Let’s Cool Down

October 26, 2018 GMT

The discovery of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and billionaire liberal activist George Soros -- comes at a time of unprecedented political and social unrest in this country.

A divide inflamed by inflammatory rhetoric from both sides of the political aisle.

Considering that leaders of the political left found themselves in the crosshairs of these thankfully thwarted attacks, Democratic leaders want to lay the blame for these domestic terrorism attempts on the polarizing conduct of President Donald Trump.

Trump’s belittling attacks against political opponents and the news media, they say, provided the inspiration for these heinous, cowardly acts.

Yes, these letter bombs were all sent to members of the political left, but that camp shares equal responsibility for the sorry state of political discourse in this country.

And while the CNN cable news network also received one of these explosive devices, it and the other 24-hour cable networks that serve as political proxies for the left and the right also bear some responsibility for the adversarial political climate they helped create.

Furthermore, neither political party can make any claim on the high moral ground.

The failed, sordid attempt by Senate Democrats to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court provided proof that both parties share a collective responsibility for the toxic atmosphere that envelops Washington.

That’s no longer just an “inside the beltway” observation. According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe a great divide has engulfed this country, and few believe those stark divisions will improve anytime soon.

These brazen threats to our cherished political freedoms -- coming just two weeks before the highly contentious and momentous midterm congressional elections -- should serve as a somber wakeup call for both Republicans and Democrats alike.

It’s time to lower the rhetoric; that includes the president, leaders of both political parties, plus CNN, FOX, and MSN.

It’s also time politics in general moves back to the mainstream and not hijacked by the Democrat and Republican extremists who won’t accept any alternatives to their own.

Government can’t function if groups only identify with their own narrow agendas. Politicians must remember that compromise isn’t an admission of defeat; it’s the product of building a consensus, the basis for a functional democracy.

It’s truly troubling that it might take a direct threat aimed at the very core of our republic to rekindle the principles that made this country the envy of the world.

We trust the FBI, Secret Service and other federal enforcement agencies thrown into this investigation will apprehend those responsible for these acts of domestic terrorism.

They have no place in a nation built on the rule of law.

But if there’s lesson to be learned here, it’s that in time of crisis, we’re all Americans, a common bond forged by self-determination, self-expression and self-respect.