This morning the door to the clown car popped open and clown #1, John Kasich, pops out and says Trump has created a "toxic environment" and yesterday's violence is all Trump's fault.
Then out pops Little Marco, who after an obligatory nod to Obama, announces, "Words have consequences…perhaps I wouldn’t say Mr. Trump is responsible for the event tonight. But he most certainly has in other events used some pretty rough language, encouraging the crowd.”
Then, sadly, the third clown, Ted Cruz — an honest-to-goodness Constitutional scholar — who says Donald J. Trump bore responsibility for “creating an environment” that encourages violence at his events.
Kasich, Rubio, Cruz and the Republican elites, those boys and girls with their dachas by the lake, have chosen to side with MoveOn.org, Black Lives Matter. Occupy Wall Street, and terrorist Bill Ayers, with Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary "What Difference Does It Make?" Clinton and the other progressives who are methodically destroying this country, by BLAMNG THE VICTIM!
The only thing Donald J. Trump is guilty of is engaging in free speech.
Since Kasich, Rubio and Ted Cruz, who supposedly, as a teenager, memorized the Constitution, seem to have had some sort of mental malfunction on the First Amendment, here's a quick refresher from Justice William O. Douglas, written in 1949 for Terminiello v. City of Chicago:
Accordingly, a function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. Speech is often provocative and challenging. It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea.
On a micro scale, a lot of people who read this blog are self-defense trainers. Probably all of us (or at least all of us of a certain age) are familiar with the classic quote uttered by John Wayne in his final movie, THE SHOOTIST, as the great dying gunfighter John Bernard Books:
I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.
It's a magnificent quote, delivered so well it takes your breath away, but how many of us teach that quote as a foundation for self-defense, that is, the justifiable application of violence? How many times have we — Janich, Seeklander, Hayes or I — said that spoken insults are legal grounds for a violent physical response? Do we teach that "fighting words" are grounds for a punch in the face or a quick draw followed by a very loud noise? Is there a seminar at the Rangemaster Conference this weekend that explains which words that, when uttered with passion, allow us to respond to that person with physical violence?
We have had 7 years of the most vicious divisiveness since the Civil War. The Democratic elite, led by the President, have sought to drive spikes between black and white, rich and poor, to instill the obsessive class consciousness that paves the road to socialism. As Hillary Clinton noted in a speech today, "Sometimes when you play with matches, you can get burned."
So Ted, Marco, John, maybe before the Tuesday primaries you can give us a list of words that won't be permissible, a list of thoughts and opinions that we won't be allowed to utter without facing massive social media shaming, in your administration? Because what you're saying is the Thought Police will remain in place, you'll just be giving them new velcro patches for their brown shirts.