The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy commends the quick work of the FBI, Secret Service, and other law enforcement agencies that resulted in today's arrest of a suspect in the attempted mail bombings of several current and former elected officials and CNN's New York City offices. We are especially glad that no one has been injured by these cowardly acts.
"It is unfortunate that we have witnessed in recent years people on both sides of the partisan aisle who have turned to threats and acts of violence instead of debating ideas," said Sarah Hunt, Rainey Center co-founder and CEO. "This month's attempted mail bombings, last year's shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and other members of the Republican Congressional baseball team, the violence at the rally in Charlottesville, and the constant barrage of ugliness and hatred found on social media form a depressing narrative about a country that seems to be tearing itself apart at the seams."
"However, we firmly believe that America is greater than our partisan politics, and the worst of us do not dim the best possibilities for our country's bright future," said Bishop Garrison, co-founder and President of the Rainey Center. "Important bipartisan work is being done in areas like clean energy, criminal justice reform, education, and national security, at both the state and federal level. We at the Rainey Center are proud to be a part of these vital conversations, and supporting policies that work for all people."
Even in areas where bipartisan consensus is not possible -- currently or perhaps ever -- we would still urge those engaged in such debates to fight their battles with ideas and facts instead of threats and violence. The members of our own board have strongly divergent opinions on a variety of political issues, but we know that in the end, we all want what is best for our fellow Americans. In our hearts, we still see America as the shining city on the hill, a beacon of hope and inspiration for freedom-loving people everywhere."