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.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines tolerance, in part, as “sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own” and “the act of allowing something.” In today’s digital world, one tends to hear “tolerance” thrown around. And typically, it is a liberal that is suggesting that all people should be tolerant. Everyone should show tolerance. And unfortunately, it is often Conservatives that are accused of intolerance. Day in, and day out. All conservatives, lumped into one “basket of deplorables.” It is true that on the fringe far right (although I would not necessarily even consider them on the right) you have nazi-following disillusioned groups. In know way shape or form should there be “tolerance” for them. Especially when they pursue violence.
Probably the most recognizable stories to come out of this week is the removal of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” outlets on Facebook, Apple and YouTube. Twitter has said that his Twitter account would remain, at least for now. CNN supposedly did an “investigative” report on Alex Jones’ InfoWars posts on twitter, and of those posts “investigated” by CNN, according to a spokesperson for Twitter, “seven were found to have violated Twitter’s rules.” CNN further states, “CNN’s investigation found that InfoWars’ and Jones’ Twitter accounts had published content that degraded groups of people on the basis of their religion and gender identity, engaged in the harassment of individuals, glorified violence, and promoted conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings.”