The news out of Arizona is absolutely devastating and I don't think I've processed it fully enough to write much of anything. But I was moved to learn that when the Constitution was read out loud in the House this week, Giffords asked to recite the First Amendment. She is a moderate Democrat from a GOP-leaning district. Her positions on issues such as immigration and even gun control disappointed many progressives. Yet Giffords chose, symbolically, to read aloud the section of the Constitution that means the most to American liberalism in its clear call for a secular government that protects the rights of its people to assemble, organize, and protest–exactly what Giffords was doing with her constituents when she was tragically shot.
For more, read Ezra.