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Friday, August 03, 2018

How to stop political violence

Carlos Bayon received a $601,000 judgment in federal court in 2005 after suing the University of Buffalo. He claimed that unfair treatment from faculty members prevented him from earning a doctorate in anthropology.

Now this one-time doctoral candidate is accused of threatening congressmen.

Police arrested Bayon, 63, of Grand Island, New York, for making death threats against Republican Congressmen Steve Scalise and Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

This comes 14 months after a Democrat shot and severely wounded Scalise in an attempt to assassinate nine Republican congressman as they practiced baseball.

"According to prosecutors, the messages left by Bayon on June 30 stated in part: 'Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere,'" Fox News reported.

"Kennedy said investigators believed the message was related to the ongoing controversy over the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border."

He also left a phone message.

"Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead," according to WKBW-TV in Buffalo.

Bayon did not pick these congressmen randomly.

"Scalise and McMorris are the third and fourth-highest ranking Republicans in the House, behind retiring Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.," Fox News reported.

The last three years have seen an increase in anti-social behavior in politics. The de-humanization of political opponents is on the rise and growing in intensity.

Samantha Bee called the First Daughter a "feckless c***" on a Time-Warner channel. It was scripted and taped. She kept her job. This is acceptable by managers of a company worth $77 billion.

Kathy Griffin was not as lucky after another Time-Warner channel fired her for posing as if she beheaded President Trump. Earlier, she called on "comedians" to attack the president's youngest son, then 11.

Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters encouraged mobs to go after anyone in the Trump administration.

"Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere," she told supporters at a rally.

Later, she cancelled public appearances, claiming she received death threats.

President Trump supporters are suing the San Jose Police Department for failing to protect them from a mob of Democrats as they left a rally for Trump.

"Police reportedly stood by for 90 minutes before they intervened to break up the fights and make arrests," The Hill reported.

I can give many more examples but I prefer to explain the escalation of the political violence and deterioration of political discourse.

Politicians and academics are fueling the rise in fascism. President Obama's frequent cries of "this is not who we are as Americans" were meant to raise the stakes in political disagreements to an unacceptable level.

Decades of lectures by thousands of professors have indoctrinated students into two beliefs. The first is that America is a racist, genocidal nation of ignorant white people. The second is that people credentialed by colleges are above all that and are the moral and intellectual superiors of the mouth-breathing, dental challenged baskets of deplorables, who bitterly cling to their guns and religion.

Peter Beinart of The Atlantic explained this last year.

"For progressives, Donald Trump is not just another Republican president. Seventy-six percent of Democrats, according to a Suffolk poll from last September, consider him a racist. Last March, according to a YouGov survey, 71 percent of Democrats agreed that his campaign contained 'fascist undertones.' All of which raises a question that is likely to bedevil progressives for years to come: If you believe the president of the United States is leading a racist, fascist movement that threatens the rights, if not the lives, of vulnerable minorities, how far are you willing to go to stop it?" Beinart wrote.

Never Trumpers rationalize their turning on conservatism in the name of political principle.

Fascists shut down free speech in the name of hate speech.

Beinart ended his column poignantly.

"Revulsion, fear, and rage are understandable. But one thing is clear. The people preventing Republicans from safely assembling on the streets of Portland, Oregon, may consider themselves fierce opponents of the authoritarianism growing on the American right. In truth, however, they are its unlikeliest allies," Beinart wrote.

I am troubled by the increasing calls from the right to fight fire with fire.

"I pray violence does not erupt in America. But if, God forbid, it does, let’s be clear it was the left that started it, just as surely as the South’s firing at Fort Sumter started the first Civil War," Dennis Prager wrote.

No, let us be clear on this: it does not matter who started it; this is wrong.

The time has come to stop the self-righteousness of political principle (an oxymoron) and replace it with pragmatism. Let us concentrate on what we agree on, and put aside our disagreements. One of the best things about President Trump is he is willing to negotiate any time, anywhere with anyone.

Ozzy Osbourne sang, "Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate."

If a drunk and drugged out rocker gets it, why can't we sober and cerebral people?


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  1. Antfa is a last desperate gasp. They have no back up. Their tantrum is so frenzied at this point they're about to throw up and take a nap.

  2. Cute column, Big D...if you’re a 6th grader. But you did nail the real problem. Things about which we agree. There are none. So much for that.

    “When they kick out your front door
    How you gonna come?
    With your hands on your head
    Or on the trigger of your pgun?

  3. TIME TO lock and load, Don.

    And remember, "He who hesitates is the first to be shot in the head."

    1. Molon labe!

      Yes, locked and loaded; still hoping that the tensions will defuse, but that hope is waning.

      Sadly, the "sober and cerebral people" are only on one side.

  4. If Trump is so racist how come recent polls indicate 25% support among blacks?

    Keep your guns loaded and your powder dry.

  5. Sotero, Hillary Rodham and Bernie Sanders could call off the maniacs but they choose not to. Sad.

    Kathy Griffin was ahead of the times. If she had only pulled her stunt now, she would not have lost her job.

  6. No credibility on this issue until "enemies of the people" comments are condemned.

    America is not "a racist, genocidal nation of ignorant white people". That's a Trump rally.

    1. Anonymous, I refer you to the Peter Beinart quote in the article. "If you believe the president of the United States is leading a racist, fascist movement that threatens the rights, if not the lives, of vulnerable minorities, how far are you willing to go to stop it?"

      So tell us, we'd really like to know.

      - DA

    2. Anon put this in your bong and smoke this:
      Trump is hardly a hateful racist.
      Dare you to comment. NO, I , I,
      Note to certain fans of "A Christmas
      Story," this is a thrown gauntlet..TG

      Correct link.

    4. Putie - I am usually pretty civil with you. But this time you are simply full of shyte!

      I take that back - you are not - because you need to talk and reason out your ass.

    5. How silly. They talked about him being mentally ill for weeks. You expect him not to fight back? This is not the era of George W.

  7. It is hard to know how far the left will go this time. I have always thought they were trying to get Trump assassinated by someone easily influenced to hate his supporters, like say our humorless troll. But maybe they will go further. In the 60s they robbed banks shot cops and kidnapped media children. Now they have morphed into the media itself. The NYT just put a racist hate monger who preaches violence against cops and whites on its editorial board without apology. This is a highly significant step because the NYT sets the tone for all liberal media. There will be blood I have no doubt.
    In theory revolutionary activity has no purchase in a society with economic growth and improving social mobility. But there has also never been one like ours where very rich men have had so much control over information and used it to effect cultural upheavals from which they hope to profit by purchasing political puppets they wish to put in power.
    What stands in their way? Only Trump and A2. I'm with ZR on this.

  8. "...fierce opponents of the authoritarianism growing on the American right..."

    ??? The only worrying authoritarianism I see is all on the Left, where it has nearly always been throughout my lifetime.

    1. Thankfully, the Left has a glass jaw. They can throw a punch, but they can’t take one.

  9. Time was, when young punks had a problem with each other, the response was “gloves on, and into the ring with both of youse!”

    Nothing takes the p*ss and vinegar out of a bully like a good spank in the nose.

  10. "Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters encouraged mobs to go after anyone in the Trump administration."

    Vote in November like the mobs will come for you next.
    Because. They. Will.

  11. The education system has not only failed us, they have turned our children into a Fifth Column. Civil political discourse is dead. Either you're with The Narrative or you're against it. President Trump didn't really exacerbate it so much, he just brought it out into the open. As long as we can keep the Democrats out of the majority it will be a low-level, slow burn. If the Democrats ever regain control of the levers of power and begin enacting the Socialist plans, things will get pretty hot. As of now, nobody is disenfranchised. But that's their ultimate goal. Completely silencing Conservatives. - Elric

  12. One thing to keep in mind. It's one thing to start a fight, it's another to defend yourself.

    1. Yeah, Ed, exactly. This post honestly took me by surprise. Almost like Big D wants us to martyr ourselves like Stephen. Sorry, Don, but I don’t feel called to do that.

  13. Let us concentrate on what we agree on, and put aside our disagreements.

    Of the First Things, what DO we "agree on"? The immutability of sex, male/female? The existence of God? The priority of families? Private property rights?

    With every one of those items as "disagreements," I don't think it's so easy to put them away.

    I work with a bunch of left-ish to ultra-left people. We agree only to get the job done and bitch about the management. We dare not speak about First Things, nor politics.

    While I hope your solution plays out, Don, I still am buying ammo.

  14. Don, I have been reading your blog for over 2 years now without comment; I enjoy your excellent writing and your tongue in cheek humor. I have agreed with you many times, but I must say that with this article you have surprised me with your wisdom. This is not only superbly written but you have also brought a gravitas to a contentious conversation that e xceeds, in my opinion, that of your normally astute contributors.
    Please keep up your standards of excellence.

    1. Thank. I try. I am so sick of snoots bragging about their principles. They are running off a cliff and calling it the high road

  15. Conservatism is the new counterculture. We use the ballot box. The left's rage, supported by globalists (Soros, Steyer, Bezos, etc.), will not climax until after two more election cycles, when/if/hopefully their legal options have been exhausted. We're mostly safe in our homes until then. Buy guns.

  16. I think it is important to note that fascism arose in response to the violence of the socialists aligned with the Bolsheviks. In the 1920s, fascist parties were considered to have saved Europe from the international socialists. As we know, with hindsight, fascism under the control of sociopaths, is its own evil.

    "Only when the Marxist Social Democrats had gained the upper hand and taken power in the belief that the age of liberalism and capitalism had passed forever did the last concessions disappear that it had still been thought necessary to make to the liberal ideology. The parties of the Third International consider any means as permissible if it seems to give promise of helping them in their struggle to achieve their ends. Whoever does not unconditionally acknowledge all their teachings as the only correct ones and stand by them through thick and thin has, in their opinion, incurred the penalty of death; and they do not hesitate to exterminate him and his whole family, infants included, whenever and wherever it is physically possible.

    "The frank espousal of a policy of annihilating opponents and the murders committed in the pursuance of it have given rise to an opposition movement. All at once the scales fell from the eyes of the non-Communist enemies of liberalism. Until then they had believed that even in a struggle against a hateful opponent one still had to respect certain liberal principles. ...

    "The fundamental idea of these movements— which, from the name of the most grandiose and tightly disciplined among them, the Italian, may, in general, be designated as Fascist— consists in the proposal to make use of the same unscrupulous methods in the struggle against the Third International as the latter employs against its opponents."

    Mises, Ludwig von. Liberalism (1927).

  17. The last thing any opponent of Trump should want is his physical demise. I hope he lives a long life, even after his treason is proven.

    After feeling the pain at the polls and suffering in the wilderness, even his now supporters will come to disown him, much as the same people now have disowned their support of GW Bush and his unnecessary war, which they argued so viciously for.

    The lil' Trumpsters will be onto their next ear tickler/con man--never owning their choices or learning from those same choices.

    1. Bring a gun to a knife fight? Punch back twice as hard? Yes, Nony, your beloved Black Jesus said those very things. Doesn’t that sound to you like he wanted someone’s physical demise? Oh, and let us not forget James Hodgkinson. How could we, those of us who aren’t tools? Say hi to George and Tom for me.

    2. I'm afraid that "disown" stuff is media hype and leftist wishful thinking. He is more appreciated than ever.

  18. The wicked lie in wait for the righteous
    seeking their very lives;
    but the Lord will not leave them in their power
    or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

    Wait for the Lord and keep his way.
    He will exalt you to inherit the land;
    when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

    I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
    flourishing like a green tree in its native soil,
    but he soon passed away and was no more;
    though I looked for him, he could not be found.

    Psalm 37 32-36

  19. Trump's pernicious slander against a group of people, who just happen to have chosen to work as reporters, puts them in danger because the president only does this when his followers are gathered at a Trump rally. Without presenting proof or examples, he accuses them of all of being enemies of the people because they dispense "fake" news because his adolescent mind is putting into words whatever his limited imagination has channeled through his stream of consciousness this time out. The danger comes from the ubthinking mob attending the rally.

    Imagine that your job is to attend one of these rallies. Security gathers you and your fellow media types and marches all of your group through the crowd. The screams begin and hate speech is all memorized by the mob who will someday will motivate a mental case idiot to violence. Never before has a president acted so irresponsibly.

    1. Riiiight...the press are the victims here. That’ll play in Peoria, for sure.

    2. Trump did not cause the anger at the media, he tapped into the already existing anger at the media.
      Big difference.

    3. Oh please. In the real world, reporters who go to 3rd World cesspools on assignment are in real danger. These pansies making up fake news about Trump are safe here.

    4. You will not win a debate by insulting. That only fans the flames. Until the left learns to discuss without insult, this will continue.

    5. Oh FFS, all this feigned concern for people who have an agenda disguised as a job. Save some tears for conservative speakers visiting college campuses and the guy walking down the sidewalk with a Trump or MAGA hat or shirt on.

      You lefties seem to keep insisting on a fight, and I promise you're not going to like it when you get it.

  20. I keep hoping that the President will become more publicly proactive in restoring integrity in our government beyond his tweets since our Declaration of Independence argues we, the people, have the right to do. He does NOT want to wait for the people to do so since historically anarchy is the result.
    As a TEA Party leader in our county, I saw the restraint and respect for the rule of law during our activities. But I fear so many from those days are fed up with what has NOT been done after recent elections. Count me as one of those people. We are a powder keg with a much shorter fuse than before and the media and far left keep trying to light the fuse. They would NOT like the results.
    Of course the far Left/Democrats would argue he wants a people's revolution so he can seize power in the name of public safety as many dictators have done in the past to consolidate power under their rule.  As in Iran, a revolution has a tendency to eat its own as the Left found out there after they aligned themselves with the religious oligarchs.

  21. Don, "Let us concentrate on what we agree on, and put aside our disagreements." That's OK when two rational sides with disagreements can sit down & negotiate a compromise or other solution.

    It doesn't work when one side wants to negotiate but the other side is attacking with guns, baseball bats and meat cleavers while calling for more violence!

    Over at another site (C&S) I watched a slideshow of 1960s America; I remember it well. That's when people could leave their doors unlocked, children went outdoors to play without armed guards, and people were generally civil and polite to each other.

    Then we had the Civil Rights Act, The Great Society, and the change in immigration laws to let the 3rd world into our country. Now we're forced into armed camps, and to say we can negotiate our way out of it is incredibly naive.

    That's like saying, "nice doggie!" to Cujo. It doesn't end well.

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  23. Don, it does matter who started it, just as it matters who stands for what. Nor does it help to pretend the Left will negotiate in good faith. They never have and never will. You have to know your enemy, and pretending both sides are equally blameworthy advances nothing

  24. The thing that disturbs me from these protests is the GD police (San Jose, Charlottesville) who either took orders from above to encourage as much havoc as possible or did it themselves by directing innocent people to where they were sure to be attacked. These are public "servants" intentionally standing aside allowing innocent people to be attacked. Think about that. What if a rampaging mob came through your neighborhood and the po po just stood by and laughed. That's basically what they did in San Jose and Charlottesville.

  25. Yeah, lets just let the left wing mobs take over. That will be so much more refined than fighting them and winning.

  26. Nazis are communists with better uniforms. Communists are nazis with a degree.

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