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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.

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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