Wednesday, June 14, 2017
IFI Staff
A Time for Unity


“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”


Those were among the first words spoken by House Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday morning following the horrific attack at a practice for this Thursday’s Congressional charity baseball game.


Paul Ryan’s statement produced an outcome rarely seen in the Capitol chambers – applause from both sides of the aisle. It was, in fact, one of the first times since the election of Donald Trump that both Republicans and Democrats were unified for any reason. In a season of bitter, bitter partisanship, both sides were reminded of two undeniable truths, even if only for a few moments:


First, that there are moments in life that transcend politics; and second, that every member of Congress serves under the same banner and with the same mission: to protect, defend, and care for the great nation we’re all blessed to live in.


It would be very easy for conservatives to politicize this shooting – to hang on the fact that the shooter disliked Republican officials and policies. It would be easy to blame the media for its efforts to undermine authority, or past elected officials for sowing seeds of division in our ranks.


But let’s not.


Instead, let’s acknowledge the fact that evil exists in our world, and do what we can to root it out. Let’s allow this day to serve as a reminder that our political differences do not have to extend into every corner of our lives. And most importantly, let’s remember that, regardless of where you stand on policies, we’re all Americans, and at the end of the day, we should all care for each other.


That passion and compassion is what makes us American.


We’re praying for a swift recovery for all five victims, and for the families of those affected, including the family of the individual responsible for this horrible act of violence.


Even if it’s just for a few days, let’s stand together and remember what that feels like.




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