Scoot: Hate in our faces - but who is to blame?

October 30, 2018 - 11:38 am

Hate is in our faces.  The hate that motivated the mail bomb suspect to send pipe bombs with explosive material inside to former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, along with a list of a dozen Trump critics, combined with the attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA over the weekend have made it impossible to ignore the level to which pure hate has risen in contemporary America.

A Trump supporter, who protested the President, methodically send pipe bombs, which fortunately never exploded, to a targeted group of Democrats.  Immediately, blame was placed on the mainstream media for falsely describing the suspect as a “Trump supporter.”  One text to my radio show said there are no pictures of the suspect at any Trump rallies.  That, of course, was blind bias because there were pictures of the suspect at Trump rallies; and the countless political stickers on the van, in which he apparently lived, told the story of a man who was a strong Trump supporter and a hater of Democrats. 

That reality is impossible to deny, yet many wanted to defend their political tribe by resorting to such insanity as “at least the bombs didn’t hurt or kill anyone - unlike the socialist that actually shot Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in an attempt to kill Republicans.”  This is a microcosm of the great political divide.  Essentially, the message was that the left extremist was a lot worse than the right extremist, all as a way of protecting political territory.

And that’s the America we are living in today.  The middle-age white male shooter who killed 11 people and injured others at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, shouted anti-Semitic things as he opened fire in a service on the Sabbath.  According to authorities, the shooter was an extremist on the right who voiced hate for the agenda of Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The mail bomb suspect and the shooter both appear to be proud of their devotion to right-wing ideology, but it is also important to recognize that neither the mail bomb suspect nor the shooter represent all Republicans and all conservatives.  The left will try to paint the image that these two men do represent conservatives in America.  The right continues to link all Democrats and all liberals with the command from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who angrily gave orders for Democrats to verbally harass and literally get in the face of Republicans and anyone who works for the Trump administration at restaurants or anywhere in public.

Both sides are wrong, but this instinctive behavior of the right and the left proves that we have a problem in America.  The problem always comes back to tribal politics.  But who is really to blame?

President Trump shows signs of bringing America together, but those moments are always quickly interrupted by the rhetoric that plays to a divided America.  President Trump’s moments of compassion seem forced from a script and not generated from his heart. 

For that reason, President Trump plays a part in dividing America, but he is not solely to blame.  The President’s staunch position on the hate he has been in a position to address directly targets a large enough portion of the right to warrant standing ground rather than reaching out.  The fact that President Trump is targeting this group of voters means that group of voters is supporting the President being less compassionate and more combative.

It is the voters who direct the political leaders, like President Trump.  As long as the desire to be elected or re-elected is the ultimate goal, then political leaders will reflect the morals and attitudes of those voters. 

Nothing changes until the group that supports the division is outnumbered and becomes more vocal than the group that claims it will not tolerate such attitudes.

“We the people” love to blame the politicians and love to blame the media, but both the politicians and the media reflect “we the people.”

Please vote on November 6!

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