I guess I just have a hard time threatening violence over someone’s political statements. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been so staunchly pro-free speech myself, I don’t know. But it just baffles me how you can get so deranged that you want to hurt, or even kill, someone because they disagree with you. Then again, when you see the polls asking young people about the views on free speech, I guess it’s not so surprising to witness what’s been going on these past few weeks. For me, at the end of the day, politics is politics. There is a lot more in life than all this. But for some, it’s all they have.
And when they lose, someone needs to pay, perhaps even with their life.
All that being said, threatening someone’s small children over political speech is something that takes all that yet another step further. How sick, how disgraceful, must an individual be to take it to that insane level? As I said, I favor people being able to say whatever they want, as long as it fits in with the legal requirements surrounding free speech (and I speak of America, since some other Western countries are lacking, to be quite frank). That doesn’t mean that I love everyone. I’ve been slandered by people and outlets all over the world. Some of those folks, yes, I think I might actually hate them.
But going after their children in any way, much less with threats of violence? No. I would never even consider it. The same can’t be said for the people going after Cassandra Fairbanks on Twitter, of all places.
This is the most egregious example…
Cassandra seems to think she has pinpointed the culprit, which if true, is somewhat comforting. The thing that isn’t comforting is knowing that people like this are walking around in everyday society. Oh, and they’re being encouraged by celebrities and academics. What a time to be alive!
I hope this person, or whoever else may be the one responsible, is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Threatening people over political speech is abhorrent enough. But threatening children is just downright unhinged.