Recently we have had the following:
“What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this. And we’re not afraid of the popular outcry, we’re energized by it and that’s going to help us do our job and do it better.” former VP Candidate Tim Kaine on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
Fight in the streets? Really. Can Mr. Kaine explain how that doesn’t mean exactly what it sounds like?
On Facebook we had:
“White women should be hunted and killed. That way we won’t get white babies who think they own the world!” Laura M. Zanders
Now, ordinarily this would be just an idiot venting except the post was reported to FaceBook which came back that nope, this recommendation to hunt and kill white women did not violate “community standards.” Perfectly fine.
Then there’s this gem from Former Presidential Candidate, Senator, and First Lady, Hillary Clinton:
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” she said. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”
She’s saying that they can only be civil once they are in power? Would she be bothered if I pointed out that since she personally as well as her party wants to destroy what I stand for and what I care about (individual liberty, limited government, and rule of law–what were classically considered liberal values before big government, central planning, micromanagement of the individual, and out and out socialism appropriated the term “liberal”) there’s no expectation for me to be civil to them.
She reminds me of another quote: “We shall only talk of peace once we have won the war.”
The writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tweeted:
Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life.
This is justified because we’re supposed to “believe” a woman who changed her story repeatedly, whose every word that could be and was verified proved to be false, and whose own named witnesses denied her claims (and she was the most credible of the various accusers; the whole thing was a sham). But people with actual evidence, police reports, and bona fide witnesses who supported their story are to be dismissed. “Believe all women” apparently means “believe women when it is politically convenient for Democrats”, no more, and no less.
Or how about this Ole Miss professor, JT Thomas (who, admittedly, appears to be a little incoherent):
Don’t just interrupt their meals, y’all. Put your whole damn fingers in their salads. Take their apps and distribute them to other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out.
They don’t deserve civility.
A university professor, tasked with educating the next generation of society. Is that what he’s “teaching”?
We also have Antifa taking over the streets in very liberal Portland, OR and the police just letting them.
And on and on and on. Ever since November 6, 2016, leftist groups have been engaging in increasing levels of violence and intimidation. And we’ve had people in power and influence cheering and encouraging the harassment of others because they believe differently.
Well, have these people ever given a moment’s consideration to just how dangerous those of us of a conservative or libertarian bent will be once we are convinced to play by their rules? Yes, there are leftists with guns. But most of the gun owners are in those conservative or libertarian groups. More than twenty million military veterans in the civilian population. That’s ten times more than the combined manning of both the miltiary and all federal, state, and local police in the nation. Sure, some of them will support the neo-socialists but most won’t.
I have argued in the past that a civil war in the US would be ugly, with no winners. (Examples here and here, And there’s this to show why it wouldn’t be as one sided as you might think; and that’s assuming you actually get the military on your side.)
So, I ask again, have you really thought how dangerous the other sides (there are, after all, more than one) will be once you push them to the point where they start playing by your rules?
And are you really ready for that?