(This Op-Ed was published in Florida Today on line)
By Marshall Frank, Community columnist
I expect division because party systems call for division. It was normal in Kennedy’s days, in Obama’s days and even under FDR, whom most folks credit with saving our union. It was also an issue during colonial times. Jefferson and Hamilton never saw eye to eye on anything.
But it’s never been so frightening as it is today.
Robert Lee, an ESPN broadcaster, was removed from calling a game in Virginia, because his name is Robert Lee. Minus a middle initial, Lee has committed a racist act by virtue of his birth name. Have we gone nuts?
The crazies are finally running the institutions.
Honorary statues are tumbling and being defaced around the nation because of points of view of 250 years ago.
A best-selling author/columnist was invited to speak at Berkeley University in April to address a counter point of view on the issue of immigration. Threats of violent acts and demonstrations convinced the school to cancel Ann Coulter, thus plunging another nail in the coffin of free speech and tolerance.
Somali-born author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who suffered as a child under repressive religious dogma, escaped to the free world to become a respected intellectual beating the drum for women’s rights throughout the globe. Brandies University in 2014 pulled the plug on a planned presentation of an honorary degree to Ali because her viewpoint on young women living under radical Islam was considered incendiary. Such people aren’t interested in learning. They are interested in pacifying donors.
I thought I’d never see street riots condoned by local politicians, giving way to looting, burning, vandalism and rampant destruction while the police of Baltimore were held at bay.
Now we have celebrity idols using their fame to show true ignorance, calling for “blowing up” the White House (Madonna); simulating a bloody presidential beheading (Kathy Griffin); shooting the president (Snoop Dog); and suggesting it’s time for an actor to again assassinate a president (Johnny Depp). These people are role models for youth. And they call Donald Trump obnoxious?
Far-left members of Congress speak out in favor of impeaching the president, knowing there is no basis to impeach, other than disliking him. Missouri state Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal posted on Facebook: “I hope Trump is assassinated.”
This is not just an affront to Donald Trump. It is an insult to 63 million Americans who voted for him. If you lop off California, he won the popular vote. American voters deserve respect as much as do the supporters of Hillary Clinton.
There appears to be a sophisticated, organized march toward anarchy under way to alter America much like the instructions given in “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky:
“All change means disorganization of the old, and organization of the new.”
Hold on America. We’re in for a bumpy ride.