Social media and the media operate using trends while ignoring and erasing everything that happened a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.
In the age of “insurrection” hysteria, here’s a little flashback to September 2020.
In September, 44 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats said there would be at least “a little” justification for violence if the other party’s nominee wins the election. Those figures are both up from June, when 35 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of Democrats expressed the same sentiment.
Back in June, more Democrats supported violence than Republicans, but both figures are likely within the margin of error.
This one is from earlier in 2020
On the question of outright violence, Americans are slightly more subdued. Only 16 percent of Americans believe that using violence to advance political goals would be even “a little” justified. This number is essentially equal among Republicans and Democrats. When asked to think ahead to the possibility of losing the 2020 election, that number grows to 21 percent of Americans. Republicans and Democrats are again basically equal in their approval. For both parties, losing power through elections makes alternatives to elections more palatable.
But now that the Democrats are in power, we’re supposed to pretend that they always believed political violence is bad and that Republicans are the dangerous ones. So the media is blowing up this particular story. This entry is from NPR, but it’s representative of the media echo chamber.
A ‘Scary’ Survey Finding: 4 In 10 Republicans Say Political Violence May Be Necessary
39% of Republicans? Well, that’s scary. Oh, but it’s actually a lower figure than survey results from September for both Republicans… and Democrats.
NPR, like other media publications, never bother reporting on the level of Democrat support for violence. That’s a good reminder that our media literally operates like a propaganda service out of North Korea, China, or Russia.
And isn’t even pretending to be anything else.
Democrat support for political violence may have dropped. Not because Democrats have become more peaceful, but because they’ve taken power. The Bolshevik support for political violence against the regime vanished the moment that they became the regime.
But even that’s not clear.
The American Perspectives Survey being used as the source rigs the violence question by asking it in terms of the use of violence for issues that Republicans favor.
A majority (55 percent) of Republicans support the use of force as a way to arrest the decline of the traditional American way of life. Forty-three percent of Republicans express opposition to this idea. Significantly fewer independents (35 percent) and Democrats (22 percent) say the use of force is necessary to stop the disappearance of traditional American values and way of life.
Nearly three in 10 (29 percent) Americans completely or somewhat agree with the statement: “If elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves even if it requires taking violent actions.”
What would the numbers be like if the question had asked if violence is necessary to stop racial oppression and discrimination? Or a leader controlled by Russia, or defending the right to an abortion? But we are in the propaganda zone here. And it’s important to identify and expose the lies.