A caravan by any other name is invasion

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For the second time this year, a caravan of people is headed toward the southern U.S. border, and the country has pitched camps on each side of this issue.

Frankly, I’m not sure why it’s become an issue in our election, but there’s an old saying — never let a good tragedy go to waste.

On one side, there’s the “let’s show compassion and take care of them” “open borders” group, and on the other, there’s the “shut them down and turn them around” “protect the nation” group.

There never seems to be a side anymore, though, where we meet in the middle and find a real solution. As I’ve said before, each side has decided that there’s the right way and the evil way.

Anyone who thinks about this for a little while might come up with a novel solution, but it’s easier in this climate to just scream and holler.

Still, there’s a horde coming. So what do we do?

That question is rather rhetorical, in that I don’t have an answer. But I lament the fact that the plight of a bunch of people is used as political capital by a people — us — that supposedly is proud of our philanthropy.

Another example of this: the 12 “bombs” being delivered to Democrats and/or critics of President Trump.

Before an investigation, before any shred of evidence was found, there again cropped up two camps: Those who believed that the bombs were sent by Democrats to raise sympathy for Democratic candidates, and those who believe that Trump was in some way responsible for this.

Alas, no middle ground here.

This rush to judgment served no purpose here other than to incite more anger and righteous indignation. It certainly didn’t produce a suspect, or an arrest, or a motive, or anything. It probably didn’t even produce a plausible theory.

Now that he’s arrested, he’s being called the MAGAbomber because of his political affiliation. This again serves only to strengthen the division this country has in its political discourse.

More than ever, and particularly because it’s the election season, there needs to be some rational thought put in before a judgment is made. Further, there needs to be some rational thought put in before we make asses of ourselves with words, that once said, cannot be retrieved.

And even further, the majority of people who are perpetrating verbal and physical attacks need to become adults. It’s long past time to behave in a child-like manner in reaction to disappointing news.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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