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Letter: Historic cultural battle raging in U.S.

To the editor, Cultural civility and decorum within our culture has devolved since the election of President Trump, at a breathtaking clip. Suggestions for Trump's assassination include a live, on-stage portrayal. Frightening for its rancor and g...

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To the editor,

Cultural civility and decorum within our culture has devolved since the election of President Trump, at a breathtaking clip.

Suggestions for Trump's assassination include a live, on-stage portrayal. Frightening for its rancor and graphic depiction, the political left applauds the effort. Additionally, the fake image of a bloody, severed Trump head has become symbolic for ongoing political depravity.

Sympathetic news media continue to sustain a daily serving of "breaking" news stories based on false information, erroneous leaks, unsubstantiated innuendo and partisan spin. For the Washington Post and New York Times, objectivity and facts be damned.

In response, esteemed liberal law professor and orthodox constitutionalist Alan Dershowitz has repeatedly and clearly stated that there are no crimes to investigate, triggering frustration, anger and salacious comparatives.

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By leaking false information and narratives to complicit news media, partisan public servants within federal government appear to have a clear motivation: bring down a sitting president and sink the policies they oppose.

On a broader scale, respectful disagreement has morphed into rationalized political insurgency.

The art and gift of civil debate and constructive dialogue seems lost in oratorical spasms of contempt, loathing and obscene hate. Use of the "F" bomb has become the new norm; from a would-be assassin's social media page to public speeches by a sitting U.S. senator from New York.

Once shared common threads of American society are fewer. The strands that do exist appear thinner and susceptible to the shifting winds of pop culture, individualism and political expediency. Human life's once intrinsic value has been reduced to arbitrary status, situational ethics and political justification worthy of disposal or assassination.

It's been suggested that Americans are witnessing a historic cultural battle.

As events unfold, that theory is gaining substantial traction.

R.J. Ogaard

Crookston

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