Everyone wants to make sense of what could go through someone’s head to make them open fire on innocent citizens who are playing baseball. The militant anti-Trump DNC supporter seemed to specifically target the victims just because they were Republican, and it begs the question of whether or not the rivalry between parties has become too much.
Of course, the two groups will never agree, however, the increasing tension is obviously being acted out in violence, and we must find a way to make that stop. I’m sure there will lots of different theories a to how we should do that, however, someone with a lot of experience in politics thinks he knows how to get started.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has thrown in his political two cents as to why this escalation is happening, and how it should be stopped.
Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attributed the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA that had resulted in five people hospitalized, including House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), to what he described as an “increasing intensity of hostility on the left.”
“The intensity on the left is very real,” he added. “Whether it is somebody, as so-called comedian, holding up the president’s head in blood or it’s right here in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated, or it’s Democratic leading national politicians who are so angry they have to use vulgarity because they can find any common language to talk. This intensity I think has been building since election night.”
To “rise above” sounds like a pretty good plan, however, in this case rising above would probably equate to ignoring the problem. We would “rise above it” if it weren’t what caused the tragedy. As the Speaker said, the gunman asked if they were Republicans before he started shooting. It’s not yet evident if he wanted those politicians specifically or if he just wanted someone from the opposing party in general, but the climate of violent dissidence toward the President and his party has reached a critical level.
There used to be a time when the party who lost would just learn from their own mistakes and hold tight for another four years till they could elect who they wanted the next time around. That’s the democratic process, and it’s the only way this whole social experiment works.
However, the 2016 losing side has dehumanized the winners to the point that their followers think it’s OK to punish them in any way possible. It started with rallies that turned into riots, and it’s evolved into an unabashed all out war. And the Democratic party can’t even deny that it’s their fault because they literally asked for it.
So if you want to know if Republicans can “rise above it” why don’t you go talk to one of the most powerful men in politics who was shot in the hip and tried to drag himself to safety. Ask him how the rising is working for him today.
(Source: Breitbart News)