Ronald Reagan showed us how to deal with today’s political demonization

Ronald Reagan showed us how to deal with today's political demonization

I think often of my first boss – President Ronald Reagan – and how blessed I was to work for this great man. As we approach the Fourth of July and celebrate the greatness of America, I’ve been specifically thinking of him in the context of disturbing stories in the news and how political disagreements between Americans have escalated into personal demonization and even hatred for ideological opponents. Recent examples of this include: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant; Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen being harassed at another restaurant and outside her home; and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi being forced out of a movie theater by protesters who surrounded her and shouted at her. Another example is the call just a few days ago by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for Americans to harass Trump administration officials. She told a group of people that “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” And a far more serious example was the gunman who was so upset at President Trump’s election that he opened fire on Republican members of Congress at a baseball practice a year ago. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was seriously wounded and nearly died. President Reagan – who was badly wounded in an assassination attempt in 1981 […]

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