Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

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​The context of the brutal assault in Alexandria, Virginia that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise sends an important public message: our elected representatives may wield enormous power but they’re still ordinary Americans who enjoy getting up early on a bright Spring morning to practice for a charity baseball game.

The crazed shooter had been so warped by hateful leftist propaganda that he couldn’t recognize the obvious humanity of his victims: he asked about party affiliation, and when told they were Republicans he was ready to kill. This time the targets were conservatives and the assailant was a self-styled “progressive,” but both sides have indulged the recent toxic tendency to demonize and dehumanize opponents.

The idea that disagreements over health care, taxes, and foreign policy are enough to justify violent assault is repugnant and profoundly un-American. President Trump sounded the right note when he asked the nation to respond to such hatred by coming together for the common good.

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  1. mike  •  Jun 16, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Michael I'm 42 years old and I've been listening to you since your very first show in here in Seattle. I have most of your history tapes and your wisdom has influenced me greatly. I think you have taken a left turn and are suffering from T.D.S. Answer this question for me please — Do you believe the founders would have agreed with this (your) quote ""The idea that disagreements over health care, taxes, and foreign policy are enough to justify violent assault is repugnant and profoundly un-American"

    • Larry  •  Jun 16, 2017 at 7:04 am

      You can't confuse the two. The founders were upset because it was taxation without representation. I don't believe we wanted complete independence as England wielded a big stick. We wanted more say (or some say) in local government.
      This person who did the shooting was ideologically driven and someone with a little R next to his name got shot. American can no longer tolerate this kind of bevavior.

    • Ty  •  Jun 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      I wish I remember who said it, but there was someone from American History that wanted the ones responsible for the whiskey rebellion Hanged!

      Taxes from a legitimately elected body were seen very differently, because anarchy was NOT what the founders advocated. I wish conservatives would remember that aspect of American history.. but I guess it's too painful.

      • Rizzo  •  Jun 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm


        It is you leftist/libs, who advocate for anarchy and fail to accept the leadership of a legitimately elected body.
        You know very little of American history and understand/respect even less.
        Go cry elsewhere.

  2. Kpar  •  Jun 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    "This time the targets were conservatives and the assailant was a self-styled 'progressive,' "

    Michael, how many times has the reverse been true? While there are certainly folks who claim to be on the Right who say awful things, they are routinely shunned by the mainstream Right. The Left has much more of a tendency to support and celebrate such despicable behavior.

  3. Jim Bird  •  Jun 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    When did our previous president or any member of his party ever come together for the common good. The answer is "never" then and now and in the future. They preach hatred on a daily basis – how many more years of their filth do you have to listen to before you change your mind Michael?

    Travel update: Since terrorism is the new norm worldwide now over the past 8 years, thought I'd give you an up-close-and-personal report in Italy.
    Rome: ALL Metro (subway) stops are manned with camouflaged Italian military with ouzies(?) and camo'ed armor plated assault vehicles. Also every train station, airport and all major and most minor sights. The same for Florence, Siena, Amalfi Coast and even small Tuscany hill towns. I had my small backpack searched by these men (and a few women) before entering St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi too.

    My question is, where did the terrorists get hundreds of billions of dollars and even nuclear bomb approval to carry out this coordinated worldwide plan? Hmmm, must be Trump right? Yes, no? Michael, get McCain and Graham to immediately start an investigation of Trump! We have to get to the bottom of this – right?

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