The June 28 letter “Leftist Democrats hold a liability to violence” laid the cause of seemingly all of our nation’s current challenges at the feet of those who dared disagree with it. In the author’s own words, “…it’s you that are the problem.”
The polemic, condescending tone of the letter is not surprising. After all, we live in an age where citizens in public office routinely say far worse. Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina is quoted last November as follows: “… nothing made me feel better than seeing a magazine about rifles with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it. I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn’t have a bulls-eye on it.”
In May, the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, joked about shooting journalists while visiting a gun range. He held up a bullet-riddled target and said, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters.”
As the current president of the United States awaits impeachment, there are so many bizarre statements from him that we can reflect upon. From January 2016: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” Over this July 4 weekend he tweeted out a video of him punching the CNN logo.
There have been numerous incidents of journalists being verbally targeted by supporters of conservative candidates and sometimes the candidate (Trump) himself.
I would ask conservatives to make an effort to pay attention to the violent rhetoric that emanates from the conservative spectrum of our politics. If they do and if they demand better from those whose candidacies and policies they support, we might all be better off. Yes, that goes for us liberals also.