When will people learn that Incitement is not Free Speech?

Antifa, Resist, Trump
Antifa, Resist, Trump

Tragedy struck yesterday in Virginia when Congressman Rep Steve Scalise and several others were shot by a gunman while at a GOP charity baseball practice. We later find out that the shooter was none other than a Bernie Sanders supporter and was also part of the “Resistance” movement. Folks, this is not free speech. This is incitement. There is a difference.

Ever since this liberal Resistance movement, or what I call a terrorist organization, has taken off, the United States has almost become a war zone. This all began with incitement. The difference between incitement and free speech is, incitement has the potential to encourage or manipulate a person to harm or kill someone.

Incitement like this, that Hollywood celebrities and liberal and socialist politicians have been calling for, has been going on in Israel for some time since Hamas formed into the terror organization that they are. Hamas uses propaganda to instill in young Arab children and even women that their purpose in life is to kill Israelis.

There’s not much difference when you have Madonna saying the White House should be blown up or Kathy Griffin holding a bloodied, decapitated head of the President. Then there’s Snoop Dog and his video depicting the assassination of the President, just like Whoopi Goldberg’s shirt. Bernie Sanders encourages people to “resist” and the new DNC Chair Tom Perez tells the President he will be his worse nightmare.

Words matter. It is not right for these celebrities or politicians to promote such behavior. If you look at the tactics of Antifa, they are not that different than the riots caused by the Palestinians in Israel. Antifa should be deemed a terror organization. Look at the play that was recently produced simulating the assassination of President Trump. All of this adds up to yesterday’s tragic event. If people are not held accountable for speaking threats then it will continue to happen.

Free speech, which is our protected constitutional right, is an awesome right that we, as Americans, are blessed with. We have the right to agree or disagree with our ELECTED government officials who serve a specified term lasting only two, four, or six years (depending on the office) and we can vote someone else in.

There is no excuse for the hatred and incitement displayed toward President Trump and the Republican party. This Resistance movement needs to stop. We all need to work together making America safe again to the point where we can have different opinions without fear of terrorist acts of violence.

I urge the media and politicians to take the time out to listen to the little guy because we often know what they are talking about. I have been warning about incitement because I have seen how it works with radical Islamic terror groups. We can prevent tragedies like this in the future. Just listen to the people who voted for you, after all, you represent them.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.