Rage about Obama, Congress, health care, and taxes is on the rise, but hatred threatens our core American principles.
Hate is on the rise in America.
Recently 10 members of a Midwest militia group were arrested for allegedly planning acts of domestic terrorism. One of their plans called for the murder of a police officer and the bombing of scores more at the victim’s funeral.
According to Mark Potok, who monitors hate group activity for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of vigilante, hate, and paramilitary groups in the United States increased dramatically in the past year. In fact, the center reports 369 new hate groups in the US since President Obama took office.
When hatred becomes a political value, disagreement can be used to justify violence. We witnessed this stark fact on Sept. 11, 2001, and on April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City.
The passage of healthcare legislation has fueled new hatred and unchecked anger has caused hate violence to enter the American mainstream. The offices of members of Congress have been attacked, and their personal property has been vandalized.
The recent violence against members of Congress came from people who were unable to manage their anger over healthcare legislation. Anger is a natural human emotion. However, when anger is experienced, it must be dealt with and managed. Left unchecked, anger can lead to hatred, and, ultimately, violence.