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Letter to the editor: A country divided - from the top down

A nation mourns, while its president goes golfing and tweeting.

One of my dear family relatives recently wrote me that she felt overwhelmingly dismayed that "one man could destroy so much good."

Another relative, by contrast, wrote to me that he believed one of my internet news sites, recognized for its critical-minded journalism, is "just another Lefty hate site."

So much for family unity in times of strife. Good guys and villains. Cowards and heroes. Under a constant barrage from fakers posing as truthsayers, it's hard to tell the difference anymore.

American war hero, accomplished statesman, esteemed colleague from both sides of the Senate aisle and beloved family man John McCain was eulogized at his memorial service by his daughter, who defiantly said, in John McCain's view: "America was always great."

A local columnist, Pete Abler, recently wrote that being a great parent means always striving to excel with civility in setting examples of behavior, even when confronted with bombastic, vulgar, inflammatory, degrading, hateful or hostile rhetoric from others. The mirror has two faces - where are such examples taught most visibly: in the bedroom of a child, or from the Oval Office?

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders once explained the president's oft-characterized, acidic crassness and uncivil conversations as simply fighting "fire with fire."

However, it should come as no shock that one of the president's political affiliates, Sen. Lindsey Graham, when asked about the president's hostile, demeaning words for Sen. John McCain, before, during and after his death spiral, remarked, "It (expletive)'s me off to no end."

As well it should. The day we all lie down as passive little puppies around the foot of an illegitimate master's bed at nighttime is the time we all go to sleep forever as a nation once embracing moral rectitude.

Steven Olson,