November 5, 2010 1:53 AM

Commentary: Can we all at least try to get along?

Can we all get along? The words are, of course, Rodney King's, spoken eighteen years ago as rioters burned the city of Los Angeles in his name. Eighteen years later, as a grueling election caps a long national temper tantrum, King's question feels freshly poignant. We have seen windows smashed, assault weapons at presidential speeches, shouting matches at town hall meetings, death threats against the president's kids, outbursts in the very halls of Congress, and brother can you spare a dime, 'cause jobs are hard to find. Meanwhile, the chattering heads on a certain cable news outlet chanted a litany of fears like some perverse echo of Dorothy on the road to Oz -- Mexicans, Muslims and gays, oh my!

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