Is there any place left in this world that has an ounce of sanity left to it? Someplace where people think before they speak, or tweet? Somewhere that has a majority of the populace whose minds are open to varying and disparate views, that don’t always coincide with theirs, and can accept the thoughts and opinions of others? It doesn’t have to be a utopia, because I am not so naïve as to think that there is a land of sunshine, daisies, and unicorns feasting on clouds of cotton candy; but there has to be someplace in this world that isn’t so divided amongst itself based on political, racial, socio-economic, or any other issue that serves to divide people, to where spurts of vitriolic hatred are shot at anyone who doesn’t believe, or agree with whatever little faction they belong to.
I ask all of this because according to this article, which is from a definitely biased online newspaper, has included a list of tweets from various people advocating and avowing the assassination of Mitt Romney, should he become President of the United States. I find that completely reprehensible, and I say that as someone who is not a fan or supporter of Mr. Romney. That’s right, I am not going to vote for him, I take some umbrage with his stance on a great many issues, but I DO NOT wish him dead.
Quite honestly those who are tweeting all of their intent to kill are not doing the guy that they support any favors; that guy being President Obama – who I also do not support, and I am not voting for. How can someone who might be on the fence, with regards to whom they are going to cast their vote for, wish to associate themselves; however remotely; with people who are publicly announcing their wish to kill someone, simply because that someone has differing political views? That is not the kind of country I wish to live in. Just an FYI, there are several historical instances where people were killed for not agreeing politically with the current regimes. They were/are Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Communist China, North Korea, Pinochet’s Chile, Franco’s Spain, Castro’s Cuba, and many more. None of those were joyous places to live. So, if that is the kind of place America is going to become you can count me out; I will find a more friendly place to live.
Sadly though I have yet to hear from any of the mainstream media about those and their wish/want to kill anyone, and especially a Presidential candidate; maybe Fox News might have touched upon it at some point or another, but regardless, this is the kind of vitriol that I find quite frightening. What did make the news though is this article about Mitt’s son Tagg jokingly saying that he wanted to take a swing at President Obama over him (Obama) calling Mitt a liar. The article does explain that Tag was joking, and that he obviously knows better than even attempting to throw a punch at the President; not just because of the Secret Service protection, but because he knows it is also the wrong thing to do and he understands that the lying accusations are a “part of the process.” Tagg was simply stating, rather clumsily, his desire to defend his father.
Trust me I am not condoning the use of violence in any way, shape, or form against someone who has a differing view than you, or might call you or a loved one a liar; but why is one of these deserving of a national news story and the other essentially ignored? You may not like Mitt Romney, and thusly not vote for him, but if you are even remotely civilized, and possess even an inkling of respectability in your bones then I would hope that you would find those who are openly calling for his death are far more dangerous than Mitt’s son saying that he FELT like punching President Obama, but he knew better not too. In the first article those individuals are beyond being reasonable, in the second article Tag actually goes through a reasoning process.
We really need to address this level of hatred percolating beneath our nation’s surface before it leads to more mass shootings or some other violent outburst, which would then lead to more draconian laws, which then extinguishes the torch of liberty (freedom) that we claim to hold so dear. We are already on the path towards a decidedly less free country and our two illustrious political parties are the ones who are leading the way, with the mainstream media apparently holding the map. You can decide for yourself which party uses the most divisive language and scare tactics, quite honestly I really don’t care which is considered worse; the fact that both participate in trying to divide people and raise people’s anger levels to the point of hate is enough for me to disassociate with either the red or blue camps. It is this want to divide us and have these “you’re either with us or against us” mentalities that led me to the Libertarian Party. It is the only political party I can think of that espouses the acceptance of others opinions, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, income, race, etc. etc. The only caveat to all of that acceptance is that it all comes with the expectation that others do not attempt to force any of their opinions, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race, income, etc. etc. upon those who do not share them. It is the only political party that I can think of which believes that each individual is themselves sovereign, again with the absence of trying to force your wills, wants, and actions upon another. Basically it is the only political party that doesn’t wish to divide people into factions and then play them against one another as is the current situation.
It is just too bad that too many people purposefully lodge themselves into one faction or another that, for all intents and purposes, openly espouses how they wish to control others, and in the case of the first article, this leads to such blind allegiance as to wish to kill another human being, simply because you don’t like their politics. This is as startling as it is dangerous for the continuance of any country which proclaims to be a champion for freedom. Again, if this is the kind of America that the majority wants then good luck with that, because I cannot, in good conscience, be a party to whatever little land of intolerance America becomes, regardless of whether it is the red or the blue camp who wins out; because in either instance there can only be losers.
A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends. (Henry A. Wallace)