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Bryan Preston


April 19, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Ordinary Americans respond to emergencies and tragedies with grace and heart.

Across the street from slain MIT officer Sean Collier’s Teele Square apartment, several Tufts students have hung an American flag from their balcony to honor Collier.

“We found out this morning we lived across from him and hung the flag in support,” said Max Jaffe, 22. Jaffe and roommates Gary Grandonico and Tomas Isman, both 22, hung the flag. All are seniors at Tufts.

The street where Collier lived in Teele Square has been cordoned off by Somerville police officers. Collier was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 18 by men believed to be behind the Boston Marathon bombings.

Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane, visiting the scene, said he had known Collier for several years. He said he was “shaken up” by Collier’s death, and that the 26-year-old carried himself like someone much older.

“He was wise beyond his years,” Trane said. “I was impressed with how mature he was for his age.”

We saw similar reactions from Boston to Texas, where people met emergencies head-on, offering to fight the fires and help the wounded. In Boston, marathon runners just kept running to the nearest hospital after the blasts, to donate their blood. They had just run 26.2 miles, a feat most of us will never match. But they kept running. An ordinary immigrant rushed toward the danger and helped strangers. In Texas, first responders all over the huge state reacted to the fertilizer plant blast in tiny West, Texas by immediately getting into their cars and driving hundreds of miles toward the stricken community. They drove into the night and directly toward the fire that at that point was still blazing away. Blood, water, food and clothing donation centers were set up in the Dallas area, out east in Bryan, south in Austin and points in between. Ordinary people just wanted to help, however they could.

This nation’s character has been severely tested this week. So has the character of many of our leading lights and talking heads. Emergencies this week have consistently brought out the best in ordinary Americans and first responders. The same cannot be said for the media or the “first reactors.” This story was on the New York Times’ web site, until someone realized how it showed sympathy for the two men accused of bombing Boston Monday, killing Sean Collier last night, and terrorizing the entire country today.

Hat tip to the Daily Caller for catching that headline. It has been a shameful week in media and social media. David Sirota infamously wanted the Boston terrorists to turn out to be white, for the politics, and got his wish — sort of. They’re white, but also Chechen and Muslim, and naturalized citizens. Michael Moore was happy that he correctly predicted that the terrorists turned out to be men. Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert tried his hand at bowling. Twitter has been overwhelmed with idiocy and mediocy this week.

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this week, it’s that if there’s an emergency, rely on the burly, decisive ones around you and not those chattering about themselves in the peanut gallery, trying to score political points off it all. The first will give their life for you without hesitation. The second will watch you die and then turn your corpse into a political pinata, also without hesitation.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Twitter has been overwhelmed with idiocy and mediocy this week."

What do you mean "this week"? Try all day, every day of every week.
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" The second will watch you die and then turn your corpse into a political pinata, also without hesitation."

Or if political expediency calls for it, load you on Air Force 1 to make a spectacle of you and your suffering.
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Excellent column. The behavior of our MSM this past week has been nothing short of atrocious. Why anyone would still tune into network news or buy one of these worthless rags is beyond me. The papers don't even make good cat box liners.
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Well said! Too true.
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