Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
It seems as if “assassination signaling” has just ramped up to the next level of gore, this level actually deadly.
Assassination signaling is akin to “virtue signaling” only not for any sense of the “conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group” as in the virtue kind, but for the purpose of a hoped-for standing in the anti-Trump movement that wants the president and his administration gone, apparently now by murder, not just by voting him out–as is the hallmark of America’s tradition of a “peaceful transfer of power”.
As of the VA assassination spree by a self-promoted anti-Trump, anti-Republican, far-left devotee, I believe we face a new stage of rage*, this one not armed with merely flaming rhetoric but with bullets.
What’s next, bombs?
This stage of rage has devolved from not just photo ops of fake, bloody, severed heads held up by celebrity attention-seekers and performances featuring unmistakable Trump-lookalikes playing the doomed Caesar (where many viewers, accustomed to getting the “news” from images and memes, would not comprehend the play in any literary sense, only a political sense).
This level of evil is not just some hip, slick, and cool, far-Leftist pseudo-“resistance” movement, i.e., “resistance signaling” movement** ginned up by an unfettered anti-Trump/Republican/Conservative press (although real news is still available thanks, in part, to on-the-scene observers with cell phones and other recording devices).
This level of evil is death to those who oppose.
Literal boots and blood on the ground, weapons in hand, no holds barred. Not merely signaling but doing.
According to the thinking of one (real) resister supportive of such tactics, here is at least one end-game uncovered: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.” Bill Ayers.
Ayers’ history of advocacy of and participation in real violence caused real death, destruction, and devastation in this country. But of course we have already seen what chaos and carnage can occur when certain elements such as the black bloc can do to what might have otherwise been a non-violent, peaceful, and appropriate kind of demonstration of grievance, the kind that is lawful and allowed in our Constitutional right of free expression.
In this kind of demonstration, vandalized buildings, torched cars, bloodied faces, and wrecked (legal) protests result–and attention is diverted from critical thinking and honest debate thus keeping people in fear and away from (genuine) forward thinking and progress. And, ironically, it is usually perpetrated in the name of Progressivism.
So, is Ayers’ brand of social justice to be a portent of worse things to come in the state of political rage now displayed that is fraying our nation, or is the real resistance of this political season going to be defying the mayhem and mob mentality ginned up by assassination signaling that has, as of yesterday, harkened an ominous turning point?
To the portent: I hope not–for everyone’s sake: Left, Right, Centrist, and all the innocent bystanders as well.
To the real resistance of such evil, i.e., overcoming evil with the good of a return to critical thinking and as much fair play as can happen in a representative republic inhabited by flawed human beings: I pray so.
For there comes a point, if this lethal behavior (both signaled and real) is not stopped, when everybody will be down for the count. For evil knows no race, creed, color, political party, tribe, tongue or era because its end game is only more evil.
In short, it’s lose/lose for America unless we resist both the armed opposers and the (signaling) posers who incite them.
Please, fellow citizens, let’s take yesterday’s (attempted) assassination spree of Republicans on a baseball field as a real wake-up call.
If it is not too late.
But as the history of this nation attests, it is not too late if we think critically, resist mob mentality, uphold the law, protest legally, talk, discuss, share, write, vote, and pray with diligence and as much of a calm mind and heart as is possible so that chaos–and now real assassination attempts–don’t overcome the greater good of the nation.
*For my other commentaries on the current state of political rage, see click on this page for a listing of all seven in the series.
**For information on classic resistance movements, both violent and non-violent, against real tyranny not just “tyranny signaling” events or policies some want to claim are the same thing, see here for examples based on real news, real tyranny, and real oppression (not just “victim signaling” “oppression”. See here for a story of the latest victim signaling by a college group encouraged, now, to tell on anybody they “feel” might be biased against them in some way they alone determine).