RT @Snowden: No matter your party, the decline of political culture apparent in the words "Clinton versus Trump" is the tragedy of our times. .
I get the sentiment. And I have often decried the choices (or lack of same). But (marshal's resources for full throated old man crank mode), the time for mourning is quickly passing. This is what being an adult means: making the best of the worst set of choices. Time to get over it and get to work. "Tragedy"? While I have a certain amount of admiration for Mr. Snowden's principled stand and sacrifice, this is hardly a tragedy. Mother Bethel was a tragedy. What Zika does to children is a tragedy. Katrina was a tragedy. Syria is a tragedy. Charlie Hebdo was a tragedy. Nice is a tragedy. This is just politics. Which is often akin to navigating a sewer with as much dignity as possible. But it ain't tragic. #getoffamylawn ‎· MoTO Babycakes
*steps down from high horse... checks old man diaper for rant related soilage* ‎· MoTO Babycakes
Well said, @barrywynn ‎· Catherine
@cpellegr: thank you CP. Now keep them damn kids away. It's my nap time. ‎· MoTO Babycakes
Actually (dons annoying Pedant Hat), if you want to get technical about it (and to me it's an important distinction), a tragedy is a bad thing that happens because of human error. So that leaves out Zika and Katrina but includes most of the rest. ‎· laura x
I feel like human error contributes to both of those (especially when you consider poor allocation of resources to known problems, and a reluctance to maintain or repair basic infrastructure in advance of incredible stressors.) ‎· Jennifer D.
Where in the definition for "tragedy" does it say it has to involve human error? ‎· Mr. Noodle
@newrambler: I defer to you in all areas of a grammarly nature, Laura with an x. If you specify the Federal response in the aftermath of Katrina, I think it would qualify under the conditions you set forth. Or, what @jenn2d2 said. As for Zika, I am not as steeped in that trail of tears. ‎· MoTO Babycakes
Per @jenn2d2, you could say that any natural disaster can be made into tragedy due to ineptitude and / or malice. ‎· Pete Smith
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