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It’s never all one political party’s fault

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 1:15 a.m.CST

I was trying to reason out why Mr. Wasso [“Leadership not seen in Republicans,” The Reader’s Voice, Jan. 17] blamed the Republican Party for all the ills besetting the nation.

I then recalled a conversation I had in 1968 with Bill in Springfield. I had broached the subject of the riots that occurred after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

He proffered his opinion that it was all the fault of the Republican Party.

I pointed out that President Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat, Congress was controlled by Democrats; the governor, Sam Shapiro, who replaced Otto Kerner, was a Democrat; Mayor Daley was a Democrat; the city council was all Democrat. According to voter demographics, the rioters were all Democrats.

Why was it the fault of Republicans?

His answer was laced with bile as he shouted that “Lincoln freed the slaves.” I then realized the futility of arguing with such insight and clarity of thought.

Whenever I hear that everything is all the fault of one party, that opinion echoes in my memory.

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