I say this quite a bit but I would be just another internet male who would be accused of privilege or tears if I don’t phrase it this way in this context. I’m a gay middle eastern man, my family and I escaped a brutal dictator and arrived to America, home of the brave land of the free. I’ve been a die hard Democrat liberal but sadly the landscape of the left, I felt my saving grace, has been taken over by the same thing we ran away from. People’s lives being ruined, slanderous and malicious lies simply because you disagree with someone. There were agents of the B’ath party living on every block that reported any dissent to the regime. Your family, friends turn on each other for the hope you would be passed on from being targeted. Thankfully we left and didn’t have that happen to us but when I hear oppression in the context of these people it’s disappointing. I may be an alarmist but having partially lived thru it and having relatives who also escaped in time it’s a scary thing to even consider. Thank you for this article, it’s a breath of fresh air and I hope some take it to heart and at least see a compromise. For me, you just earned yourself an admirer and follower. All the best to you and best of luck.