There is a deep partisan divide in this country and so it is no surprise that rhetoric has gotten heated.
But that is one thing.
The violence violence and otherwise physically aggressive action is another matter entirely.
Just this week we saw Nancy Pelosi chased in the streets with the crowd yelling “COMMUNIST!” at her.
Mitch McConnell was harassed at a restaurant.
And there has been other equally — or even more — disturbing incidents fairly recently.
A Congressman in Maryland had his door kicked in.
Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were chased out of a restaurant.
Somebody sent ricin to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Rand Paul’s wife wrote an op-ed discussing the disgusting threats made to her husband and her family.
Several Republican senators were doxed and had their addresses and phone numbers released.
Secretary of Education Betsy Devos now requires an extra $1 million in security.
I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point.
The problem here seems to stem from the fact that the hardcore elements of each side seem to believe that the other side is not just wrong, they are evil.
These hardcore elements apparently believe that mere disagreement is not enough and the other side simply has no right to have an opposing point of view to the point where they should not even be allowed to exist.
The idea anybody could think like that is frightening, especially considering that each side represents roughly half the country’s views.
So in essence, these people believe half the country should be threatened and harassed on a daily basis for the crime of daring to not hold the same views as those on the other side.
This is sheer lunacy.
And it is why people feel comfortable comparing the president to Adolf Hitler.
As a Jewish man, the fact that anybody could compare a man who was responsible for the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews and 11 million people overall to anything President Trump has said or done is beyond sick.
And once you’re convinced somebody is “LITERALLY HITLER,” then it is easy to talk yourself into doing literally ANYTHING to stop him.
I mean, after all, what wouldn’t you do to stop Hitler, right?
That’s how you convince yourself that trying to kill Congressman Steve Scalise for simply having views you deem hateful is ok.
Or that bombing buildings is justified in the name of the greater good.
If you want to know where this leads, I suggest you read about the Weather Underground and Timothy McVeigh, two sides of a very dangerous coin.
And that is the flip side of this: What happens when these people use these tactics on the wrong targets?
What happens when they show up to hunt and are met with something equal or worse?
Exactly how long do you expect to be able to do this before you start seeing violent reactions in return?
Exactly how do you think this is all going to turn out?
The answer is it will turn out horribly, for EVERYBODY.
I don’t care how much you hate President Trump, Republicans, Democrats, or any other political group, this has to stop right now.
And God help us all if it doesn’t.