We live in extremely partisan times when blame is placed on the whole for the actions of a few.
In recent months, several members of the Trump administration have been harassed in public while going about their private lives. This behavior has been cheered on by too many who foolishly believe that this is the way to air political grievances. Even Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., encouraged Democrats to accost their opponents. Thankfully, that directive was denounced by individuals across the board. More recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., were yelled at on separate occasions while dining out.
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Needless to say, this unbridled, vitriolic nonsense must end.
Unfortunately, a common reaction from both sides seems to conclude that these verbal attacks are bad when those we support receive them but good when our enemies do. If this is how Americans react to this brand of unacceptable behavior, how will the current toxic political environment improve?
With a media complex dominated by the Left, the Right often feels as if our voices are being stifled. Add to that political harassment or even violence, as in the case of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Republicans may sit back and conclude that it's our time to dish out some sort of intimidation. After all, we're on the receiving end more often than not. Shouldn't we play by the rules of the cultural majority?
No. If anything, Republicans must do the exact opposite.
Reducing ourselves to tactics reserved for individuals who exist on the fringes of society is never the answer. We don't make gains for decency by hoping the tables are turned when the Democrats are back in power. We can't claim a moral majority if we delight in the idea of seeing those who vehemently oppose President Trump experience the same cruel, taunting behavior those closer to us have.
In a back-and-forth that has yet to reach a final boiling point, it is the Right that must step away. We can't wait for our political adversaries to make the first move.
On Wednesday, news came out that suspicious packages were sent to the Obamas, Clintons, and to the CNN offices in New York City, as well as a few other locations. Immediately, everyone should have condemned the behavior and called for swift action to subdue and hold accountable the individual or individuals responsible. But naturally, in 2018 America, there was a rush to partisanship.
Either the Left was making a desperate attempt before midterm elections, or the president himself (and by extension, the GOP) was directly responsible.
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You can draw a direct line between the violent rhetoric of Donald Trump and the bombs sent today to the Obamas, Clintons, and CNN.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 24, 2018
Folks, make sure to vote. Leave nothing to chance. This is only going to get worse unless we stop this White House.
@TheDemocrats have become so DISHONEST -- I would not be surprised to learn that DEM operatives planted bogus packages at Soros, Clintons & Obama residences.— Rich Jaeger (@RichJaeger) October 24, 2018
Curiously, this happens 1 week after Republicans and President were threatened with packages and 2 weeks before election
This immediate politicization only adds to the sickness.
Turning potential tragedies into weapons of accusation feels good. Without knowing any specifics, we've confirmed that our political enemies are not just capable of going to these extremes, but at least partially responsible for them. All the while, we fail to react in a way that will diffuse the hate.
Politics has become a full-fledged god. Americans of all stripes tend to view one party as solving all dilemmas while declaring the other one will only bring about struggle and infringe upon our freedoms. But neither is the answer to or cause of all our problems.
With so little that we can actually control, shouldn't we as Democrats, Republicans, and independents focus on what we can change? In this case, it's our collective predisposition to assume that those opposite us deserve either retribution or a full serving of blame. Until all of us arrive at this more gracious alternative, the partisanship that rears its face during both normalcy and possible disaster will continue to eat away at the unity of the now-distant past that we once knew.
Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog and a senior contributor at RedState.com.