This week we paid attention to wise words offered on the tragedy in Arizona last Saturday. Here are some of them. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

“I do think it’s a worthwhile goal not to conflate our political opponents with enemies if for no other reason than to draw a better distinction between the manifestos of paranoid madmen and what passes for acceptable political and pundit speak. it would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t actually resemble how we talk to each other on TV. Let’s at least make troubled individuals easier to spot.” — Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

“We have a news media market in which the rewards go to anybody who can stroke the audience’s pleasure buttons.” –David Brooks in The New York Times

“We can’t say for certainty what happened inside this man’s troubled mind. But If we look at it historically we know that fevered political talk that goes unanswered can have consequences. Tonally – at least – I think it would be a good thing to have a re-set dial. There is no question that the combination of technology, fevered politics… has contributed to a really unfortunate atmosphere.”” — David Remnick of The New Yorker on Charlie Rose

“The rage out there doesn’t just affect people on the fringes. It affects people previously in the middle. It’s gotten so extreme, they live in a cocoon.” — Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

“This talk did not cause this crime. But this crime should summon us to some reflection on this talk.” — David Frum

“How can we not discuss when a congresswoman is shot through her head in a district that had a bullet target on it when she ran against an opponent that had an ad in the newspaper that said “come shoot an M-16…” He had some pretty inflammatory language. I say this – and this is the sickness of our political culture – I say this as a small government conservative with a 100% NRA voting record a 100% Right to Life voting record, I voted to abolish cabinet agencies left and right. I have been the conservative’s conservative. But because I say we need to step back from the abyss, well I’m not a conservative anymore. Joe what happened to you? I hear it all the time. What happened to me? If someone ever thought they voted for me because I was going to do a nod and wink to violent acts, well they voted in ignorance. But that’s how sick our culture is. It’s become clannish. You choose your side.” — Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

“I urge everyone read up about those who were hurt or killed. You will be comforted by how much anonymous goodness there is in the world.” — Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

“Imagine — imagine for a moment, here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that some day she, too, might play a part in shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to her student council. She saw public service as something exciting and hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted. I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it.” — President Barack Obama, transcript from The Atlantic

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