Personal Harassment Is Spiraling Out of Control

There are times when you feel like you have to write obvious things. Here’s one: Both sides of the political spectrum should loudly and unequivocally condemn stalking and harassment of elected officials and private citizens.  

Here’s another: Both sides of the political spectrum should support police protection for threatened citizens and vigorous prosecution of unlawful threats or attacks. 

And for goodness sakes, can we not first waste time debating “which side is worse” before we set some basic principles and basic parameters? The partisan posture all too often goes something like this: “I will take you seriously only so long as you acknowledge that my side is mostly right, and the other side is mostly wrong.”

How about this: Let’s call out, condemn, and prosecute (if appropriate) threats and harassment whenever they occur, wherever they occur, and then make partisan judgments accordingly. It is not hard one day to condemn arguments like this:

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