Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reaction to shooting at congressional baseball practice reveals a nation that doesn't just disagree. It hates


The targeted shooting of Republican lawmakers at play yielded a kaleidoscope of emotions Wednesday — anger, revulsion, horror — but little in the way of surprise. The attack almost seemed a natural, if sick, extension of the virulence that surrounds the country’s increasingly tribal politics. As if to prove it, events quickly settled into a familiar pattern: finger-pointing, blame-laying, partisan positioning. People today don’t just disagree. They’ve grown to hate the other side, from President Trump on down. Not necessarily over issues or ideology, which can be debated or leavened by compromise. But rather as an outgrowth of a deeper pathology, a contempt toward people for merely existing.

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