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September 25, 2004

The climate of Fear

Political post read it in the extended entry

-A soldier home relaxing from the Iraq war was savagely beaten by a person opposed to the war.

-In Duluth Bush signs are disappearing at a frightening rate.

-Bush supporters are scared to put out signs or bumper stickers for fear of physical retaliation.

I was thinking about this today as I was driving around my old neighborhood, a usually Republican-leaning part of Portland. I saw many Kerry signs but no Bush signs, even in the lawns of people I knew supported Bush. I asked one of them about that and he informed me that he had put one out but it was stolen.

Then I remebered my own experiences. Back in 2000 I had a Bush sticker on my car, it was keyed and eventually replaced by a stranger with a Gore sticker, both acts cost me a few hundred dollars. My sister, a pugnacious conservative, had 5 signs stolen from her lawn in 5 consecutive days, culminating in a sixth one being burned on her lawn.

This is the climate of fear that we live in and one of many reasons I do not like extreme lefties (now, as a note I don't have anything against moderate Democrats, and there are many of them). I believe it comes out of the fact that, being largely non-religious, politics is their religion. The comport themselves with an air of self-righteousness, and believe their political opponets are less than human and are deserving of no respect.

I work in the biological sciences, usually at a University, and I know conservatives and libertarians who are scared to death to let their views be known, since they know they will lose their job. One day, after hearing the most paranoid theories about Bush being bandied about by several co-workers I quiped "Don't you guys ever get tired of the slander?" for which I was nearly brained by a heavy plastic lunchroom tray thrown at my head (which shattered amazingly), after which my red-faced coworker threatened me for ten minutes with bodily harm and had to be dragged off by another coworker.

Can't we just all get along?

P.S I was going to call this post "Fascists for Kerry" but I think that would have been to explosive and ironically actually made my point when the attacks started in the comments.

P.P.S. I realize that this form of political intimidation goes both ways, but the intensity of it coming from the left is off the scale.

Posted by scottm at 08:59 PM