Way back in the Electronic Stone Age when we did not have Social Media as we know it, we had our open discussions in the Usenet. I remember the day the news Sarah Brady had been diagnosed with breast cancer, both sides were shocked at the news and even though one side was fully against her politics, cancer is something you don’t wish in a normal human being who spouses a political and constitutional difference. We wished her a speedy recovery.
And yes, there were some jackasses who posted inappropriate celebratory comments and got flamed with so much vigor that you could feel the heat coming out of the monitor…and those torches came from our side. That kind of behavior was simply not tolerated by either side as it went beyond the usual “fuck you dickbreath” and assorted direct personal attacks on the newsgroup.
Now the Opposition is no longer abiding by the unwritten rules of basic decency. We are ammosexuals (still trying to figure that one out), impotent, insurrectionists, traitors, terrorists, child abusers and something so serious as the unexpected death of somebody is a free pass to target not only the person but his family. It is sick and sadly I do not see them taking a moment to think and maybe reconsider the language.
Shannon Watt’s latest campaign uses the motto “Tipping Point.” And she is more accurate than she thinks but not in the way she expects. We are indeed reaching the tipping point where her side will no longer be considered the Opposition but the Enemy. And I am not using that word in the rhetorical/sophomoric debate meaning.
This is not a warning or a threat but a sad statement of fact. You cannot push and push and demonize a collective and then expect something stupid not to happen. And I hope you do understand the physics behind a vessel suddenly letting go after reaching the maximum internal pressure.
Police your own & moderate the language, that is all we ask. It is time you figure out we are not backing down.