The sickness of political violence is growing in our society, and we do not seem to have the will to stop it.
Let’s do a little thought experiment. Let’s say you and 15 or 20 of your friends are Philadelphia Eagles fans and you were walking down the street when you saw a couple in Dallas Cowboys gear eating at an outdoor restaurant. Let’s imagine next that you are so offended by the sight of them that you start screaming at them, upending their drinks, and throwing lit fireworks at them.
What would you expect would happen to you and your friends if police were in the vicinity? At the very least, you would expect them to stop you, if not arrest you or issue you a summons. And they would be right to do it. That is their job.
Last Saturday in Washington DC and all over the country for months now, this kind of behavior has been used against President Trump supporters, or even just people who refuse to be compelled to make political gestures in support of the left. But unlike my hypothetical above, the police have rarely if ever intervened, and leftist media and Democratic politicians have refused to specifically call out the actions.
What is most bizarre about these acts of political intimidation and violence — and, yes, throwing lit fireworks at people is violence — is that the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no fear that anything will happen to them. Really think about that for minute — not from the perspective of the people being accosted, but the perspective of those doing the accosting. You would absolutely imagine, correctly, that there would be repercussions. It’s not why you wouldn’t do it, but it’s something that you naturally would and should expect. [ … ]