OK, so I have had a lot of fun lately being an asshat, and I'm gonna put the snarkiness on the side for this post (hopefully but no promises due to what might come my way lol)
I'm curious about what people think about the "idea" that since Steve Bannon is being accused of being a white supremacist, that means that all those connected with the admin or even extending to the voters who cast for Trump are that as well. I haven't seen a policy that has been submitted (the idea "floated" I understand Trump isn't in office yet so no "policy" has been put forth) that would point that Bannon hates any specific ethnic group and of course with WS comes the idea of hating Jews.
Snopes writing that Bannon ISN'T a White Supremecist
But 8 years ago, one of the favorite criticisms of then candidate Obama was his connection to Bill Ayers and Rev Wright. The hue and cry was that you can't hold then candidate Obama for the "ideas" of those he surrounded himself with,.So, if you can't hold Obama to this standard, why is Trump (and more importantly his voters) tied to this?
A larger question is this; The last time I checked, even if we take the accusation of Bannon's outlook as truth, they aren't illegal, so I'm confused about why the climate in this country is so quick to decide what people can think? I got a call from a friend I lost touch with on Christmas day. I hadn't spoken to him in 21+ years. He worked with me in NYC and called me "the coolest white boy he ever met" when we worked together. Back then I spoke to him about that, and he said being Puerto Rican he hadn't had any real good experiences with white people, and I was the first who he liked. So if I took his view to the logical conclusion, he might be called racist against whites. But his actions have never been hurtful and even if he had strong felt animus towards a ethnicity he has a right to think this. So where do the critics get the hubris to tell others what to think and try to shame people
As of my research, it is illegal to slaute the "Nazi" salute in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Repiblic. The pu nishment varies from jail to fines. But in the US it isn't illegal, and certainly there is a political party that espouses Nazism. (No it isn't the republicans btw) So where is this established that the left has the right to inflict punishment on those who think and agree that way? Looking forward to your responses