Bruce Hinman: Getting caught up in blame game | Opinion

Letters from Lillian Garton and Bruce Warner on June 15 seem to be blaming Democrats for just about everything going on today and calling them brain dead.

This whole national anger issue is not just a Democratic issue, it is also a Republican issue. The number of assassination attempts and plots upon the lives of Presidents of the Unites States are numerous: more than 30 attempts to kill sitting presidents and presidents elect over all the years we have been a nation. Four sitting presidents have been killed, all of them by gunshot: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John Kennedy.

There were attempts on the lives of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter to name just a few as well as other elected officials. The people that shoot political figures are dangerously angry people of questionable mental stability. We need to understand that fringe element at both ends of the political spectrum for what it is.

Let’s not get caught up in the blame game and name calling rhetoric that works so well to divide our nation. Let’s patiently and methodically search out the facts, understand what is truly going on, get our heads out of the sand and work collectively for the good of our nation to fix our divide. Maybe congress can now see the need to come together because divisiveness, for whatever reason, is not working. And for the rest of us — it’s time to be respectful of one another.