Justice by Keyboard Warriors
I’m sure you all heard about the Missouri State Senator who posted on Facebook that she wished President Trump would be assassinated.
How could you not hear about it?
It’s all anyone talked about for a while there.
Well, this morning, I wandered over to the Gateway Pundit and saw a headline that made me roll my eyes.
But to be fair, that happens to me a lot when I go to the Gateway Pundit (mostly because I am not a big fan of their liberal use of the word “BOOM” in practically every headline).
Any old how. Check out this headline:
PETITION Started to Remove Sen. Chappelle-Nadal From Office — AND Arrest Her
Now, I don’t mean to pick nits. But since when do we enforce the law or make arrests based on how many keyboard warriors go to a website and sign a petition?
And if we really are the side that respects the rule of law, representative government and equal justice under the law, do we really want to indulge in petition campaigns to force elected officials from office?
Call me crazy, but that sounds like something Leftists do.
Don’t get me wrong. Senator Chappelle-Nadal is a despicable woman. And I’m certainly not defending what she did.
But if she broke the law, it is for the justice system to determine whether she is put under arrest — not random anonymous keyboard warriors from all over the country.
Be honest. Is this the kind of “justice” you want to promote?
If we go by this rubric, Donald Trump would be in jail right now because some butt-hurt keyboard warriors signed a petition or voted in a poll on Twitter calling for his arrest.
When news reports broke about the White House petition to have Antifa classified a terrorist organization, I went to the White House petition site and discovered that over a million keyboard warriors signed the petition to force the IRS to release Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Which, if you are keeping track, is illegal for the IRS to do.
We don’t dispense justice by petitions.
It’s like the digital version of swarming the town square with pitchforks and torches demanding they burn a witch.
Now, there’s always going to be some numbskull who creates a petition to arrest someone.
But why on earth would any conservative or right-leaning website promote it and provide the link?
Do we really want to embrace this “Justice of the Mob” mentality so widespread on the Left?
If Senator Chappelle-Nadal is removed from office, that will be up to the Missouri State Senate.
It won’t be up to random keyboard warriors from all fifty states in the union signing a petition.
We are a representative Republic. Remember?
So what in Lucifer’s reach is the point of this moronic petition — other than making angry keyboard warriors feel like they’ve “done something” about this?
Likewise, a petition to have someone arrested is just a bunch of mindless nincompoopery.
“We must arrest this person because one hundred thousand keyboard warriors from around the world signed onto a petition,” said no law enforcement agency ever.
I have no doubt that the Secret Service is looking into what this thoughtless hothead posted on Facebook.
And we already know that the Missouri State Senate is going to look into this.
So, again I ask.
What is the point of this petition other than to make people who have absolutely nothing to do with this feel like they’ve somehow dispensed some kind of impotent, pointless version of justice?
Can we all just cut it out?
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5 thoughts on “Justice by Keyboard Warriors”
I remember not long after 9/11 and the attention started focusing on the Taliban, I got this e-mail being passed around by the liberal women in our work place. They wanted signatures on a petition that they were going to send to the Taliban demanding they start treating women better. They really figured if they got enough sigs that the Taliban would quake in their boots and acquiesce to their demands.
I laughed and said I am not signing any such thing. First line of attack against me was – “Oh you don’t care about women?”. I said no, its a complete waste of time. The Taliban would take one look at that petition and throw it right in the fire place. I was looked at like I was nuts, but that’s the progressive liberal for you, always living in La-La land and thinking that murdering savages would listen to what they told them to do.
These moronic petitions are typically nothing more than an effort to build a mailing list and only ever reflect which army of parent’s basement-dwelling dweebs is more numerous &/or irate. Always ignore them.
Sigh, not sure that the politician in question actually broke any laws – since when is expressing a ‘wish’ – no matter how despicable – a criminal act?
A petition to initiate a recall vote might be in order (and probably is) but what is being described is no more nor less than mob rule via keyboards – and no telling how many of the petition signers are repeats.
Want another slant on those on-line petitions?
Mine is this: There comes a time in someones (maybe everyones) life when something happens so horrendous that they feel so conflicted emotionally. (I am trying to make sense here so indulge me please.) We all experience things beyond our capacity to do anything about it. We want to do SOMETHING, but there isn’t anything! Inner turmoil out the wazoo. Seeing those petitions and signing them makes the person FEEL as though they have DONE something, therefore bringing them some sense of accomplishment. I surely hope that these people realize this on some deep down level, but if they only feel some measure of accomplishment toward a wrong they otherwise couldn’t do anything about, so be it. Can we just give them that moment of self worth, instead of a life of self inflected ‘woe-is-me’?
Ok, down off soap box and hope you all understand what I was trying to conveyfefe! MAGA
Last petition I signed was to have Def Leppard play my high school in 10th grade. I learned my lesson then.
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