Peggy Noonan: We need to defuse America’s explosive politics
The attempted bombing of political figures is domestic terrorism meant to disrupt and intimidate. That it came to light less than two weeks before an election whose outcomes may constitute a national rebuke to—or soft boost of—President Trump’s controversial leadership means that passions are high and will stay so. Things are feeling primal, tribal.
There’s more than enough time before the voting for the gates of hell to open. Let’s try to keep them shut.
What can help? Some things I’d like to see:
A suspect was arrested Friday morning. It‘s good that law enforcement appears to have used every resource available to find the bomber or bombers, which will help in returning an air of order. As the investigation continues, all law enforcement should be extremely, unusually forthcoming about the facts and state probe. We’re all tired of their swanning around after school shootings with their secret information we can’t have. Be as open as possible without injuring the investigation. This may help calm the finger pointing. “It was a left-wing false-flag operation!”
Everyone running for office should admit things have gotten too hot, too divided. Then they should try to cool the atmosphere.
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