Can’t We All Just Get Along?

So now that more evidence has come out that the AZ shooter was a few beers short of a six-pack, and wasn’t actually commanded or influenced by talk radio, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bush, Obama, Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Hot Air, Huffington Post, OR Jesus Christ himself, some are starting to calm down (a little). The recent trends I’m seeing are now that we need to “calm the rhetoric” and do more to “get along.”

Know what? I’d like to. Seriously, I really would. But I’m not allowed to.

You see, when people say things like, “Oh, we just need to agree to disagree” and the like, that’s not good enough — especially in politics. We can talk about “differing opinions” all we like — and I have no problem with opinions. What makes today’s politics different is force: today’s government wants to use force to make me do things.

That’s not a “difference of opinion.” That’s government sending men with guns to make me do things I don’t want to do.

For example, Washington, DC is considering killing and jailing people who do not shovel their sidewalks within 8 hours of the end of a snow event. Now, when I oppose that, that’s not a “difference of opinion.” That’s supporters of that law saying, “If you don’t agree with me, I will send men to kill you.” You cannot talk about opinions, when one side is willing to use force against peaceful people who are not harming anyone.

So talk about rhetoric and opinions and divisiveness all you want — but when you use government force to get your way, or when you support government using force to get your way, don’t be surprised when others use force to defend themselves. And of course, those who defend themselves against government force will be called terrorists.

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