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Peace and harmony in the wake of violence and tragedy?

Well, that didn’t last long, did it?

June 26, 2017

Like everyone I was saddened, angered, and also disgusted by the senseless act of hatred and violence performed by the self-described Bernie-Bro against the Republican congressmen and police.

I wish I could also say I was surprised by the level of violence perpetrated by this partisan, on those who politics he disagreed with. But given the level of hate ramped up by anti-Trump forces led by the “mainstream” media, such a physical manifestation sadly seems almost inevitable. And we now know that this was just the start of his agenda to dispense with any debate and simply “take out” those who disagreed with his leftist philosophy. Sadly, while most of the Dems haven’t yet resorted to this level of violence, there are some who apparently think it’s a good idea.

For example there is actually a self-described 'Democrat Strategist’, James Devine, who started a hashtag titled, #HuntRepublicanCongressmen. As reported from Fox News; "After a shooter in Alexandria left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition and wounded four other people, a longtime New Jersey Democratic political strategist responded by introducing the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.” 

Wow. Is this the new face of political discourse?

We should be asking, “How have we come to this?” But who could not have foreseen this coming from a century away? Just as the Bolsheviks and Nazis espoused - you can’t afford to have any opposing views. Thus it follows that any action taken to eliminating the opposition is fair game…including silencing them at the barrel of a gun.

For quite some time we’ve all noticed this hate getting out of hand. For instance a recent example was that nasty, bitter left-wing partisan, the unfunny Hollywood Lib “comedian”, who thought holding up a bloody image of the president's severed head was just fine. I wonder if she still finds it funny?

I’m also sorry to say that I noticed the level of partisan rancor from the anti-Trumpers on social media sites like Facebook has actually been increasing since the election. To the point where it seems that many no longer want to have a rational political debate about policy or position, but merely use it as a platform to spew hatred for conservative Americans, Trump, and all who voted for him.

That's why, on a personal note, I have gradually and reluctantly, and in many cases sadly, made the decision to disengage from many of those who seemed to be consumed by rancor and hatred on social media.

And that’s unfortunate because at a time when more rational political debate is needed it makes it hard to know if this tragedy has had any effect on the increasingly violent antipathy the left displays towards all those who don’t follow their own ridged orthodoxy.

On the one hand, as an optimist about the American ideal and it’s capacity to influence the world for the better I would like to think so. But I’m afraid it’s unlikely because I read that even while Congressman Scalise was undergoing surgery the Democrats paragon of 'rational thinking', Nancy Pelosi, was excoriating Republicans. And less than 24 hours after she had gushed for ‘unity’. So much for the new ‘civility.’

So it seems that the government is going to have to reconcile themselves to an irreconcilable abusive ‘love/hate’ relationship.

Republicans try to love the Democrats and they hate them for it.

And given that situation - wouldn’t you, as with a friend mired in an abusive relationship and continually bewildered about how to make it better - try to advise them that the sooner they accepted the hard fact that no matter how far they bend over backward, the other party was never going to like and accept them and nothing was ever going to change?

Thus the sooner they accept that truth and concentrate on doing what is needed to do to get on with life, the better it will be for all concerned? Especially, "we the people."

Yup - me too.

Ric Wasley 

June 15, 2017

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Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”

Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.