My partisan reaction to a dreadful event.

The GOP office in Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C. was firebombed on Sunday night.  It was a dreadful and unconscionable attack.

It was not only an attack against a particular office.  It was an attack on Civil Society.

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted the following, and the North Carolina Republicans responded graciously

Early Sunday evening the Clinton campaign tweeted a note of sympathy.
"The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe."
The North Carolina Republican Party tweeted its appreciation in response.
"Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton."
Hillary Clinton's statement and the GOP response are perfect examples of a way in which Civil Society can, should, and must  be created and grown,

This is what Presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted 

Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP
Mr. Trump said this with no clear evidence that " Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina"  had any part in the heinous fire bombing.  It's called "shooting from the hip", and it does nothing to help us create a "more perfect Union", and a more Civil Society.



Democrats in North Carolina were quick in the ball.  They crowd-sourced a fund raiser which raised more than $13,000 to help Orange County Republicans repair their office.

That is gracious and generous.  It is a great example of "reaching across the aisle" with an act of goodwill.


Whatever are the results of the General Election on Nov 8th I pray that Hillary's tweet, and the gracious response of N.C.  Republicans  will be the matrix we use as we strive for a "more perfect Union".

Partisan as I am, I believe that Mr, Trump is more likely to set us at each each other's throats than to bring us together.


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