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The Sickness Spreads
Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2018 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 10/30/2018 4:23:48 PM PDT by Kaslin

Just in time for Halloween comes a former male stripper, who drove a van with Trump stickers plastered all over it, being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of President Trump.

The New York Post headline was the cleverest: "Caught Red Hatted: Steroid-abusing Florida stripper driving Trump van is charged with Dem bomb spree."

The Post reported that the accused, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was said to be lost and a "sick individual" who is estranged from his family, but eventually "found a father" in President Trump. He also hates his mother, according to Ronald Lowy, his Miami attorney.

Well, yes, you wouldn't expect a stable individual who loves his mother to do what Sayoc is accused of doing.

Predictably, many of those who were targets of Sayoc's pipe bombs, some of which were incapable of exploding, are blaming President Trump for inciting people like Sayoc to go beyond verbal attacks and engage in dangerous, unlawful behavior.

Some on the right point to language used by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), former Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama and others (the New York Times published a review of a novel, the plot of which revolves around the assassination of President Trump with the aid of a rogue Secret Service agent). Those conservatives claim that left-wing rhetoric is mostly responsible for widening the political divide and polluting civil debate.

Just in time for Halloween comes a former male stripper, who drove a van with Trump stickers plastered all over it, being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of President Trump.

The New York Post headline was the cleverest: "Caught Red Hatted: Steroid-abusing Florida stripper driving Trump van is charged with Dem bomb spree."

The Post reported that the accused, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was said to be lost and a "sick individual" who is estranged from his family, but eventually "found a father" in President Trump. He also hates his mother, according to Ronald Lowy, his Miami attorney.

Well, yes, you wouldn't expect a stable individual who loves his mother to do what Sayoc is accused of doing.

Predictably, many of those who were targets of Sayoc's pipe bombs, some of which were incapable of exploding, are blaming President Trump for inciting people like Sayoc to go beyond verbal attacks and engage in dangerous, unlawful behavior.

Some on the right point to language used by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), former Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama and others (the New York Times published a review of a novel, the plot of which revolves around the assassination of President Trump with the aid of a rogue Secret Service agent). Those conservatives claim that left-wing rhetoric is mostly responsible for widening the political divide and polluting civil debate.

While many in mainstream media deplore everything for which the right stands, I think they secretly enjoy the conflict because it boosts ratings and sells newspapers. Conflict always attracts a larger audience than comity, but that is no excuse for contributing to the conflict.

Our anger at government and politicians solves nothing. The country is divided. It has always been that way. The focus should be not on winning a war of words, which is impossible so long as the name-calling continues; the focus should be on winning the battle of ideas and what works best in promoting the welfare of most Americans.

If that sounds naive in our polarized environment, what would you suggest? Clearly, what we are engaged in now isn't working. As the late Glen Campbell sang, "Try a little kindness." It's better than sending bombs through the mail. It's also better than behaving rudely in restaurants.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bombs; bombthreat; calthomas; cesarsayoc; nevertrump; nevertrumper; nevertrumpers; nevertrumpertrolls; sayoc

1 posted on 10/30/2018 4:23:48 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Has he gone soft in the head and is suggesting that the Right or Trump is in ANYWAY to blame for these events?


2 posted on 10/30/2018 4:33:37 PM PDT by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at Amazon.com)
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To: arrogantsob

I’m still stuck on ‘male stripper’...

(They must have low standards for those down in Florida...)


3 posted on 10/30/2018 4:36:14 PM PDT by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it")
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To: Jamestown1630

His act probably emptied out the club for the night.

But he could have been hot in his 20-30s.


4 posted on 10/30/2018 4:38:18 PM PDT by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at Amazon.com)
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To: Kaslin

Today etiquette is a lost art. Everyone would benefit from courteous behavior.

Slinging mud at one’s opponent doesn’t ennoble you or improve the character of society.

Be kind to someone and watch everyone’s disposition brighten.


5 posted on 10/30/2018 4:49:09 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forev)
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To: arrogantsob

In the pics I’ve seen, he looks kind of sad and empty.


6 posted on 10/30/2018 4:51:47 PM PDT by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it")
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To: Kaslin

Yes and the GOPE dogma of pre-emtive surrender, embraced by people like Cal, is what got us here. Trump fights back and that is what is necessary to roll back the societal rot that has taken over.

Either the GOPE bots learns to fight, or they should just retired and get out of the way.


7 posted on 10/30/2018 4:59:40 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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To: Kaslin

Yo Cal

Compare and contrast Conservatives behavior towards Obama vrs that of the Left towards Trump

That alone shows you who Cal who he should be lecturing about civility.

Trump does give fire, he fires back. Past time someone on the Right learned to do so


8 posted on 10/30/2018 5:11:00 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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To: goldstategop

GW Bush tired that and it just about destoried his Presidency

Being kind to political fascists just emboldens them.

YOU MUST fight. Political bullies, like the Left, are NOT appeased with kindness since they see it as weakness.


9 posted on 10/30/2018 5:13:10 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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To: Kaslin
....being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of advocated violence against Republicans and President Trump.

Fixed it!

10 posted on 10/30/2018 5:17:07 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Boycott The NFL! Molon Labe! Oathkeeper)
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To: Kaslin

Simple solution. It’s so easy to end the strife.

Democrats need to stop trying to rule and vote Republican.


11 posted on 10/30/2018 5:23:13 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry


12 posted on 10/30/2018 6:35:17 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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