When Is Violence Appropriate?

History is replete with incidents of people joining together to overthrow their oppressors. A mass of people can certainly violently overthrow the wealthy few. Unions also have histories of violent actions to accomplish their goals. Wars between nations have engulfed the world more than once.

Acts on individuals because we disagree with their political views is a new low. Can that ever be justified?

I am unconvinced that so-called “hate crime” legislation is a good thing. I don’t think beating a person up for one reason should have a stiffer punishment than if it is done for a different reason. The problem is the failure to prosecute in one instance while prosecuting in the other. Justice should be blind.

All politicians should denounce attacks on any politician. All groups should denounce attacks on any law-abiding group. Police should enforce laws to maintain order – regardless of the political stance.

The idea that you win an argument by not allowing your opponent to speak should be an idea that everyone finds abhorrent. We should all denounce groups who use tactics of disruption to keep law-abiding citizens from exercising their first amendment rights.

I want to see all people treated with respect and dignity. Violence is rarely appropriate. It has become too common.

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About Me

I’m a retired chiropractor, real estate broker, married for 45 years with 4 children, 6 grandchildren. I completed the MBA and pre-med curriculums and worked for IBM for 3 years before going back to chiropractic college.

Now I spend my time taking care of grandkids, reading, thinking, teaching, and speaking. I enjoy helping others succeed.


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