WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Has there ever been a time like this?

    Is it just me? or has our country gotten more hateful and divided? It seems our political candidates, of all stripes, are bringing out the worse in some people. I am not sure why there is so much hate coming to the surface this year. But I think I know what most of it comes from. Number one is negative campaign advertising. Some of it is all out lies, while some of it is items that have no explanation or things that are taken out of context. Another thing is our all knowing, all telling internet, from emails to tweets and who knows what else. All it takes is one piece of false or misleading information to go viral in no time and once itís out there it is impossible to correct.

    Despite all that things have definitely taken a turn for the worse. Over the weekend one of the Republican county headquarters in Hillsbourough, North Carolina, was fire bombed and vulgar graffiti was printed on a nearby building. In Kansas three white men were taken into custody for planning a bombing of a housing complex of mostly Muslim people. They were allegedly closely prepared to execute their plan, by the FBI. So if you are worried about Muslim extremists in the U.S. ó look around, the terrorist you see might be in your white Christian neighbor.

    These acts of domestic terror are not what I see this country is all about, and we should denounce those politicians or anyone else who is supporting these terroristic views. This is not what America is all about. We need to stand up to all forms of terrorism, including domestic terrorism in some of our familyís.

    The good news is that most of us are generally against these terrible acts and should be willing  to denounce them.

    Sunday morning on CBS Sunday Morning there  was a story about a black woman from Cleveland who had gone to visit relatives in Virginia. When she was returning, this woman who had hardly ever been very far away from her home became hopelessly lost. She went into a convenience store and desperately asked if anyone could help her to find her way to Cleveland?

    She was then approached by a middle aged (white) man who offered to help her to find her way to get home. He then told her she should follow him, and he drove 35 miles out of his way to get her to the interstate that would take her back to Cleveland. At any rate she found  her way home. One  day when she was in her church this man travelled to Cleveland and found her at her church to see how she was doing. When the lady saw him she was overwhelmed and gave him a big hug.

    I guess it goes to show that down deep inside we all are the same color, we all put our pants on  one leg at  a time, we all want to live together in harmony. You donít have to drive to Cleveland to take time to offer at least a smile when we meet someone on the street, or help someone who is struggling with little kids and carrying groceries or whatever. We are all responsible to make our country as great as it can be.

Have a great week and do good!