Wayfarer wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:32 am
PeterC wrote:it clearly had political character.
Well, I see your point, but I don’t see how saying that ‘it’s the Right’ actually does anything other than fan the flames. It’s criminal behaviour which I completely agree is being excacerbated by the hateful rhetoric of POTUS. But I would like to think that neither these acts, nor Trump’s hateful rhetoric, are actually representative of Republicanism per se. So I think depicting these acts as criminal, rather than as political statements, is more accurate.
These acts are criminal, but that does not make them apolitical. They are at best excused or condoned, and at worst encouraged by the political right. Nobody seriously debates this, yourself included I suspect. You believe that a more conciliatory approach to the political right will yield better results. I disagree. The high road takes you nowhere - indeed it plays straight into their hands. "You see," they will exclaim, "these are the acts of a small number of crazy people, they don't represent us." Your line of argument makes it all the easier for them to say this.
I'm not sure what 'Republicanism' means these days. If I were to define it, I would do so based on the actions of those who profess it, rather than the philosophical premises by which they excuse those actions. On those terms, it is a very ugly thing, of little merit, deserving condemnation.
Edit. Of course the most direct way to deal with this problem would be mass controls on gun ownership, for which there has been majority political support for some time, and which is consistently opposed by the republican party. However you look at it, you cannot 'depoliticize' these acts.