As illegal immigrants continue to pour over our unsecured border, the far-left in this country is dragging us over another line.
It’s the line between civility and hostility, civilization and anarchy.
This is America’s new border crisis.
Last Tuesday night, in yet another push of society’s precariously balanced envelope, a mob of far-left protesters descended on a Washington, D.C., restaurant to hound and torment Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she ate dinner, forcing her to leave. They also disrupted the peace outside of her town home Friday morning.
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant Friday night. The same night, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was accosted over her political views outside a movie theater showing a documentary on the gentle Mr. Rogers.
This is where we’ve come to in 2018 — where a conservative public servant can’t even eat in public or see a movie without being mercilessly abused all the way to her front porch. Liberal California Rep. Maxine Waters has exhorted her followers to show even more incivility in the days to come.
Let’s be real. Notwithstanding the rabid hysteria over separating kids and parents at the border — which happened under President Obama and under a court ruling — Sec. Nielsen is doing a most difficult job that we, through our elected leader, have asked her to do.
Nor is this the first time the left has driven a senior-level official from a public place. In February 2017, protesters blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a D.C. public school, verbally abusing her along the way. In December 2016, even before her father took office, Ivanka Trump and her children were berated by a fellow passenger on a commercial flight before he was removed from the plane.
The abusive passenger was said to ask incredulously, “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?” No, sir. You were removed for disturbing the peace and harassing a fellow passenger, who happened to be a future public servant.
Public service — indeed, just putting yourself out there to run for office — has become ugly and nasty enough without mobs of people stalking elected or appointed officials through restaurants and movie theaters.
What happened to Sec. Nielsen is a frightening escalation of far-left hatred and assaults on civil society — which include attempts, sometimes successful, to prevent conservatives from even speaking in public.
They’re not only becoming more brazen in their tactics but more naked in their twisted pride at further coarsening society: One of the chanting pack of cretins who attacked Sec. Nielsen during her private time — with the restaurant’s happy acquiescence, sadly enough — was an impenitent Department of Justice employee, Allison Hrabar, described as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
OK, let’s just assume the Golden Rule is dead. Long live anarchy? What if conservatives decide to plague liberal leaders and their families at dinner thusly? Or Department of Justice employees?
Is that the kind of country the far-left wants?
Do they really want to cross that border?
Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff
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