Like so many other initiatives of the tea party-infused Republican right, the push to leave - and even destroy - the Human Rights Council is wrong.
The violence in Tucson is also not an isolated incident. According to the last figures issued by the FBI, there were 8,336 victims of hate crimes committed by 6,225 people in 2009.
In the coming year, states face a combined shortfall likely to exceed $112 billion.
The Republican takeover of the House of Representatives can be viewed, almost poignantly, as a death in the neighborhood, and Emily Dickinson provides a commentary.