Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Chicago Totalitarianism

Events last week in Chicago, in which a crowd of violent protesters and anarchists forced Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump to cancel his rally in the city, were extremely disturbing and a sign of the kind of totalitarianism that this debate has degenerated into it. To an extent, Trump and some of his supporters are to blame for this mess. They have never ceased to rough up protesters at their rallies. Trump himself has encouraged such behavior, even promising to pay the legal fees in case his supporters are sued by those they assaulted. Journalists too have not been spared.

When such a force comes to Chicago, violence should be expected. This after all, is America's most polarized city, with a history of violence that has ruined generations. It should come as no surprise that many of them were there not so much as to protest against Trump, but to simply stop him from saying anything else. A very nice message for free speech, indeed. It should also come as no surprise that many of them support Bernie Sanders, whose ultra-Left message has certainly charged them up, but whose false narrative of democratic socialism is nothing more than a garb for communism through the ballot.

This incident, more than anything else, really shows how high the stakes are, and more importantly, how high both sides have placed them. Initially, people said that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were two sides of the same coin. It seems him supporters are the same too. 

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