Thank you, David French, for providing us with this excellent article. A whole lot of Americans on all sides need to look in the mirror and get their anger in check. Excerpt –
I believe that most Americans are still capable of viewing politics in proper perspective and have a temperamental aversion to extremism, but our politics are defined not by the apathetic but by the passionate, and those who are most passionate are also growing increasingly angry. Not a single national politician speaks in support of gunning down cops in the streets. Yet chanting protesters do in fact scream for blood and laugh when cops get hurt. Not a single national politician calls for white supremacism. Yet the alt-right thrives online, and the white-supremacist body count keeps climbing. It’s easy and comforting to blame politicians for violence, for creating “climates of hate.” It’s much harder to look in the national mirror and realize that the political market is embracing the fight. When anger grows, extremism grows. And when extremism grows, anger grows all the more. Our national and cultural unraveling continues, and the American people — not politicians — shoulder the lion’s share of the blame.