After Alexandria Shooting, Progressives Must Hold Their Own Accountable on Guns and Political…
Ladd Everitt

Americans are dealing with the most authoritarian administration in U.S. history, by a long shot. Impending fascism is a legitimate concern. Donald Trump has no respect whatsoever for the rule of law under our Constitution, the delicate checks and balances that undergird our democracy.But violence is not the way forward. Democratic organizing is.

If you ask me, this particular delusion is part of the problem. There’s a long and deep running strain of American thought that suggests “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Ladd, you lost an election. This is not fascism descending upon America. Trump is a lot of things, but he’s no Mussolini, let alone Hitler. When you say that, you cheapen what fascism, real fascism, actually was. You are becoming an active participant in dehumanizing your political opponents. Fascism was something out grandparents fought and defeated, and they didn’t do it with democratic organizing; they did it with guns, tanks and artillery. Few people are going to argue that what our grandparents did in Europe was unjustified.

I don’t think you own what this dude who shot Scalise did. But that courtesey should be extended by both sides. People with reasonable differences in opinion don’t own the actions of whack jobs who don’t get the subtleties of metaphor and hyperbole. But the only way we can be sure this remains an issue of democratic action is to stop dehumanizing and deligitimatizing our political opponents.

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