The answer appears to be “yes”.
The latest round started with a restaurant throwing out the President’s Press Secretary because of who she worked for. Okay, there prerogative. I believe in freedom of association, including the right not to associate with people you don’t want to. And since I actually mean it, that means I agree that it also applies to people I disagree with. Bad business move maybe, but their prerogative.
However, then comes that idiot Maxine Waters (but who’s the more stupid? The idiot in office, or the idiots who keep putting her there?) using this case as some rallying cry, to wit:
“If you think we’re rallying now you ain’t seen nothing yet,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif, told supporters at a rally in Los Angeles over the weekend. “If you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” A video of her remarks was posted on Twitter on Sunday.
Then, of course, there’s protests against actually enforcing our immigration laws. We have Peter Fonda:
Wanna stop this f—ing monster? Really wanna stop this giant asshole?” Fonda asked. “90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND! THESE REPUBLICAN ASSHOLES ARE ALL IN ON IT! THE CHIEF ASSHOLE IS HAPPY WE ARE ALL VERY UPSET. WE HAVE TO GET EVEN MORE ANGRY WITH THESE REPUBLICANS.”
“WE SHOULD HACK THIS SYSTEM, GET THE ADDRESSES OF THE ICE AGENTS CBP AGENTS AND SURROUND THEIR HOMES IN PROTEST. WE SHOULD FIND OUT WHAT SCHOOLS THEIR CHILDREN GO TO AND SURROUND THE SCHOOLS IN PROTEST. THESE AGENTS ARE DOING THIS CUZ THEY WANT TO DO IT. THEY LIKE DOING THIS. F—,” he added in a second tweet.
A third tweet from the actor, posted several minutes later, called for activists to target President Trump‘s youngest son, Barron Trump, who attends a school in nearby Montgomery County, Md., claiming (apparently for effect) that activists should “rip” him from the first lady’s arms and put in “in a cage with pedophiles.”
“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. F—,” he tweeted.
He deleted the second and third of those tweets but the Internet is Forever. Like they used to say about Vegas: What happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet.
We have protesters not just targeting government offices or even places of business, but gathering outside people’s homes.
Protesters gathered outside of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home in Alexandria early Friday morning.
Demonstrators gathered to express their anger with Nielsen and the role they claim she plays in family separations.
Several people stood along the sidewalk near her home with some holding signs. One demonstrator held a sign with Nielsen’s face on it featuring the words “child snatcher.”
If the home was of a black family and the protestors were wearing sheets, would that change your opinion of it?
The problem is, these people have convinced themselves they are “on the side of history”. They are in good company with that. Lenin thought he was on the side of history. Stalin did too. So did Mussolini and Hitler. And let us not forget Mao. All, or at least their ardent followers, thought they were “on the side of history.”
The problem with not only thinking history has a side but that you are on it is that it justifies anything. When your cause is inevitable and you are supremely secure in your rightness, anything you do in that cause is right.
Some of the worst atrocities in history have been committed by people believing they were “on the side of history.” Look at that list of names again.
In a post a few days ago, I described how I thought a future civil war would start. There would be no equivalent to “Lexington” or “Fort Sumter” but it would rather simply start as an increase of politically motivated violence without any distinct starting event. It would only be in retrospect that we’d look back and see that we are in a civil war and had been for some time.
It’s looking very much like we’re in the early stages of that right now. Mostly, it’s just talk, but it’s the kind of talk people use to work themselves up to acting on it. And so the appropriate response to this speech is more speech, speech in opposition.
Because if this keeps on it’s going to get ugly and there will be no winner except death.