Spare the rod, spoil the brat.
The later the stick of punishment is applied to bad behavior, the more harshly it must be wielded to achieve the desired effect.
Bad behavior must be punished. The Left’s decision to use harassment and intimidation against conservatives and Republicans is about as bad as behavior gets without becoming legally actionable. Up to now, it’s met no significant degree of punishment. Therefore, as it’s getting its practitioners some of what they want (including a shameful degree of satisfaction), it will increase.
The key to the thing, once again, is in the Left’s characterization of normal Americans as either stupid or evil. As time has passed, their preference has been revealed: to gain the ends they seek, they need to see us as evil. They mean well; we don’t. That’s where their “analysis” ends.
There’s no reasoning with one who considers you evil. There’s certainly no compromising with him. He’s out to destroy you. He’ll take whatever opportunity you offer to slip the dirk between your fourth and fifth ribs and twist it. Nor is there any way for you to convince him that you’re not evil. He assumes a priori that everything you say is ultimately aimed at his destruction.
At that point it becomes war to the knife.
We haven’t yet seen violence with actual casualties. But we will.
I know these are somber thoughts. I dislike them as much as any of my Gentle Readers. But the evidence leads in this direction and no other. The decisions that remain are purely tactical.
Our objective should be clear: We want it to stop. We should waste absolutely no effort on convincing our foes that we’re not evil. We should not imagine even for a moment that any gesture of conciliation or compromise would get them to calm down and return to normal discourse. They’ve abandoned discourse and have chosen destruction.
Then destroyed they must be. I have only one quibble: it’s not so much “we want it to stop.” Say rather: it WILL stop—whatever we might end up having to do to make it so.