Thank God that nobody was seriously injured Sunday afternoon at the Castro Valley Fall Festival in Northern California when a man shouting curses about President Trump allegedly tried to stab Republican Congressional candidate Rudy Peters with a switchblade knife. Luckily, the knife malfunctioned and failed to open, and Peters, a Navy veteran, was able to fend off the attacker using a campaign sign as a shield. The attacker fled the scene. Police later arrested Farzad Fazeli on charges of felony assault, criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and possession of a switchblade.
I guess if I were a liberal, I would blame this attack on the switchblade. Being a conservative, I blame it on Fazeli and the malfunctioning switches in his head. It’s tempting to blame it on leftist politicians and media figures, who have been making false accusations and ginning up anger and violence against Republicans for nearly two years, and who continue to do so even after the shooting at the Family Research Council office, the near-fatal shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and the aggressive badgering of Republicans, including my daughter and her family, in public places.
Admittedly, it would be easy to blame their evil behavior on those encouraging it, such as Rep. Maxine Waters – who now claims she was not threatening Trump voters and staffers when she called on people to confront them in public, jokingly adding (because she apparently thinks that encouraging violence is a joke), “I did not threaten (Trump's) constituents and supporters. I do that all the time, but I didn't do that that time." Ha-ha!
It’s interesting how easily Waters’ media defenders brush off her open calls for violence, while crying that when Trump encourages supporters to boo “fake news” at rallies, he’s fomenting physical assaults on reporters and attacking democracy itself.
But again, as a conservative defender of free speech, I refuse to blame one person’s behavior on another’s sick and irresponsible rhetoric. But I do blame the people spouting the sick and irresponsible rhetoric for being sick and irresponsible. And I blame anyone who would actually vote to keep them in a position of power for enabling their reprehensible rhetoric. I’m sure Fazeli will end up getting his head examined. Anyone contemplating voting to put people like Maxine Waters back into the leadership roles of Congress might want to consider a similar course of action.
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