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Violence Is Not The Answer

Democrats have been using increasingly violent rhetoric, but is it doing more harm than good?

Senator Kamala Harris (D) from Massachusetts was on the Ellen DeGeneres show this week and raised a couple eyebrows. When Ellen posed a hypothetical question to Sen. Harris, things turned from funny to felony.

Ellen: “If you had to be stuck in an elevator with either President Trump, Mike Pence or Jeff Sessions, who would it be?”

Sen. Harris: “Does one of us have to come out alive?”

Now, bear with me, I realize it was meant to be a joke, but would anyone have stood around laughing if someone had made that joke about former President Obama? Murder (or suicide) is no joking matter and Senator Harris should tread lightly when it comes to off-the-cuff comments that would suggest such an act.

Senator Harris, however, is not alone in her comments purporting violence from the Democrats. Last month, former Vice President Joe Biden said, “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’” President Trump then continued the exchange of words on Twitter:

In the President’s tweet, he asserts that this is the second time that Biden has “threatened” him. Biden indeed doubled down on his comments made during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

In fact, there are multiple instances where Democrats are either supporting violence, or even encouraging violence to push their agenda. Take for example, Daryl Fisher (D) of North Carolina, who is running for Sheriff in Buncombe County, who insinuated he would be okay with taking guns from citizens from their “cold, dead hands”. (This of course is in reference to the pro-gun community’s slogan gleaned from Charlton Heston’s closing remarks at the 2000 NRA Annual Meeting)

Furthermore, the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) tweeted out the following photo in January of 2018 in seeming support of the Antifa movement.

Antifa, whose name is a shortening of anti-fascist, is a movement that began in the 1920’s and 1930’s against American pro-Nazi organizations like the Friends of New Germany. They oppose so called fascist movements with militant styles and physical violence. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has labeled Antifa’s antics as “domestic terrorism”. And now, the #2 guy in the DNC is supporting Antifa, domestic terrorism and violence with his tweet.

All of this comes in a day and age that violence is at the forefront of our national conversations. When people are shooting up schools and businesses, protests are turning violent and deadly, and gangs like the MS-13 and other drug lords, are making headlines with new outbreaks of violence on a weekly basis, America does not need more violent verbose from politicians, whether they are President, Senators, Representatives, Celebrities, or just general public.

If the Democrats want to take back Congress in November, or have a shot at the White House in 2020, they need to tone down the rhetoric. Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” and other comments made during the 2016 election did not help out her campaign and the Democrats are on shaky ground if they think continuing that montage would be wise.

For the sake of all American relationships, let’s drop the violent suggestions, whether in jest or not, and rather come together as a nation to find common ground solutions for our most glaring issues.

I enjoyed the article. However I will say it becomes a sad day when people have lost their ability to discern humor . Without humor we have lost what makes life tolerable . Bad jokes, poorly timed ones, or ones that are flat out insensitive can be all of those things that make them not enjoyable; but I’d rather people shoot that shot and miss than live in a world where things have gotten so serious people no longer attempt to be funny.
Democrats are not calling for violence no more than the crazy red necks were when they were talking about hanging Obama. I’d rather people make poor jokes about violence than have no outlet to get those frustrations out and it boils up to the point they are really acting out. Because that’s what happens when people can’t let it out , it bottles up and they explode .

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I understand your point, but comparing crazy rednecks to polished politicians and celebrities seems like a little bit of a stretch. If you had seen members of the GOP party calling for a hanging, I think it would be different than a loud mouth redneck with a PBR in his hand.
With that being said, is joking about violence on an open, worldwide format the best way to release one's frustrations? It's one thing to come out over a jack and coke at a bar, but another on national TV. The reason I'm saying this is because you and I can both read the swing and a miss humor, but many many people can't. In fact, I would suggest that many of these people who are committing mass shootings probably couldn't read the sarcasm. But I digress...

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I couldn't agree more, Patriot. And I hear what you are saying also, Pat. With that said, there is no doubt we have been seeing more and more violent rhetoric at the highest level of the democratic party. And when they are called out on it, they deflect with the "it was just a harmless joke..." There is not much we can do to police the masses; however, I think it's fair to expect those put in office to conduct themselves in a non-violent fashion. And of course, politics is a nasty sport-- but when we start toying with harming others who think differently.. we walk a very thin line. All in all.. very sensible piece, man. Good stuff.

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@TheObjectivePodcast I think it's important to lead by example, and I agree that those in office should be held to a higher standard than Joe Sixpack. By the same token, I think that those in positions of power should not give credence or support to "celebrities" who espouse garbage as proxies for things that they'd be too scared (or afraid of the repercussions) to say themselves. For example take Ted Nugent, a self-confessed draft dodger who sits on the board of the NRA. His politics, and his expressions thereof are abhorrent. Yet he remains there because Wayne Lapierre needs him to stir up a specific demographic. So while in essence I agree with the basic tenets of the article I would say putting the weight on Democrats specifically shows a high degree of bias. ALL elected officials, and responsible individuals should be held to certain standards. ADDENDA: While Snopes lists the the claim that Nugent was a draft dodger as "unproven" Nugent has never denied the interview, only that what he said was true. Whether he did or didn't dodge the draft, I have pretty hard time respecting or believing him after that. Clearly Nugent "don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" and seems content to fall into line with whichever side butters his bread.

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Ted Nugent is a far cry from Kamala Harris or Joe Biden, potential Presidential hopefuls in 2020. If any Republicans in Congress, or running for an elected office suggested that someone of an opposing political point of view be beaten up, or even killed for their viewpoints, then I would call them out as well. If not including "draft dodging" Ted Nugent is what makes me biased, I won't get into all the supposed politicians and celebs that have dodged the draft, many democrats included.

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Nice article and parting quote. The Democrats sure have sunk low but if its get people talking then why not. Bad pr is still pr for them. Ruthless party. Some republicans do this too all for the sake of getting attention ahead of the elections.

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Yeah, however a lesson I learned growing up and have really taken to heart running a political news/blog site is that I'm not responsible for how people take what I say/do/write. So while you r argument is true, the reality is that people will take even the most tame statement as something inflammatory. Shit, you've seen the comments on the FB /IG posts.So do we walk around on eggshells, worried the world make take what we say to extremes? Living in a tame, bland, and repressed life? Na dude. We go out. Do the best we can. And we stay true to ourselves and try to have a little fun in the process. Those who get it get it. Those who don't, don't. Not our responsibility. Least what I've learned.

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Completely agree with you... the FB feeds are the worst! No one reads a word past "Obama" or "Trump" or "taxes" before posting their strong partisan comments without any forethought or understanding of the topic. That being said, I think we as journalists have a responsibility to at least be cognizant of the audience and careful not to put out a call to arms against an individual or group based on their political points of view. Good discussion Pat!

It's the Dems fielding unknowns early to test which ones would stick.

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