The haunting events of last Saturday indicate that there is a tremendous amount of hatred and bitterness about the past, surrounding Charlottesville, and concerning the way forward from here. And trying to lump one political party with all the blame will do little to quell the emotionally charged climate. We certainly can’t erase the past with its dark pastels, nor should we. Let us learn from the halls of history, but not live in those same halls, as some would have us do. Further, let us be weary of those, like the media and expedient politicians, who exploit this tragedy for their own evil purposes and the sake of personal gain.
Note: As a postscript to this article, I came across a headline today that highlights the real meaning of the oft used term "alt-right". It is a term coined by Richard Spencer who leads a white nationalist socialist supremacist group. His use of the term means "alternative to the right", which underscores the arguments above that the white supremacists have far more in common with left-wing ideology and thinking than they do with those on the right. Spencer admits that he is a socialist, abortionist, and white supremacist. His goal is to hijack the Republican Party and morph it into his way of thinking. For this reason, he has been reviled and rejected by the right even though he insists on hitching his wagon to the right-wing train.