Imagine a long editorial about how our country “needs to unite, not fight” without once mentioning President Trump
With only a week to go, it appears that the Wheeling papers will make it through Trump’s entire term without a single editorial that criticized him or his policies
Today’s afternoon editorial*, “Country Needs to Unite, Not Fight,” may be one of the worst-written in years. After a couple of readings, I was still not sure of what the editorial* was calling for beyond “uniting not fighting.” Here are the last two paragraphs:
We are better than this. We are better than a man waving a Confederate battle flag waltzing with little resistance into our nation’s seat of power. We are better than tolerating elected officials who believe they have a right to commit crimes in the name of their cause, but that others have no right to do so if they are fighting for a different cause. The hypocrisy is stunning. The willingness to commit violent crimes – again, five people are dead – is frightening.
This is not how we move forward in this country. This is not who we are.
Okay, we need to move forward but how do we unite when some prominent conservative politicians and conservative media sources continue to suggest that the election results were rigged even when there is no evidence to support that conclusion? How do we unite when the party’s candidate and a number of his followers refuse to accept that the candidate has lost? How do we unite when a faction of one party still believes that violence is the answer? The problem, it seems to me, is that Trump and his most-fervent supporters are living in a different reality than the rest of us. I don’t have an answer, but I wouldn’t look for answers in this editorial, either.
*No link -- editorial was not online.