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Is this normal now?

October 29, 2018

This political “incivility” did not start with President Trump, although it is a fact that he certainly can and does keep it going.

For instance, many of us found former President Obama’s covert racism and open contempt for the people “…clinging to their guns and Bibles” anything but civil, and still do.

That said, at least President Trump had the grace to condemn the Pittsburgh shooting and the person sending bombs around the country.

His opponents didn’t skip a beat, blaming Republicans in general and the President in particular right out of the gate.

Even HRC, with her usual tact, made it clear that until her side was back in power, incivility would be the order of the day.

In other words, this may be something we just have to learn to deal with.

That makes it even more important for people to “say something” when they see someone going off the deep end.

Someone saw the Pittsburgh murderer’s rants. The problem is,  the people who would follow him online might well tend to be of his stripe, and he was on a platform most of us don’t use.

As daunting as the task might be, that might require law enforcement to spend more time searching for these crazies online.

We also have to get over the idea that hate speech and free speech should be equally protected.

Threatening people with genocide or bodily harm should not enjoy the same protections, and that may require us to more clearly define the definition of hate speech, from a law enforcement perspective.

Hopefully the actions of these two dirtbags will not spawn copycats, but again, if you see or hear something, say something. The life you save might be your own.

 

From → op-ed

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