Skip to comments.Violence in America: On the Precipice
Posted on 02/28/2011 10:01:28 AM PST by TheConservativeCitizen
Our False Sense of Security
As Americans, we have historically enjoyed the luxury of believing things always happen to the other guy. Whether that sense of security has been within our homes and families or our nation as a whole, we have been perhaps the most blessed country on the face of the earth.
This is not to diminish the adversities or miseries of any one family, nor calamitous times weve experienced as a nation; it is to say that we have, for the most part, lived safe and secure lives, with the belief that things will always work out in the end. After all, thats what happens in America.
Following the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, we turned our attention to the union rallies in Wisconsin. While many in the mainstream media were quick to draw analogies with the turmoil in the Middle East, most common sense Americans scoffed at the notion; things are different here, we dont resort to hatred and abject violence. This is America after all.
While the use of violence and bloodshed as a means of protest and political expression are anathema to most of us, there is a foreboding chill wind in the air; an eerie nagging sense which suggests that things might not be so different after all. Consider the following:
Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.) extolled a charged-up pro-union rally in Boston last week: This is a struggle for the hearts and minds of America every once in a while you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary. While Capuano later apologized for his choice of words, his goal was accomplished: he said them, and they were heard.
Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin was physically assaulted during a live broadcast in Wisconsin over the weekend while surrounded by angry protesters screaming Fox lies in unison. A visibly shaken Tobin: These people hate.
In Sacramento, a group of angry union protesters suddenly surged from their own protest area towards a Tea Party crowd. A Tea Party opponent was assaulted and injured by a Teamster who had been screaming at the opposition through a bullhorn.
At an AFSCME rally in Rhode Island last week, a cameraman was physically accosted from behind by an angry union protester, who screamed: Ill f**k you in the ass, you fa**ot!
A pro-union protester blindsided an opponent and knocked him to the ground in Atlanta Saturday at an event organized by MoveOn.org, who called for rallies in all 50 state capitals.
Sadly, weve become accustomed to verbal violence as the political discourse in our nation has grown more strident and polarized; people are quick to label an opponent as Hitler, or accuse the other side of employing Nazi tactics, while speaking on the floor of the United States Senate. Think about it; this sort of wreckless language by Americans against other Americans would have been shocking and unacceptable a generation ago.
As is the case with most vices, the use of violence must be escalated in order to achieve the desired result. The toothpaste is out of the tube; acts of physical violence now occur with regularity and impunity; almost without thought it seems. This is a dangerous precipice indeed.
It wasnt long ago that we could simply dismiss Frances Fox Pivens calls for violence and revolution, or cartoonist Ted Ralls vision of an intense, violent struggle for control as delusional ranting on the far left. We had the luxury to do that -or so we naively believed. This is America, we told ourselves; those kinds of things dont happen here.
Its time for America wake up before its too late.
Its what makes the news media narrative about right wing hate so laughable.
For your reading pleasure:
From approximately ten years ago: Fred articles on race relations and potential future civil war:
The Revolutionaries are on the march.
Then there’s this from the Nation of Islam:
“Farrakhan: Mideast uprisings will come to US”
The DNC '68 riot.
The author might want to do a little research before posting this drivel.
Liberals have succeeded in turning America into a thrid world s&^% hole!!
thank you for posting! the past few years have only gotten more intense...
I don’t know where this guy was during the 60’s.
The left would buy us weapons if they could get us on their lowlife violent level. They're looking for an excuse to hurt us - to get their bullies in the MSM to rake us over the coals... to get us into a 'one one one' fight where 6 of their union 'friends' come out of the bushes...
Look for the union label.
Some of it has already happened, like the 68 riots, some of the Vietnam protests, but I have been expecting wide spread violence since the 60s. I am just surprised it has not happened yet. If or when the economy goes completely in the tank, we will experience it up close and personal.
Time for bullets and beans. Being prepared is the key.
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