Hill reported that more than half the people taking a recent poll
after Election Day. Another poll reports that 56% expect to see
violence erupt at the polls themselves.
good indicator of the credibility of these polls is the outbreak of
partisan violence that’s already happened at political rallies
and otherwise peaceful protests. Another indicator is the arrest this
week of people plotting to kidnap Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen
Twitter attacks against Governor Whitmer fanned the flames of discord
— a tactic that keeps his base coming back for more and
mobilizes them to build a united front. His refusal
to a peaceful transfer of power gives him the rogue outlaw image his
base loves — that unwavering bunch of 40 million.
the police shooting of unarmed Jacob Blake point blank seven times in
the back and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests, elements of
that same base have raised over half a million dollars for the
of Kyle Rittenhouse,
the 17-year-old who was charged with murdering two of those
Washington Post reported that, in the past 16 weeks, more than 50
have plowed into peaceful protesters all around the country. Armed
Michigan’s legislature. Unidentified law enforcement officers
heaved demonstrators into unmarked
Security forces in Washington used low-flying
to harass citizens decrying police brutality.
this the world we want to live in?
has initiated a petition
demanding Trump to peacefully transfer power if Biden wins. What good
is signing such a petition? I’m asking the same question but I
signed it nevertheless. Change.org appears to be using it as a means
of generating donations, although donating is not a requirement.
organization is asking people to join with fellow citizens to raise
awareness and influence others to create a broad base of support for
nonviolence in their own families, workplaces, and communities.
organization, Braver Angels, was founded after the 2016 election. It
is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to political
depolarization. In a new initiative, Braver Angels is inviting all
Americans — on both sides of the aisle — to sign
a public letter,
that calls on us to reject violence in the event of an election
a moment of danger in this era of divisiveness, We the American
People come together to speak for the Union. Some of us will vote for
President Trump and others for Vice President Biden. But in this
season of intense and legitimate partisanship, we the undersigned
commit ourselves also to a higher partisanship – for the
maintenance of our Union; for the importance of our shared civic
life; and for those feelings of goodwill that Lincoln called the
better angels of our nature.”
are asking that people go to www.braverangels.org
to sign the letter. They are also conducting Zoom gatherings in
November to help Americans process the election results.
two organizations mentioned above may offer tepid responses to the
violence reported by The Guardian, The Hill, The Washington Post, and
countless other media outlets. The problem is that nobody is offering
much of anything else.
Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.