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Ax Attack on Hoeven Office Is What We Get When We Condone Political Violence



MINOT, N.D. — Very few topics in the world of politics actually pit good versus evil.

Absolutism may make for solid, retweet-worthy hot takes or a nice rant on cable news, but there are very few absolutes to be found when it comes to actual policymaking.

The good guys versus bad guys stuff is great for clicks and ratings and political rallies and absolutely detrimental to sound policymaking.

That good versus evil rhetoric, fomented by those who benefit from strife (mostly the politicians and the activists and certain elements in the national news media), permeates our country’s discourse, is why our political leaders govern so little.

It’s also why, increasingly, some have taken to justifying political violence.