I posted something a couple of weeks back about a significant reduction in the number of people wanting to be officers in that town. I can’t say this type of activity is more commonplace there as a result?
It’s not just a handful of easy-to-link demographics. It’s not just particular geographic locations. It’s not just “the other side” that we want to demonize.
It’s our culture. And it’s disturbing.
In some respects the way we bicker here is a sanitized, filtered expression of that culture. The fight reflex. The need to win. Don’t back down. The need to win by crushing the other guy. Out in the open (rather than in the safety of distance from the other guy’s internet avatar) the expression of that culture becomes physical.
And I fear we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg so far.