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I read a recent opinion piece in your paper, titled “More Blood on the Right’s Hands.” Jamakaya, whom I respect and worked with at In Step Magazine, missed an important detail in her piece. The so-called “lethal threats continually issued from the right” rarely, if ever, produce results in this country. I would also bet that those she quoted were not serious about actual violence or murdering someone.
Let us take a quick look at groups who have a history of actual violence. The Weather Underground, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the Black Panthers, just to name a few. None of those groups are Tea Party/Republican-based groups. The leading members of those groups were and still are liberals. Should we take a look even further back at violent groups? How do you think the KKK was formed? They were a group of Democrats who had a hit list on Republicans. Back then, most blacks happened to be Republican, therefore, made up most of that list. Since then, the KKK has morphed into what it is today. I can tell you, the vast majority of us “sane” people, despite political affiliations, want nothing to do with that group.
As most of you know I am not a Republican. I have little respect for either party. Both are guilty of dragging this country so far from the Constitution, our Founding Fathers would wonder if anyone actually read and understood their road map.
There may be a bit of truth to Jamakaya’s claim, but accusing “the right” of violent rhetoric, is itself rhetoric isn’t it? Especially since there is virtually no real evidence that today’s anti-establishment/conservative groups are actually violent. There always has and always will be rhetoric from both parties. The question is, who is actually acting on that rhetoric.
And don’t get me started on “restricting political speech.” You in the media should be careful what you ask for. What if it turns out the people you disagree with are the ones restricting your speech? The 1st Amendment was no mistake, baby!
Jamie Taylor, Milwaukee