From USA Today comes a story of amazing hatred, even by political standards. A member of the Republican National Committee retweeted a news story that wished death on Senator John McCain.
The original tweet “Please Just F—— Die Already,” was posted on Monday by Caitlin Johnstone, who calls herself a “rogue journalist” and an “anti-establishment lefty writer.”
In the original post, Johnstone wrote, “If you’re waiting for the part where I say I’m just kidding and would never wish death on anybody, please allow me to make myself clear: I sincerely, genuinely hope that Arizona Senator John McCain’s heart stops beating, and that he is subsequently declared dead by qualified medical professionals very soon“.
Then, Republican Diana Orrock from Nevada reposted it. She ultimately deleted it, but never apologized for it. All this occurred while McCain was having surgery for a blood clot behind his eye. Curious angry timing!
On almost any day, I can pick up my Facebook newsfeed and see mean postings from one or more Facebook friends. Thankfully, they are not directed at me. Usually, they have some political leaning or are forwarding some news story.
Sometimes, the news stories are enough to make me laugh out loud because they are so obviously fake news. Although, maybe the poster does really believe that the Clintons are still working to have people killed, or that Donald Trump really is from Mars. Hard to tell.
Fortunately, there are also those who regularly post words of encouragement. And, they make me feel good.
I regularly receive emails that advertise seminars on legal or business topics. But, I never see a seminar or class on how to be kind. Not a lot of that in my email in-box. The Bible reminds in I Corinthians 13:4 that, “Love suffereth long and is kind“.
I admit that in my work, I am called upon to be adversarial. Sometimes, I find it difficult to be kind. I don’t admit that with a good feeling.
In the middle of an argument, I would be well served to remember the sound advice from Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger”.