Letter: Political rage a product of far left minority


I find the Arizona Republic columnist Elvia Diaz’s selective outrage (“Revulsion over the latest mean tweet encouraging”, Opinion, AZRep, 7/2/17) to be disingenuous at best, dishonest at worst. I won’t defend Donald Trump’s juvenile tweets in reaction to the coordinated trashing of his character. I firmly believe he should let his policy actions speak for themselves and contain his tweets to those policies. He is absolutely correct that his tweets get his message past a media intent on burying anything positive his administration accomplishes. But Diaz’s piece ignores that his critics, instead of attacking his policies, have used unrelenting personal attacks against him and his family – which used to be off limits in politics, attempting to discredit him with slander where politics won’t succeed. Yes, he is easily baited, and that weakness, when he lashes out in response, is then used against him. The liberals then console each other, accusing him of being “mean-spirited”. Their defense of their own actions, which range from insulting to simply vicious, encourages the type of violence seen at the congressional ball game. The political rage, and ensuing violence, infecting our country is a product of the far left minority that has decided that any means is okay to achieve their ends. Whether we like Donald Trump or not, the vast majority of our citizens find this political atmosphere to be toxic. Americans of all political beliefs need to denounce rhetoric that endangers our political system. To remain silent is to be complicit.

Jim Barber

Mesa, AZ


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Deva1961 1 year, 9 months ago

Gosh, Jim. Maybe you shouldn't have voted for a guy who obviously thrives on, and actively encourages, that toxic atmosphere. For myself, I like the tweets- they tell me everything I need to know about 45. Without any input from "the media" needed. But what happens when your hero tweets something that deeply offends another thin-skinned overgrown playground bully? Like, say, Kim Jong-Un? 45's lack of self-control could easily get us into another world war.


Pfalbo 1 year, 9 months ago

Item by item, Jim, responding to your remarkably-- even for you-- out of touch, rather 'poor us,' whiny, rant.

No one trashes trump’s behavior, Jim, they merely report what he says and does.

That you have the unmitigated gall to criticize anyone in the press for having “... used unrelenting personal attacks against (trump) and his family – which used to be off limits in politics, attempting to discredit him with slander where politics won’t succeed,” after the irrational, continuous harassment, the lies of Birtherism and bigoted attacks at Obama and his family the past 8 years clearly demonstrates you are that much out of touch with reality.

And you are proud liars.

Recall, Jim, it was not the Democrats loudly threatening to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights if they lost the 2016 election. It was whacko morons from your right wing. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Roger Stone, Ted Nugent: all names of right wing fanatics pushing for violence against the Liberals.

Your NRA now even advocates a war against Liberals.

You must be so damned proud, right now! Your opinions always support the viciousness of those divisive, extreme talking heads.

You already are complicit, Jim.



Deva1961 1 year, 9 months ago

Obama endured eight years of the most vile personal attacks. How often did he whine about it? This is what you get for voting for a thin-skinned, self-absorbed overgrown spoiled child.


Pfalbo 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you for pointing out this new reality of the viciousness and toxic political atmosphere here in the US.

It is a terrible thing, indeed, and absolutely out of the blue.

Liberal rancor against a truthful, kind, gentle, knowledgeable, widely respected leader like trump is inexplicable-- especially since the republicans, right-wing media and right-wing-nuts did not spend the last 8 years attacking the 'Kenyan' Obama, 'gorilla face' Michelle, or the 'monkeys' that are the Obama children.

No sir, the sweet, innocent, Christian repubs showed nothing but acceptance and respect for the Obama's and liberals.

A repub friend told me the republican controlled congress did nothing to stop Obama and his socialistic agenda. He claimed the repubs cratered, giving Obama everything he wanted!

He was serious.

This, in spite of the fact that Senator Mitch McConnell, promised and tried to do everything in his power to ruin Obama.

The NRA now incites a 'war' against liberals. Maybe Sarah Palin can draw a few more crosshairs on liberal politicians?

Of course, the right-wing media kings-- Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Stone, Nugent and Fox News-- well, sugar wouldn't melt in their mouths.

Who is complicit creating today's political atmosphere?

Look in a mirror.


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 8 months ago

"absolutely out of the blue", well not completely, there are many deeply entrenched political views that are at the heart of the division and arise from real cultural, economic, and political differences.