"The past is another country. They do things differently there." Indeed. Back in America, there could never have been a grotesque spectacle such as we saw last night in Tuscon. I used to live in America, and I know how it's done. In America, we watched Reagan say farewell to the Challenger crew, with dignity, class and genuine feeling. That was then, and now is later than you think. You're in another country. Rather than pay respect to victims of a tragedy, an opportunistic narcissist flew across the country to drink in the adulation of his acolytes. They can tweet about it: Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. We're in Post America now, and that was a roomful of Post Americans. This is the predictable (and desired) effluent of generations of liberalism - public education, pop culture and moral relativism. These people are incapable of paying respect because they're incomplete. Their minds are unfurnished. They're not citizens, and what we saw isn't America. This is also a symptom of the perversion of our language. Respect has a very different meaning to these savages than it does to us. They're mad that their messiah has been disrespected, and they showed up to even the score with their worship. It's the American Idol mentality, living down to their messiah.