|To the editor:
A person shot up a baseball practice in the Washington D.C. area; not surprising, the target was a team made up of Republican members of the House of Representatives.
The criminal who attacked a team of ball players chose the Republicans because the good folks in the media have painted each and every one of us as racists, sexists, homophobes, Fascists, Nazis. The media has said we want to see all minority folks, children, elderly, women and the poor dead. That is a strong statement, but a true statement.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called 50% of all Republicans a basket full of deplorables and unredeemables. After the election, the hate got going in full force, primarily aimed at President Trump, but using a very wide brush to paint all of us who are Republicans. The Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just a title it is true, an overpowering disdain for others who believe differently from them.
“The Republican Party has become the most dangerous organization in world history.” — Mr. Noam Chomsky. That is a quote I used in a column two months ago to point out the dangerous language being used by the unhinged folks on the left. To kill folks, a person first needs to build up a hate, a disdain, a revulsion, before they can murder. If you were given a dollar for every time since the election that the liberal open-minded left called Republicans Nazis/Fascists/Racists/Bigots/Islamophobic and a dozen other dehumanizing names, you would be a rich person.
In that column, I warned that the over-the-top language would be dangerous. Many of the liberal writers for this publication condemned my generalizations as something akin to paranoia. The progressives have teed up the ball for the hate-filled to hit it down range, and one uber-liberal “feel the burn” person did.
“The President and Republicans are in collusion with the Russians to destroy our nation;” that is industrially strength stupid. Only a truly hate-filled person would believe that, but it has been repeated so many times many folks do actually believe it.
Watch: the media will paint this as a gun control issue; the governor of Virginia already has. The media will not blame themselves for incendiary and over-the-top rhetoric, even though they are guilty as sin. The mass mainstream media will close ranks and find others to blame, and you can take it to the bank that President Trump will be among those blamed.
I am not very intelligent, I am a Republican after all, but I believe we cannot continue to publish this hate week after week and not expect consequences. Calling anyone who you disagree with the hate-filled names used in this very publication needs to stop.
To my friends on the left: the Nazis and Fascists were Socialists with single payer health care, please remember that.
Robert M. Traxler, Dorr Township