- - Thursday, February 9, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Over the past year the media has incessantly promoted the idea that conservatives (and more specifically “Trump supporters”) have been inciting violence and hate across the country. The truth is precisely the opposite. Examining the violent crimes that have taken place in the past year reveals that the Democratic Party is responsible for inciting the violence, and that this pattern of oppression through violence is repeated throughout history as far back as the Civil War.

According to the FBI, in 2015 violent crimes were up from 2014 by 3.9 percent, and the murder rate spiked by 10.8 percent. This trend was particularly visible in Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, cities heavily dominated by Democratic legislatures and strict gun-control laws. These three cities account for more than half of the increase, and the trend continued into 2016.

Recall the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. These protests were riddled with rape, drugs, public defecation, the desecration of war memorials and the destruction of public and private properties. The Occupy movement supported communist leaders in Chicago and was endorsed by the American Nazi Party and President Obama, who stated, “We are on their side.” The House Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, sent out an email urging leaders to sign a petition supporting the growing movement. Violence was also on display in the Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore riots, which had the support of Baltimore’s Democratic mayor.

But let’s go back even further. The Civil War represented a battle between the pro-slavery Democrats and the anti-slavery Republicans. Southern Democrats so desperately clung to slavery that they fired the first shot near Fort Sumter, choosing war over equal treatment of their fellow man. Following the war, Southern Democrats founded the Ku Klux Klan.

To say that every Democrat supports this pattern of violence would be unfair, I know many that are wonderful people. But why would someone choose a party that has been historically oppressive, rather than the party that has promoted liberty and equality through personal responsibility and appropriate legislation?

MARIANNE GASIECKI

Sioux Falls, S.D.

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