Things have been pretty contentious these days, and our former President, Bill Clinton, doesn't like what he's hearing:
Criticism is part of the lifeblood of democracy. No one is right all the time. But we should remember that there is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who enforce our laws.
We are again dealing with difficulties in a contentious, partisan time. We are more connected than ever before, more able to spread our ideas and beliefs, our anger and fears. As we exercise the right to advocate our views, and as we animate our supporters, we must all assume responsibility for our words and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber and reach those both serious and delirious, connected and unhinged.
I might suggest that the former President's criticisms seem a bit, well, unhinged, but that would be churlish. After all, he's got a point. Things can get out of hand sometimes. And President Obama has had to deal with some tough heckling lately.