday, explosions went off in many Iraq cities killing at least 31 people and injuring more than 200, yet the precedence remained on America.

If our politics broke free from opposition after every tragedy that occurred worldwide, then maybe it would be helpful, at least this would give us more than one day. Unfortunately, only for one day it seems political parties are nonexistent in America.

Only after tragedies such as the Aurora shooting, Newtown shooting, or any day when a mass amount of Americans are killed or injured. This doesn’t seem right to me.

Once a day, week or month passes the two political parties are head to head again making less progress and solving fewer issues than if they would simply work together.

For example, the day of the explosions in Boston marks four months since the Newtown shooting took place. Today Democrats and Republicans fail to pass gun laws because of political parties’ association-simple politics.

My heart goes out to the victims and the families who were injured in some way as well as to the city of Boston. A plea to the politicians, those in opposition who are once again fighting and coming up with empty solutions or nothing at all. Do not use tragedy to resolve your bad habits for a single day.

No person deserves to be used as a tool. We won’t accept crutches politicians lean on to promote equality for 24 hours.

We won’t accept anything but progress every day – progress in America and progress worldwide.

Stop pretending this will help opposing parties come together, we’ ve learned from experience. This tragedy will not be forgotten, but the possibility of Democrats and Republicans working together unfortunately will unless a change is implemented.

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