Shortly after a madman — a Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter — went on a shooting spree, critically wounding Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Washington, D.C., a New Jersey Democrat strategist posted tweets with hashtags reading: #HuntRepublicanCongressmen and #HuntRepublicans.

When queried whether he regretted his anarchist comments, James Devine said, “It is insensitive, and I don’t care. You want me to be politically correct? I don’t have time for that anymore.”

Devine went on to say, “It speaks for itself. Yesterday’s events are the result of escalating rhetoric and vitriol that has been evident in our political system culminating with the election of our president and the chickens came home to roost, you know?” This echoes the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s comment, “The chickens have come home to roost. God damn America.” Wright was former President Obama’s pastor for many years.

Devine wrapped up his comments with this: “Well, now that we have a tyrannical government, to use another Republican’s words, James Hodgkinson is a citizen availing himself of his Second Amendment remedies.”

In other words, Devine, an anti-gun activist, is now saying that the Second Amendment to the Constitution was written so that if people didn’t like other people’s politics, it was OK to kill them.

Upon hearing of this, I thought, “My God! Is this what it’s come down to? The liberals now have taken to shooting their political foes?”

This new threat can only have one result, and that is that politicians and indeed, public figures in general, will now begin arming themselves. People who in the past would never consider carrying a weapon will buy guns, take courses and begin carrying on a regular basis.

Violence between members of the two main political parties is nothing new. On May 22, 1856, Democrat Preston Brooks savagely beat Republican Charles Sumner during a Senate session. Sumner was an abolitionist and had voiced his displeasure at slaveholders and Brooks responded with violence rather than rhetoric. This act was at the time considered the beginning of the breakdown of reasoned discourse. But, of course, that was mild compared to today’s liberal shenanigans.

But where, in all this, do we hear of Republicans going out and beating or shooting their political adversaries? We don’t, because it hasn’t happened. In fact, Republicans, at least on the federal level, are over-conciliatory, ready to “cross the aisles” (think Susan Collins) rather than offend the other side. Unwilling to stand up for mandates that got them elected, these people appear more concerned with what Democrats think or may think than what the voters think.

But back to the ever-growing amount of violent behavior on the part of liberals. Harken back, if you will, to the recent riots in our big cities. Rioters, Democrats all, burning buildings, overturning cars, even beating innocent people, have come to define the Democrat party. It would seem that after having lost control of the three branches of government, the Democrats would curtail their unlawful ways and begin working with Republicans. But no. Instead, they have become even more violent.

Something like this has happened in Maine, and only recently. During a Trump rally in Bangor, participants returned to their vehicles only to find the finish marred by “keying.” Keying is when someone takes their car keys in hand while walking along, gouging the finish on motor vehicles. Childish behavior for sure, but this vandalism is a symptom of something hidden deep in the liberal psyche.

The hope

There is hope, however, for a world where while we still disagree, we don’t hate each other. As an example, I attend a local Congregational church, which is supported by the United Church of Christ, the same denomination where Wright preaches. You would think I would shun anything connected with this denomination, but while the U.C.C. stands as the epitome of liberalism, the local church isn’t that way. It’s the people that make up a church, not some Toronto-based, liberal convention.

In fact, I love the people in my church and they love me. My church is my faith family. And though I may be one of only a small number of conservatives in the congregation, we all get along just fine.

And that is my message for everyone: Get along. Love your neighbor. It’s pretty simple. If only everyone would embrace it.

Tom Seymour is a freelance magazine and newspaper writer, book author, naturalist and forager. He lives in Waldo.