Two days before the first anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, a group of Presbyterians gathered to talk about gun violence.They lit three candles, each representing ten thousand people killed by gun violence every year, and they read three obituaries, each remembering the life of one taken too soon. They prayed for the families of the victims, the perpetrators, and our shared brokenness.
The representational form of democracy known as a republic differs from direct democracy in that it interposes an additional layer of accountability between the people and the decisions rendered by the society. This additional layer is designed as a check on the passions of the "mob," which, when inflamed, can precipitate actions that would undermine the long-term stability and credibility of the society In the larger world community. It seems, however, to have failed us at the present time.
Continuing his movement away from the party line, Peter Beinart, one of the leading public intellectuals in the Jewish community in the US, is now calling for liberal American Jews to put their bodies on the line in the Occupied Territories in order to pressure the Israeli government to move quickly to a just resolution.