I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. (Don) Bachmann (Fauquier Times, July 24) in exhorting us all to return to civil dialogue in our country. Where I disagree with him is his echoing the Democrat and media mantras that President (Donald) Trump is a major, contributing source to this division.
We so often hear things like “the most divisive president in our history.” Mr. Bachmann talks about the dangers from fringes of both sides of the political spectrum. While this is, of course, true, from my vantage point, the lion’s share of the problem comes from the left. Before the president was even inaugurated, and non-stop since, a full-blown resistance movement was organized on the left and in the media, with non-stop criticism of the president and those who support him.
From the far-right, we all remember and decry the neo-Nazis, about 50 as I recall, who demonstrated in Charlottesville a couple of years ago, with a young woman being killed in ensuing violent confrontations. But beyond that, where is the ongoing campaign of hate and violence from the right?
The reason we keep hearing about “Charlottesville” is that it appears to be about the only major example. The neo-Nazi white supremacist group could only marshal zero people in an anniversary celebration in Charlottesville, and only 20 showed up for a national demonstration. Conversely, we’ve seen multiple instances across the country of black-clad Antifa mobs intimidating and beating non-violent supporters of free-speech and President Trump, to include vandalism of multiple buildings and burning cars. We’ve seen conservative politicians and administration figures harassed and chased out of restaurants, with such actions even encouraged by Democrat politicians. We see free speech, if it is conservative speech, shouted down, threatened and not tolerated on campuses and other venues.
The most recent example is conservative journalist Andy Ngo in Portland who was beaten and pelted with milkshakes laced with cement in Portland. I have seen none of this activity coming from the right directed toward the left.
I’m all for civil and rational dialogue, and if we don’t somehow get back to that place, the results will be disastrous for our country. But let’s not miss where the real source of this division and rancor is coming from.