Quote from an article in the Boston Globe from a Trump supporter at a rally in Cincinnati:
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”
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I’m a firm believer in the constitutional guarantee of free speech. I’m also a firm believer in the democratic republic that is the United States of America. It is the greatest country on earth and it doesn’t need to be made great again. Statements like the one above are a demonstration of ignorance of this country’s history and foundational principles, selfishness that puts personal perspective above everything else, and of what happens when misinformation is allowed to spread unchecked because it profits those who are spreading it in some way. The person who made that statement is no patriot, and isn’t interested in helping his country, he’s helping himself.
No one who is really interested in helping his country would ever make a statement like that. No one. Never. Period.
The divisiveness going on in this election campaign now is nothing like we’ve ever had in modern history. In my opinion, it’s a consequence of years of inadequate public education about our history and government, and years of affluence in which the pursuit of the almighty dollar is the main values after which Americans chase. We’ve raised a couple of generations now without teaching critical thinking skills, with the result that many people are not capable of thinking for themselves, and they allow their own self-absorption to separate them from relationships that would lead to different results.
It is also the consequence of our constitutional guarantee of free speech. There’s profit to be made in the marketplace of ideas, and there are those who realize that playing to people’s fears and prejudices helps them get a big share of it. When someone resorts to name calling, and castigates people who think and act differently than they do by using terms like “libtards,” and “feminazis,” it should be an instant signal to a reasonable, intelligent, thinking person to turn it off and stop listening. The acceptance of diversity is a strength, and it is something that this country cannot afford to lose. It is powerful, because it disarms enemies by removing the weak points where they can attack. Diversity turns those who would attack us back because they can’t gain a foothold from which to operate. The more diverse we are, the less oppression and frustration is felt by people who, because of their identity, are not like the majority. And it doesn’t matter whether that’s skin color, or country of origin, or religious belief.
The kind of attitude revealed by this particular individual, and by others of his ilk who are coming out of the woodwork, being incited by some right wing media sources, and one of the candidates for President himself, is dangerous. If you are a patriotic American, you accept the results of elections without complaint, because in fact, there is no reason not to accept it. Advocating for assassination of a President, or presidential candidate, and threatening revolution, aside from being treason, is a complete abandonment and destruction of the constitutional principles you claim to be defending. Have you ever read it? I can be pretty sure that the individual who made this particular statement doesn’t understand how the constitution works, or what it guarantees, and he has nothing but contempt for it, or for the majority that has the right to determine who holds office.
So let’s be honest. If there are people who are serious about a forceful government takeover because they don’t like the candidate who gets elected to the Presidency, then we will be on the verge of another civil war. The last one resulted from the election of Abraham Lincoln, and it took generations to repair the physical, emotional, and political damage that was done. Launching a coup or an assassination, aside from being treason, couldn’t be the result of love for this country, because another civil war would lead to the complete destruction of America.
It’s time to wake up, people! This kind of rhetoric ought to be setting off alarm bells. We can’t keep moving in this direction, or we will not have a country to love and defend.