This reality is so obvious to me I can’t help but point it out. When the left wins they are joyous, but when they lose they will burn their own cities, threaten your family and kill you if you get in their way. The evidence is too broad and too deep to deny that.
In a true democracy you win some and you lose some. That is the expectation of having opposing views. Not everyone agrees on every thing one view might depict and chooses an alternative. That would be the behavior of a rational population with a respectful psyche.
But of late, many of our fellow Americans have decided that rational, respectful behavior is out of the question when something doesn’t go their way. On the Right, you can point to the 1/6 riots as an extreme example of people not liking the outcome of the election (right or wrong) and behaving egregiously. I won’t defend or attack what drove their behavior, only acknowledge that it occurred.
On the left there are almost too many such behavioral tantrums to list. Attacking police and a federal court house in Portland. Attacking police and private property in Seattle. Attacking police and federal property in DC. Attacking police and private property in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, …. you can probably add to this list. And this doesn’t count killing a few private citizens and police officers in the process.
This weekend showed us the most recent example of this behavior when anti-anti-abortion crowd attacked police and destroyed private property, all because the Supreme Court decision didn’t go their way. Again, I won’t defend either side of this issue, but rather just seek to spotlight the behavior.
Having raised children I can’t help but point to this as being analogous to the temper tantrums my children exhibited on occasions where things didn’t go, or weren’t going in the direction they wanted. Throwing things, breaking things, screaming at the top of their lungs, all seems too familiar.
We all know that children sometimes do such things; some more than others. It’s a natural part of growing up; learning behavioral boundaries to apply in adult life.
But for “adults”…or would be adults, to behave in such a manner I think requires deeper consideration. What’s up with that? Didn’t they grow up? Did they not learn the boundaries of behavior and respect? Apparently not. So why is that? What is making so many act so crazy?
The answer, IMHO, lies in the manipulative behavior of other “adults”. Specifically the voices of “alarmists” politicians and their co-conspirator media types. They are constantly screaming about impending doom. It’s how the survive. If they don’t have someone or something to protect you from they have no purpose. Why would we need them? But, they can’t allow that to happen, so they create monsters of imminent destruction and doom….and then convince only they can protect you…. if you’ll just give them a little cash. It’s an old scam. A protection racket.
We all need to remember that for the politician it’s about raising money, buying votes and holding on to power. For the media it’s about getting “clicks”, which is of course about money and power.
One amazing example, seemingly forgotten by his constituency, is past presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. According to the NRA types he is going to take all of our guns and lock up up for resisting. For law abiding, second amendment believers that’s a scary monster. That obviously was not going to happen. But the credit for creating that scary monster goes to Beto himself who famously said in a campaign speech:
“Hell yes we’re going to take their AR-15”! Beto O’Rourke, CNN September 13, 2019.
But it was bullshit! He was just saying what the crowd there wanted to hear. It’s Constitutionally impossible. But to get the money and the votes that will get him the power he craves he will tell you anything, even though he knows he can’t.
In fact he recanted the whole idea within weeks:
“I’m not talking about confiscating anybody’s guns”. Beto O’Rourke, October 16, 2019.
Really? Hell yes to hell no in the blink of an eye!? You bet. Having thought it through he realized what he said was bullshit and backs away. Even to parts of his base vocalizing such a violation of constitutional rights would end up costing him votes.
Another example is Chuck Schumer standing on the steps of the Supreme Court and threatening two Justices with pain that was to come.
“I want to tell you Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Chuck Schumer, Wednesday, March 3, 2020
His oratory was powerful. His voice was ominous. He revved that crowd up into a frenzy. They were chanting and screaming and yelling and threatening…just as he told them to. He was smiling and basking in the adulation of a savior, a white knight ready to vanquish a dragon.
But Chuck didn’t really mean it….or so he claimed almost immediately afterward,
“I should not have used the words I used yesterday, they did not come out the way I intended to.” Thursday, March 4, 2020
He didn’t actually mean any harm. He was just caught up n the moment. He has too much respect for the institution if not it’s current bench. Bullshit!
Reality: he only said those things to rev up his base and get some money and some votes. To get some face time in national media as a champion of women’s rights.
I won’t take the time to list all of the media types that sound the alarm of imminent doom over and over, day after day. That reality infects both extremes of the political left and right. ( I might enjoy a street fight between Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon though. My money would be on Tucker.) And of course there is the rantings and ravings of The View….nuff said.
What we have in the United States today is a near Pavlovian response from a sensitized population. Most people just bite their tongue or shake their head at such dysfunctional political leaders…or voice their thoughts on Medium….or maybe just have another beer and mark it up to politics as usual. But too many react with violent rage, striking out at anything and anyone they perceive aren’t on their side. Threatening, demonizing, trying to do, or actually doing physical and emotional harm. If it’s not how they want it to be, no one is going to have it!