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The Right NOT to Remain Silent: What Happened to Civility?

By David King

Although I hate to admit it, occasionally I will make a comment or two on Twitter.  As many might have guessed by now, my political views are toward the “Right” on most issues.  I usually never receive a response to my “tweets”, that is, until I disagreed with a liberal “tweet” by a left wing “resistor”.  Suddenly, my Twitter feed exploded with defenders of this person.   Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a lively debate now and then, but these weren’t simple disagreements with my position – they were personal attacks upon me for having the gall to disagree.   Indeed, some of the comments I received were vile, condescending, and vicious epithets thrown my way by several of these “resistors”.   I concluded that having an opinion that does not comport with a liberal point of view is not welcome.

I have been disturbed as certainly most of you have been at the depths to which we as a society seem to have sunken in regard to respecting the opinion of persons who may disagree with us.  “Civil” discourse appears to have been completely removed from any discussion about any topic which could be considered to have political implications.

For example, with the election of Donald Trump, those on the “Left” seem to have been unable to accept the results of the election.  Protest marches, Antifa, screaming at the moon, and Hollywood meltdowns appear to be the new normal.    Ironically, Hillary Clinton who pressed Mr. Trump during a debate to inquire if he would accept the election results appears unable to accept those same results.    She continually appears on cable television shows and/or book tours to put forward a myriad of reasons as to why she lost – and how she was cheated.  At times It is almost comical to watch, but in reality, it is disturbing.   Clinton, who was widely expected to win the election according to “the polls”, could only watch in horror as Donald Trump gathered over three hundred electoral votes to assure his victory.  But just a week ago, Ms. Clinton publicly advocated doing away with the Electoral College – a system which has been in place for decades and which was designed to have states both large and small have a say in the country’s leadership at the presidential level.  Such a position is a seismic shift in generally accepted political tenants and she has hardly been “civil” in her diatribes.

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More disturbingly, as a former law enforcement officer I was appalled at the conduct of Peter Strozk, a former F.B.I. agent who displayed not only disrespect, but outright hostility toward members of Congress who were conducting hearings into what appeared as his bias in the investigations he was involved in. His demeanor and tone were alarming.  He appeared to believe that he could conduct himself with absolute impunity.   Strozk seemed outright offended that anyone – including Congress, would question his conduct (which included using a taxpayer provided phone to text his married lover).  Strozk was not only not “civil”, he has offered no apology for his behavior since.  Indeed, if anything he acted as though he thought himself the self-appointed savior of the country.

Most recently we come to the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh who is by all accounts except one, a fine and decent man. However, the confirmation hearings for this candidate quickly became nothing short of a circus as coordinated protesters screamed obscenities, yelled, fainted, and were dragged kicking and screaming from the hearing room.  It was so bad that the candidate’s children had to be removed from the room.  All respect for the process was gone. Then, at the 13th hour of the process an “anonymous” woman (who was later revealed by Democrats) said she was sexually attacked by Judge Kavanaugh at a party in high school some 36 years ago.  Although she could not recall the location, the date, the day, the year, how she got to the party, or how she got home, she remembered that it was Brett Kavanaugh.  Judge Kavanaugh has since said that he was not even at such a party.  Not to be deterred, the Liberal Left has howled for the scalp of Judge Kavanaugh, calling him a “rapist” among other things, without of shred of corroborating evidence.    “Due Process” be damned these days.  These days it seems, if someone accuses you, you are deemed guilty – especially if the accusation involves allegations of sexual misconduct.  What have we come to?  Each day it seems to get more vicious out there.   I worry… we all should worry.

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Dave King is a Port Huron native and 35 year veteran of law enforcement serving in various policing capacities including uniform patrol, investigations, supervision, training, and administration. His experience includes serving as a chief of police and a director of public safety in localities across the nation with service populations from 5,000 to over 2,000,000. Dave also served at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to lead the Center’s rapid response team, forensic division, and cold case division.

Dave has been a training consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Penn State University. He holds a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. For the past several years he has served as an instructor in Criminal Justice Programs at St. Clair County Community College, in Port Huron.

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