I Am Actually Afraid

I know some people will say this issue is just "more of the same," but I posted this on Facebook a few days ago:

Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter out of annoyance, had his staff lie about it, got reelected mere days later then pled guilty to the crime after the election. Rather than be condemned and driven out of the party, the Republican party has backed him to the point the president of the United States lavishes praise on him on national television.

Say what you want about political issues and how the "other side" does blah, blah, blah. Just understand this. If you support Trump and are physically capable of body slamming me, I'm going to be a little afraid whenever I'm near you.

And I mean it. I know some people made jokes when people talked about things like "Trump induced anxiety" or "Trump Stress Disorder," and I do understand why. The idea Donald Trump getting elected should be enough to cause a an actual disorder seems outlandish. But is it?

The President of the United States goes on the national stage to celebrate criminally assaulting people his group doesn't like. Not in theory. Not with rhetoric of, "We should go after them!" Those would be bad enough. But no, Trump takes an actual case where an elected official assaulted a man and praises it as a good thing. And Republicans are content with this.

This frightens me. It doesn't frighten me for some hypothetical, moral reason. This is plenty disturbing in matters of principle. I'd understand being worried because of that alone. But I live in an area that overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Many didn't just vote for him, but are proud supporters of him. They are proud of Trump, Trump says assaulting people who are the enemy is good, and I am an outspoken critic of Trump. Is it really unreasonable to think this might lead to me getting hurt?

Side note, a bunch of people who support Trump honestly believe the dozen or so devices sent to people on the Democratic side were a false flag operation. They were certain of that before any information or evidence was available. It was nothing more than them forcing things to fit their incredibly biased worldview.

I won't say I'm suffering depression from all this, but it is hard for me to want to interact with people. I've tried to write several blog posts in the last week but couldn't finish any of them because of this. What's the point? Sure there are tons of people who don't support Trump, but is that because they are of good character or because Trump's platform just doesn't line up with their personal desires?

4 comments

  1. You may be overreacting Brandon. These assaults are quite rare. Generally, you are more likely to be hit by a truck, struck by lightening, or be in an auto accident which is statistically your biggest physical danger. Generally, hate crimes are not increasing either despite an increase in left wing attacks on Jews on college campuses driving up the numbers for anti-Semitic attacks. Generally violent crime has been decreasing in this country for about 30 years or so.

    I think this is mostly an attempt to get people worked up and fearful for political purposes by the usual suspects. The reason it might feel different is that unlike in the past when people like Reagan and Bush didn't counter punch, there is now an effective response to bias and political violence.

    By the way, have you noticed that now that Obama is out of office, the black lives matter protests and violence has stopped. Did Obama and Holder play any role in inciting violence? Perhaps they did but propagandists in the press downplayed the connection just as they are now vastly exaggerating the connection between Trump's words and political violence, which is actually a lot less common now than under Obama.

    The topper though is to blame Trump for anti-Semitism when Trump is more strongly involved in trying to wipe it out than any previous President. That is not just a lie but a smear by a media that is quickly reverting to the 19th Century where the term yellow journalism was coined.

  2. David Young:

    You may be overreacting Brandon. These assaults are quite rare. Generally, you are more likely to be hit by a truck, struck by lightening, or be in an auto accident which is statistically your biggest physical danger. Generally, hate crimes are not increasing either despite an increase in left wing attacks on Jews on college campuses driving up the numbers for anti-Semitic attacks. Generally violent crime has been decreasing in this country for about 30 years or so.

    I'm not worried about hate crimes. I'm worried about things like bar fights. I've seen plenty of them happen for stupid reasons (and most don't get reported to any authorities). I've had people try to start them with me for stupid reasons (fortunately, I've avoided them thus far). I've never worried about politics causing one before though. Now I do.

    I know people I've socialized with who, if we got in an argument about politics in current times, might well lash out in anger. That wasn't true two years ago. And even if it's not a fight, what about things like keying my car? Would I put that past people? No.

    In fact, I know perfectly well I could start a fight just by criticizing Donald Trump this wekeend while I'm at a dart tournament. There's a guy who'll be there who I get along fine with, but the last two times I saw him, he yelled at me for being "unamerican" because I pointed out things he was saying Trump has done are completely untrue.

    By the way, have you noticed that now that Obama is out of office, the black lives matter protests and violence has stopped. Did Obama and Holder play any role in inciting violence? Perhaps they did but propagandists in the press downplayed the connection just as they are now vastly exaggerating the connection between Trump's words and political violence, which is actually a lot less common now than under Obama.

    I'd wager this is more rhetorical on your part than serious as this is a blatant case of begging the question. Making a significant claim as part of the underlying assumptions of a question as though it's a given is never a good sign. Similarly:

    The topper though is to blame Trump for anti-Semitism when Trump is more strongly involved in trying to wipe it out than any previous President. That is not just a lie but a smear by a media that is quickly reverting to the 19th Century where the term yellow journalism was coined.

    You're clearly not trying to make your significant claims in a manner that presents evidence so people can verify them. What you're engaging in is rhetoric not discussion. I could use the exact same tactics to paint Trump and his supporters as horrible. Heck, I could use the same tactics to paint any person or group in any manner I wanted. Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

    If you want to have a discussion about things you believe to be true, you're free to say what you think is true and why you think it is true. If all you're going to do is slip important claims into lame rhetoric and expect everyone to accept them as true just because you believe they are, you're probably wasting your time here.

  3. With respect Brandon, the reason you may rub people the wrong way is your superior way of dismissing legitimate points by appealing to rhetorical devices. I personally would try to be a little bit friendlier in person than you are on the internet.

    It is quite clear that the danger of being harmed in a black lives matter riot was very much higher from 2014 - 2016. I've heard of no such incidents since 2016. However, there have been lots of riots by Antifa who have beat up those they disagree with. I am not going to do a search to prove this, but it was well documented at the time. Of course, our biased press has portrayed this through their ideological sense.

    Your fear I would submit is a feeling based on rhetoric you don't like. As you get older you will learn to look at FBI crime statistics and see we are now safer from crime than at any time since the 1950's.

  4. David Young, I have no doubt responses like that I gave to you contribute to me rubbing people the wrong way. However, your initial comment on this post was little more than rhetorical posturing, crafted in a way which prevents any sort of meaningful discussion from being had. If measured in terms of intellectual content, your comment was practically spam. I had the option of being "nice" in how I pointed it out, but I felt doing so might give the impression that sort of comment is okay. I didn't want that. To make it clear that sort of comment is not acceptable, I decided to be "mean" in how I pointed out its vapidity.

    Your fear I would submit is a feeling based on rhetoric you don't like.

    I suspect not reading what people write lets you reach all sorts of interesting conclusions. If you had bothered to pay attention to what I said, you'd have seen I noted most of the things I'd be worried about happening are things which don't get reported to the authorities. Having seen that, you'd have realized citing FBI crime statistics would tell us very little about my concerns. And that's leaving aside the fact general crime statistics would say next to nothing about the issue anyway as crime in general could easily have a different trend than a specific type of crime might.

    (This response was delayed because I've spent most of the last two days sick in bed. No guarantees on when any subsequent comments might happen.)

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