As of this moment we know very little about Miriam Carey, the woman identified as the driver of a black Infiniti involved in trying to crash the gates at the White House today around 2 pm and eventually killed near the U.S Capitol. She is identified as a 34 year old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut. She is alleged to have had previous mental health issues but so far no one has identified what those are. Her Facebook page states she is from Brooklyn.
Today, after 2 pm. she drove her car into a security barricade at the White House hitting and slightly injuring a Secret Service agent. She then led police on a high speed chase, being stopped once briefly only to start to flee once again, with police guns blazing. She was finally stopped, shot, and killed behind the Supreme Court building. She had her 1 year old child in the car with her. The child was unhurt.
The obvious question at this moment would have to be what would cause someone to do this? Does it have anything to do with the crisis of governance we are now experiencing? Was it the consequence of her mental health issues and no one picked up that she was moving in the direction of an emotional crisis? Could this have been prevented?
The Republican Party, in particular, has removed most of the sense of civility to political beliefs and here in Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District some on the Right believe earnestly that anyone who they tab a Liberal is a traitor to their idea of America and therefore deserves to be shot. Let me repeat again, many are not kidding. Was this the result of believing that Barack Obama was somehow the enemy of the people, an illegitimate occupant of the White House, or as a result of the lies told bout his health care plan?
Since 2008 we have never really confronted the jobs crisis, focusing instead on a phony deficit crisis while millions remained unemployed to the point they stopped looking for work after two years of looking. Many more Americans face economic hardship because the jobs they do have don't even pay for the necessities of life. Did economic stress cause Miriam Carey to crash the White House fence in desperation?
No one has yet identified Miriam Carey's political beliefs, if any. She has not been identified as part of any terrorist group. It is thought that this was an individual act.
If Miriam Carey is a symptom of the economic stress that more and more of the middle class faces every day, how likely is it that we may see more Miriam Carey's as our Congress addresses continuing to enrich the richest Americans and making a disappearing middle class pay for it. Our government appears at present to only respond to the very richest among us while for the first time in history many Americans economic prospects are declining and their children will have fewer options than they did.
As the American Dream becomes more and more elusive for an increasing number of Americans is it time yet again to ask the famous question of Langston Hughes poem, Harlem. What happens to a dream deferred?