Does the use of the word define a position ?
After Paris, Queen Elizabeth Second and Supreme Governor of the Church of England tweeted ..
After Paris, US Presidential Candidates tweeted (my red emphasis) ..
The reports from Paris are harrowing. Praying for the city and families of the victims. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 13, 2015
My prayers are with the victims and hostages in the horrible Paris attacks. May God be with you all. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2015
Horrific reports coming out of Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people of France — our oldest ally. https://t.co/701TBDfwQB — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 13, 2015
Praying for Paris tonight. America will stand with you against terror. — Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 13, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Paris tonight. — Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 13, 2015
Tonight we pray for and mourn with our French brothers and sisters. Today’s horror is another reminder that we must be vigilant against evil — Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) November 13, 2015
My prayers are with the people of Paris, France. America will always have your back in the war against terrorism. Always. — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 13, 2015
Our thoughts are with the people of France. Please say a prayer for Paris as they deal with this horrible attack. — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) November 13, 2015
Coordinated attacks ongoing in Paris are horrifying. We pray for a swift resolution. — George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) November 13, 2015
My thoughts & prayers are with the people of Paris. America must stand united with France as they face this truly horrific act of terrorism — Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 13, 2015
Praying for victims of attacks in Paris and for those reportedly held hostage. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 13, 2015
Our prayers go out for the people of Paris tonight. -John — John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 13, 2015
Heartbreaking news from Paris. Praying for the country and its people. -O’M — Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) November 13, 2015
The terrorist attacks in France tonight are alarming and heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. — Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) November 14, 2015
I mourn with you. I pray with you. I stand with you. America must lead in the world. We must wage & win this fight against Islamic terrorism — Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) November 13, 2015
… see what I mean ? Will they all pray ? Or has the word just become another meaningless word in people’s limited lexicon. If it has, you might want to rethink, because outside of the USA, you will find that words are not taken so lightly. That might be a clue.
BTW, let’s not forget that most of those people ‘praying for France’ were the same people behind Freedom Fries. Remember them ? Fickle ? Of course. They are politicians, a breed that can demonstrate the art of the pivot in a single sentence. But as France gets dubbed " our oldest ally " we would do well to keep those times in mind.
And, while we are on that consistency thing, yes, I did notice that The Queen did not tweet in support of Beirut, but who did? Before Paris? And who is now ? Over the weekend - this …
… reveals the trending hashtags on Twitter. Today, Beirut is nowhere to be seen.