Victor Davis Hanson’s latest article and my response to him on this subject:
You say “All Americans need to take a deep breath, step back, and rein in their anger — and find more ways to connect rather than divide themselves.
They should assume their opponents are not all sinners, and that their supporters are not all saints.”
While I agree with your sentiment in general, there comes a time when civility is no longer the correct and proper path. For years, we conservatives have suffered all manner of pejorative discourse from the left. And when I say left, I include the media as well. We have bitten our tongues and shaken our heads, all the while reminding ourselves of the words of Reagan:
“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”
But at some point, a lie repeated takes on a sort of truth in the minds of the ignorant. They are beyond reproach in their assertions. Unflappable when confronted with logical thought and analysis. To engage a leftist in any way leads to the inevitable…a discussion of politics. Because everything has become political to the left. We are dragged to it in all manner of situation. Even a simple pizza shop or a small cake bakery aren’t immune to the social justice discussions of the day.
This bombardment has reached epic proportion with the advancement of Social Media and I fear there is no going back. It is the left that has taken us down the road with their anger and violence. Despite what they say, we as conservatives have shown great restraint. Well, the time for that is over. A silent coup (not so silent anymore) has started. We fight for our Country, our Constitution and our Liberty.
Your call to step back and rein in our anger is indeed a noble call. However, it is not the Right that need to do so, we have. And when the Left show no capability to this, we must assert ourselves in much the same way. Because the left never stops. Thomas Jefferson said: “It is in the natural course of events that liberty recedes and government grows.” And in much the same way, liberty naturally yields to socialism.
I say it’s time to STOP.