So, for the first time since the Civil War, America has become a lawless and worrisome place to do any sort of significant politicking.
This is the new reality, undoubtedly fueled by the mainstream media’s lust for blood and guts, and the tuned-in people seem more than willing to oblige. To be a willing sacrifice to the marketing machine that wants rage and anger to hook the viewers into watching yet another 2 and a half minute marathon of car insurance commercials.
And, thanks to this feverish feeding frenzy of the emotional economy, we are now forced to face a reckoning of political violence the likes of which even our grandparents couldn’t fathom.
U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for New York governor, was attacked by a man who apparently tried to stab him at an upstate event Thursday but the congressman managed to escape uninjured, his campaign said.
Zeldin was giving a speech when a man climbed onstage and appeared to begin wrestling with the congressman, said Katie Vincentz, a spokesperson for his campaign. A video of the event in Perinton posted on Twitter showed the man appearing to grab Zeldin’s arm before the two fall to the ground as other people try to intervene.
Zeldin’s campaign said the attacker was taken into custody and the congressman continued his speech. He is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul this November.
How dare we treat our nation, and those who founded it, like this? We are Americans. We are the freest nation on the planet. We are the melting pot, where the diversity of thought is paramount to all other options. We are a nation of laws and order and opportunity. And to see us devolve into this sort of dystopian dreamscape is not only disheartening, but disturbing as well.