The state of our nation’s political discourse is turning disturbing before our very eyes, and the victims of this rage are growing younger by the day.
This country was built on the principles of freedom, with one of the most poignant freedoms we have being the right to express ourselves how we see fit, barring only, of course, inciting of violence and hate speech.
The Founding Fathers knew that, by allowing us this open dialogue, we would be better suited to solve the problems that our rabble rousing nation would face.
What these iconic Americans never expected was that this liberty-laden nation would be torn apart by the ruling class, divided directly down the middle, and then soaked in figurative gasoline by the absurdists in the mainstream media.
Now, in spite of the freedom to express themselves being explicit in our nation, college-aged republicans are receiving death threats from their fellow Americans.
A group of conservative students at SUNY Oswego who hosted a “Build The Wall” campus display Tuesday were hit with a barrage of violent messages on social media that included slurs, expletives — and even death threats that talked about shooting, jumping and greasing them.
The reaction to the Young Americans for Freedom display was so intense that campus officials denounced the messages, launched a police investigation, and reminded students about free speech rights.Advertisement - story continues below
Tyler Toomey, chairman of the YAF chapter at the New York-based public university, said his group is working with campus police to hold those who sent the messages accountable.
“Threats of violence against students should not be tolerated regardless of their political view. We are disgusted that our peers are threatening violence against members of our organization,” Toomey told The College Fix via email Wednesday.
Despite the efforts at dissuasion, these young republicans were overly optimistic in the early hours of the day.
“We had several great discussions with passing by students and we were only treated to dirty looks in terms of negativity at the table,” Toomey said. “After the event, social media blew up into a storm of bullying harassment and then turned to violent threats of shooting, jumping, and ‘greasing’ our members. To make matters worse, soon after, these offenders targeted our direct messages with their threats of violence.”
Once again, we should be implored to remember that diversity of thought is what makes our country incredibly strong. We must allow every American to share their beliefs, unfettered save for the hate speech, in order to push forward into the 21st century.