A Moment For Graciousness: This Is How We Resolve Our Differences
The weekend firebombing of a GOP campaign headquarters near Durham, North Carolina - complete with graffiti reading "Nazi Republicans leave town or else” - was met with wildly disparate responses from the candidates. Clinton called it "horrific" and "unacceptable" and rejoiced no one was hurt. An ever more deranged Trump pulled from the toxic air the charge that “Animals representing Hillary Clinton" did it "because we are winning.” Sigh. For once coming together, officials expressed the consensus that, in the words of Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, “This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety, (and) its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation."
Amen, agreed many Democrats, who freely conceded their current outrage at all things Republican but still fiercely argued, "This is not cool." Massachusetts Democrat David Weinberger went further, promptly starting a campaign on Gofundme.com to help reopen the office; it raised several thousand in small donation over the $10,000 goal in 40 minutes. "We cannot know who did this or why,” Weinberger wrote. "(But) this is not how Americans resolve their differences. We talk, we argue, sometimes we march, and most of all we vote. We do not resort to violence by individuals or by mobs." Some argued the GOP was insured and does so much damage you should give your money to charities or LGBTQ groups. But most, while acknowledging they "oppose most they stand for except their right to stand for it," praised the act as "a great shining moment of compassion." The simple scary bottom line, said one still-civil citizen: "There is too much hate out there."