The United States is under a severe, ongoing terrorist attack. You probably think I’m going to talk about the white-nationalist scourge we are currently suffering, but, while that is a factor in it, that’s not the offensive I am going to describe.
I am addressing the relentless stochastic terror campaign being waged against the people of the United States, our immigrant population, and those seeking to relocate here. It is being carried out by the president, his administration, and his propaganda arm at Fox News.
Stochastic terrorism is the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of violent acts, which are statistically probable, but about which specifics cannot be predicted. The examples of the public demonization and fearmongering by these entities against the American people and the immigrant community are countless and relentless.
The Daily Show (it is a sad commentary on our nation that comedy shows are broadcasting much of the most accurate and informative news we can access) recently aired a one-and-a-half-minute montage showing Fox News commentators using phrases such as “invasion,” “flood,” “demographic replacement” and “fake news” more than 30 times; just the tip of a very large iceberg.
The president echoes these hate-filled sentiments in virtually every public appearance he makes. It is quite apparent this hate and fearmongering are going to be the cornerstone of his re-election campaign.
And, there is little doubt instilling terror in the immigrant community is the goal of this administration. If it were about the law, as so many choose to rationalize it, the CEO and head of human resources at the food-processing companies raided in Mississippi would be in jail. They aren’t.
That these words and actions are, indeed, inciting violence is undeniable. Several of the recent mass shooters targeting minority populations have issued manifestoes with quotes directly from the president’s mouth.
The question becomes, is the utterly predictable violence we are experiencing a conscious goal of these right-wing campaigns? I am not, yet, cynical enough to believe it is.
I suspect it is merely a side effect, like the headache they get with their Viagra, that they deem to be acceptable.
When are decent Republicans (there have to be at least a few left) going to join the rest of us in shouting “Enough!”
— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.