It’s important to keep that in mind and remember how fragile that can be.
Yesterday, this was the scene before the annual congressional charity baseball game.
This of course was a response to a when gunman opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen were practicing for this annual charity baseball game on Wednesday. While House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is still in the hospital recovering from his gunshot injury, multiple others had also been shot due to someone’s disdain of the Republican Party.
In the US, incidents like these are rare.
No, not talking about gun violence – that’s sadly very common in the US – in this case, we’re talking about political violence.
Unlike many other countries, political violence isn’t a regular occurrence in the US. The last time something like this happened in 2011 where then US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, along with 18 other individuals, were shot during a campaign rally in Arizona. It was a sobering moment for many in the US with calls for civility from both parties.
However, that was 6-years-ago, and the political landscape has changed greatly since then. Today, both parties are incredibly polarized on a variety of issues ranging from health care to gun control. It’s obvious that DC has been shaken by Wednesday’s shooting.
For many, this led to a similar rallying cry; more unity, less partisanship. As many have reported, this mantra only lasted about a day. Fundamentally speaking, both parties are so ingrained in their party’s policy initiatives, that neither side is willing to let go of their legislative goals. So the polarization (and with it, the harsh rhetoric) is probably not going away, anytime soon.
Of course the worry of all of this is the possibility of political violence becoming the new normal in the US. While experts would tell you, that political violence stems from not polarization, but from lack of faith in government institutions. Granted, Congress isn’t the most popular governmental body at the moment, we’re still very far away from the general public losing complete faith in government institutions.
Then again, the obvious should be stated:
New plan: don't fucking shoot people to make a fucking point you fucking idiots.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 14, 2017
It’s always good to keep that in mind.
(Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)