I really didn’t want to make a post like this one. I wanted to talk about Trump’s rhetoric about North Korea this past week, but the events in Charlottesville cannot go unnoticed. Well, I should clarify. They shouldn’t go unnoticed by me. The mainstream media has already had a field day with this. After all, it makes for good ratings.
First and foremost, the actions of that man that ran over counter-protestors is absolutely reprehensible. Anyone who somehow thinks that his actions were justified should be ashamed of themselves. The hate groups found on both sides of the political spectrum have the rights to speak their minds, but when they seek only to sow the seeds of divide, we must have the maturity to disregard those ideas. This is the price we pay for the many freedoms we have been granted. We have the freedom to follow whatever ideology we choose and speak however we want, but we also need to understand that hateful groups will be allowed to form because of these freedoms. It is up to the individual to decide which ideas to follow. We can only hope that he or she choose to believe in those ideas that promote the welfare of all Americans, as our founding fathers intended.
Now the one thing that doesn’t surprise me is all of the media blaming this event on every person who voted in Trump. After all, they’ve spent the entirety of the Trump presidency criticizing his agenda and supporters. You won’t be hard-pressed to find news articles, blog posts, and online comments condemning Trump supporters and their support of the President’s “bigoted, hateful message”. If you are one of the people that subscribes to that way of thinking, I suggest you read no further. After all, you’re probably immune to any counterpoint I’m about to share. If you’re of the type that is open to an opposing viewpoint, please continue.
For those pundits who want to condemn every Trump supporter for the actions of a few, that is your right. However, I would like to remind you of an event that happened not too long ago. Does the name Steve Scalise ring a bell? If not, he’s the representative that was hospitalized after a crazy Bernie Sanders supporter decided to shoot up a Republican baseball practice. If memory serves me correctly, Bernie Sanders was a pretty popular presidential candidate for the Democrats until he lost to Clinton in the primaries. Therefore, based upon the same logic being applied to Trump supporters, those who supported Bernie Sanders and any of his ideas also are in favor of shooting Republicans. If we’re going to play this game of blanket blaming, no situation should be immune from the same rules being used for Chalottesville. The funny thing is, I didn’t see any kind of articles condemning Bernie supporters shortly after the shooting.
This is a truly emotional time in our country. Let’s not let our emotions blind us to rational thought. Just look at the kinds of articles that came out after these two terrorist attacks. Why did the articles after the baseball practice shooting advocate for unity while the articles after Charlottesville called for a condemning of Trump supporters? Now, if we saw some more articles calling for unity, I might not dwell on the idea that one side is being favored over the other in this country. That in itself is a scary thought. I think the two-party system has failed us, but we cannot be tempted to follow a one-party system that promises to take care of its people, but only enriches its rulers. There’s a reason why the Soviet Union fell. There’s a reason why Venezuela is falling. The same fate will fall upon America if we choose to snuff out one side of the debate.
You don’t have to like conservative ideology. You can vote for your favorite liberal candidate the rest of your life. I don’t care. It doesn’t phase me. I have beliefs that encompass both sides of the political spectrum, as do a lot of my other friends and family. And guess what? Some of those people voted for Trump. What may be even more surprising is the fact that these people are average Americans who don’t care about another person’s creeds or colors. All they want out of life is to make a comfortable living for themselves and their families. They don’t want to start a war with their neighbors or terrorize the country. If it is impossible for you to believe that, then I’m sorry, but you are not contributing anything useful to the conversation. If you truly believe that every Trump supporter would maliciously mow down protestors and seeks to violently antagonize opposing viewpoints, then you need to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself a simple question: Am I looking for a way to unify the country or do I just want an excuse to hate?