Today marks a dark time in our Nation’s history. As has been widely reported in news media, some psychologically imbalanced person mailed items that at first look and after more investigations [apparently] are, or were designed to replicate, explosive devices to former President Barack Obama’s residence, former President Bill Clinton & Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, former CIA director John Brennan and Robert De Niro.
Let me be abundantly clear to this point. I in no way whatsoever condone any form of violence or rhetoric of violence, in any form, for any reason (other than self defense.) And especially not when it concerns political views. That is not what we are as United States Citizens. That is not what America stands for, nor has it ever been. We are a nation built on Democracy, not intimidation. We are a nation built on dialogue, and yes, disagreeing views, but solve that using dialogue and our fundamental right to vote.
Countries such as the socialist Nazi Germany, the communist Russia and the comunist USSR before them, socialist North Korea, China, socialist Venezuala, are examples of countries that use or used intimidation to change election outcomes. We are none of those. We are a Republic. Built on the vision and principles of freedom of speech (all speech, whether it may offend or not), freedom of expression (again, whether it offends or not), freedom of Religion. Freedom to vote for candidates that we believe in, without fear of retribution – from citizens or the government.
No matter how much I may disagree in thought or in politics with the aforementioned persons, the use of anything other than dialogue is abhorent. I have been very critical of their policies. However, the way to solve that is to vote. Sometimes you (your candidate) wins, sometimes they do not. But, as a citizen of the United States, you understand that. And you move on. Sending threatening packages is not, and never will be the answer. And should not, will not, and cannot ever be condoned.
Some in political circles and in the “main stream media” have, unfortunately, taken the opportunity to run campaigns of smear. I have never been in that situation, and if I were, would like to believe that my first impulse would not to be to outright blame someone that I disagree with, solely because I disagree with them. Such was done by Mr. Brennan as reported by ABC News, “Rather than promote civil discourse, Trump instead “fuels these feelings and sentiments that now are bleeding over into potential acts of violence,” Brennan said. “Unfortunately, I think Donald Trump, too often, has helped to incite some of these feelings of anger, if not violence, when he points to acts of violence or also talks about, you know, swinging at somebody from the press or the media,” Brennan said.
Even Mrs. Clinton did not go there. She admitted to “deep divides” in our nation, and she is correct. You have violent factions of the left, Antifa, Hollywood, that aim to do whatever it takes to “overthrow” Donald Trump (as Rosie Odonnell pressed for on MSNBC) with no condemnation whatsoever from MSNBC, CNN or even the Associated Press. In fact, all of the so-called “journalists” or “analysts” just laughed hysterically when she said that. Do they understand the actual danger in what she said? She is for imposing martial law, and having our military remove someone from office because she does not share the same views. That’s disturbing. It’s further disturbing that not one person from MSNBC spoke against that.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a statement saying, “However, President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.” Interestingly, he left out the same request of former Attorney General Eric Holder, when he stated, “when they go low, we kick them!” as the audiance cheered and laughed. Hillary Clinton was not condemned by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer when she declared that it is impossible to be civil with a party that “wants to destroy what you stand for.”
Mr. Schumer even did not ask Ms. Pelosi to recend her belief that if there is some “collateral damage to those that don’t share our views, so be it.”
We did not see condemnation from Ms. Pelosi or Mr. Schumer when Robert De Niro said, “F*CK YOU!” to a sitting U.S. President. Were they laughing? Maybe. We did not see condemnation from Ms. Pelosi or Mr. Schumer or CNN when CNN’s New Year’s Eve mainstay and f-lister Kathy Griffin posted a very disturbing picture of a decapitated head, purposefully making it to resemble Mr. Trump.
We have not seen condemnation from Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer when Antifa breaks into buildings, spray paints it and leaves threatening notes. Nor when antifa walks down the street with masks on burning cars, destroying public and private property, and assaulting others.
Nor have we seen Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer condemn liberal rioters attacking and beating women at marches. Or when a man is bullied for wearing a hat.
I condemn these acts. Wholeheartedly and unequivocally. But do liberal politicians? They have not shown it when it comes to their own followers. And they have not shown it with their own rhetoric and calls for incivility, violence and bullying. People are listening. People are seeing. And, unfortunately, people are acting on it. We all must come together to stop the political violent rhetoric.
Real leaders stand up and condemn. I have not seen leadership in Ms. Pelosi or Mr. Schumer in more than eight years. It’s time to stand up and lead. Come together. Condemn the violence, from your own party. Condemn the hatred and rhetoric from your peers and your followers. Mr. Trump has. And you both called it “hollow.” But at least he did.