I hadn’t really planned to write about the impending midterm elections but I‘ve been noticing some disturbing trends in social media and of course, I thought I would make a few comments here. When I use the word trend, as I did, I’m not referring to any particular topic or hashtag becoming popular, it’s a few people making disturbing statements.
Yes, it’s only a few, and no, I won’t lend them any credibility by displaying them here, but they are indeed disturbing, if they’re serious and not just a few kooks out there trying to garner some attention. In today’s climate, either is possible. I don’t think any of us need give someone the impetus towards violence though and that’s what these are referring to. Explicity calling for violence “if the Democrats fail in the midterms”, is not something anyone in this country should support.
We’re already seeing the results of incivility in our political system with some politicians encouraging their supporters to be uncivil. That alone is unacceptable no matter the party, but to call for violence because of an election loss, is despicable. I don’t know how many times in my life I’ve voted for a candidate who’s lost. Was I disappointed? Yes, but I didn’t then claim there was some sort of manipulation of the vote nor did I advocate violence.
I think that the reaction on November 7 is going to be interesting. I have no specific predicitons here, but it seems that everyone believes the Republicans will continue to hold the Senate – even pick up a few seats, and the House is a toss-up, where just a couple of months ago everything I read or heard assured me Democrats would win the House. I can tell it’s not a sure thing by watching CNN and MSNBC, where their pundits are having fits right now about the possibility that Republicans will retain control of the House as well. The venom spewed by some is remarkable.
Whatever the result, no one should be calling for anything other than the acceptance of the result. It is we, the people that cast the votes and determine the outcome, and we all need to respect whatever that turns out to be.