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Editorial lauds prosecutor’s message to white supremacists

In this dark era in which the president of the United States coddles and endears himself to white supremacists, one federal official is having none of it. If you get a chance today, be sure to check out the lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal, which is entitled “Confronting the evil.” In it, the authors quote extensively from a recent press statement issued by a U.S. attorney from Ohio as he spoke directly to white supremacists while explaining his plans to prosecute a one such individual for transmitting threatening communications via interstate commerce.

As the U.S. attorney, Justin Herdman, put it:

The Constitution protects your right to speak, your right to think and your right to believe. If you want to waste the blessings of liberty by going down a path of hatred and failed ideologies, that is your choice. Democracy allows you to test those ideas in a public forum. If you want to submit your beliefs to the American people and get their reaction, please be our guest.

Keep this in mind, though: thousands and thousands of young Americans already voted with their lives to ensure that this same message of intolerance, death and destruction would not prevail. You can count their ballots by visiting any American cemetery in North Africa, Italy, France or Belgium and tallying the white headstones….

…[Y]ou have a God-given and inalienable right to be on the losing end of this argument. What you don’t have, though, is the right to take out your frustration at failure in the political arena by resorting to violence. You don’t have any right to threaten the lives and well-being of our neighbors. They have an absolute and God-given and inalienable right to live peacefully, to worship as they please, to be free from fear that they may become a target simply because of the color of their skin, the country of their birth or the form of their prayer. Threatening to kill Jewish people, gunning down innocent Latinos on a weekend shopping trip, planning and plotting to perpetrate murders in the name of a nonsense racial theory, sitting to pray with God-fearing people who you execute moments later, those actions don’t make you soldiers, they make you cowards. And law enforcement does not go to war with cowards who break the law; we arrest them and send them to prison.

The men and women of the community are allied with law enforcement, and every single member of law enforcement took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Together, we represent the best of what America has to offer. Our skin is every color you can imagine. Our families come from a hundred different countries and a hundred different faiths. What makes us different doesn’t split us apart, though; those differences are insignificant compared to what is the same about us: We are united in our commitment to each other, our families and our communities.

We are the living embodiment of everything you say is impossible. Together we are united to ensure that you commit no further acts of violence in the name of your beliefs.

Would that the president of the nation were speaking such eloquent words. Click here to read the entire editorial.

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