A Short Note on the Shooting in Washington

Let’s all take a deep breath before we go blaming Democrats and the media for this morning’s shooting. The radicalization of politics as blood sport has happened on all sides. Judging from his Facebook page the shooter, James Hodgkins, was a Bernie supporter and rabidly anti-Trump. While we don’t know what caused him to open fire this morning, we might suspect that his political views had something to do with it. But, his political orientation is less meaningful than the concept of politics as warfare he apparently embraced. On this the left hardly has a monopoly.

What happened this morning is an alarming reflection of the depths to which our politics, on all sides, has sunk. We should respond with a call for civility, not just in those we disagree with politically, but also in ourselves.

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