Letter to the Editor: Those on right developed selective memories

Editor:

A recent letter to the editor assured us that Democrats are at fault for the recent shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice preparing for a charity game. According to the writer, the Democrats are guilty of spreading hate and lies about Republicans that influenced a disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporter into violence.

The author states that “the real reason is the constant vile rhetoric spewed by the leaders of the Democrats.”  He also refers to “peaceful marches” in a sinister tone, mentioning destruction of personal property associated with the marches of hundreds of thousands of predominantly peaceful protesters.

Conveniently, many on the right develop selective memories about their actions over the last 30 years. The constant lies about the Clintons, distorting the war record of a decorated presidential candidate, untruths about a president’s birthplace and religion. Republicans were unapologetic in the aftermath of a contrived war in Iraq. Recently, a tragedy was narrowly averted after a source ran a story about child slavery and linked it to Democrats. But unfavorable news is labeled “false.”

Never mind history, Democrats are declared wrong because Republicans feel entitled to their own version of reality. There is no reflection on their own actions.

On July 8, a peaceful, permitted group gathered downtown at the gazebo in Front Royal. They were respectful and quiet, except for the occasional passing car horn expressing approval.

One participant was walking from a meeting to join the event when one of the spectators across the street shouted to a passing car, “Run her over, she’s a Democrat.” At a prior event, one of the members was informed that his ethnicity was the cause for all the trouble being visited on the town. Other times, words are shouted across the street at the gathering.

Threats add nothing to a rational discussion, and could escalate into violence. The tactic of blaming “the other” was successfully used in the election, and is prompting the current rash of hate crimes. In these confusing and divided times, it is more important to use reason than emotion.

Steve Foreman, Warren County

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