A couple of recent news stories really had me thinking about a rather troubling trend that is going on in our present society. Yesterday, a crazy and obviously very evil man entered a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed several members who were just innocent worshippers exercising their freedom of religion and worship. The day before, a man was arrested for sending bombs in the mail to several political figures who are huge critics of President Trump. What is the one common denominator of all these acts? It is pure hate and evil. And let us not forget the man who shot several Republican members of Congress during a softball practice. Or those who feel the need to enter a restaurant and harass political members who they strongly disagree with on issues. It seems that they events are becoming more and more common in our society with no end in sight. I dread to think what these acts of violence may eventually lead to. It is indeed a very troubling trend that must be stopped.
Committing acts of violence against people who worship or follow a particular faith such as those 11 poor souls in the Pittsburgh synagogue is just plain evil and totally wrong. People who attend the many worship services in this country are among the finest people we have living in the United States. They mean absolutely no harm whatsoever on anyone. Some are already calling out for forgiveness for this shooter. Isn’t that something that a group of people would call out for forgiveness to a person with such an evil heart? Maybe we can all learn something from that. I fully understand that many folks have a problem with people who practice a particular faith and religion. There are a number of atheists who would like nothing more than to shut down all churches. I don’t see what good that would exactly accomplish.
The growing trend of political violence is nothing new and seems to be really taking off right now. If you are going to blame President Trump for this violence, please do not stop at him. Also consider some of the statements of the previous President along with several Democratic lawmakers and a former Attorney General. I find it very disturbing that some of these leaders would say some of the things that they say. Their words and statements only ignite the fuel that spreads the violence. I would hold any individual in high praise, Republican or Democrat for speaking out and saying we need to respect the values and thoughts of the other side.
The growth of social media has really spread a lot of this hatred as well. I personally have stopped using Twitter because of the lies and hatred on that site. It is nearly impossible to hold an intelligent discussion with anyone on that site. And of course let’s not forget Facebook. How many of you have wanted to punch someone after reading some political post that you disagree with? These sites have really raised the level of hate and division among people.
Nobody will ever totally agree with your views on politics and religion. Let’s remember that we probably have much more in common that many people think. Using violence and harassment as a way to prove your point will never work. That is never and will never be the American way. We get rid of politicians we disagree with by articulating better ideas and by voting them out. Political violence is just something for desperate supporters who cannot fall back on ideas. Sadly, political and religious violence seems to be a growing trend in today’s society. Can we all just be respectful and kind towards others for a change and work together to make America a better country? I do not view people with different ideas or beliefs than mine as evil. And neither should you.
A couple of news clips really caught my attention this week. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on some news show and was asked about the current uncivil nature of politics in this country. Clinton explained to the interviewer that it is impossible to be civil when you have people trying to take away what you strongly believe in. Another clip involved former Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder brought up a quote from former first lady, Michelle Obama. She said ” If they (political opponents) go low, we go high”. Holder rephrased to quote to say “No, if they go low, we kick them!” So there you have it. That is all you need to know about the attitude of many politicians regarding staying somewhat civil in today’s political climate. Forget about winning over people by articulating your ideas better than your opponents by using facts and past history. No, that is simply not good enough. You need to harass them at every opportunity. Even former President Barack Obama encouraged his disciples to get into the faces of those who disagree with you.
It is extremely unfortunate that politics have now become this. We are now seeing members of Congress and members of the White House staff being harassed in public places by very radical people. Just last month, a member of Team Trump was harassed in a restaurant over Trump’s policies on illegal immigration. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was told to leave a restaurant because she is committing the unforgivable sin of working for President Trump. A congressman was shot during a congressional softball practice by a deranged man who was a harsh opponent of his party. The list goes on and on and these events will probably become more and more common in the upcoming months especially if the Democrats do not get their much promised so-called “Blue Wave”. I am scared to death that these little acts will lead to something far greater, like assassination attempts. Something has to be done quickly before it is too late. It is rapidly getting out of control.
I know many people, especially many leftists, probably feel that these means of intimidation will result in more votes and greater power. If they feel that way, they are sadly mistaken. Harassing people in these examples is just pure and simply rude and classless. If you want your beloved people to win elections, articulate in great detail and truthfully why their policies will help the people in this country. Spend time campaigning in all areas of the country to get your message out. Explain why your policies are so much better than your opponents. The voters are willing to listen. It is as simple as that. Maybe these acts of rudeness and mob mentality are acts of desperation by angry people who have no decent or reasonable plans to fall back on.
As a voter, I am very turned off by bully politics. It has no place or time in this country. People should learn to respect the views and ideas of their opponents and give them an opportunity to express those views instead of shouting them down. Are there any members of the Democratic party who are willing to take a stance and condemn these sick acts? I would be very disgusted if some member of a party who I supported did some of these same things. Can we PLEASE have a little civility in politics? Is that too much to ask?