There’s something seriously wrong with this country. It’s a disease – a slowly creeping mold that is permeating our culture, sprouting its foul spores in our universities, in our political processes, and in our elections. The Trump phenomenon is a symptom. The disease has much deeper roots, but we can see its foul manifestations germinating everywhere.
The other day it was leftist savages using threats and intimidation to shut down a Trump rally. They didn’t use their right to protest in a constructive matter. Their goal was to silence their opponents. They succeeded, and now they’re planning more.
Angry voters are gravitating to the loudest, craziest among the candidates on both sides. They don’t care about policies. They don’t care about economics. They don’t care about reading and facts. They are simply choosing the most non-establishment, loudest candidate they can find and lining up behind them like starving proletarians in a Soviet bread line, hungry for a crumb that’s not status quo.
Campaigns abusing and assaulting reporters whom they believe to be adversarial to their candidate.
Media in the pockets of corrupt politicians, doing their bidding and lying about it.
It’s fandoms quashing works from authors who don’t conform to the political messaging of the day.
Instead of discussing or debating, we intimidate and silence.
Instead of learning and researching, we post political memes and hoaxes as if they were facts.
The first time a Trump campaign sign disappeared from her yard, Judy Beaty figured it must have blown away in the wind. But then two more signs went missing overnight. And when Beaty went outside to investigate the next morning, she saw that someone had vandalized her Northern Virginia home.
Messages were scrawled in black spray paint on two sides of her Gainesville house: “Can you see the new world through the tear gas,” said one. “Revolution,” said the other.
Beaty, 69, discovered the graffiti on Wednesday morning and reported it to Prince William County police. Since then, she has had trouble sleeping. “I don’t feel safe here anymore. I feel like I’ve been violated,” she said.
What kind of “people” vandalize others’ property because they disagree with their political views?
What kind of filth would try to intimidate an elderly woman because she happens to support an unsavory candidate for President?
This is what we’ve come to. Fist fights, gun shots, defacement of private property, threats, and coercion.
The more you abuse Trump supporters, the more sympathetic they (and he) will be. The more sympathetic they are, the more electable he will become. Instead of silencing your opponents, you will make them louder, more strident, and more violent. And if you think one Trump supporter punching out a protester is bad, wait until you get a mess of them so riled up, they will start a real civil war.
And I’m not so sure you want that.
The more you persecute, revile, and belittle your opponents, the more you threaten and victimize them, the more violent their reactions will be. You try to shut them up, and they will become louder and will take the violence to a new level.
I’m not sure you want that either.