A lot has been going around the web about the riot, not-so-affectionately nicknamed the “Battle of Berkeley”. The short summary is that over the weekend, left wing extremists showed up at a free speech rally held by mostly right wingers with the intent of shutting them down. In doing so would have been the third time in three months going back to the UC Berkeley riots in January. This time, the right wingers got fed up and fought back. What does this mean for politics and life as a whole though, not only in Berkeley, but the rest of the country as well.
In US Politics now a days, the “enemy of my enemy” philosophy seems king. But isn’t this a dangerous thought? Should a conservative support something just because liberals dislike it? Or vice versa? The short answer is absolutely not! In U.S. politics though, this seems to be the norm. If POTUS says something that upsets liberals, conservatives jump on board blindly. On the flip side, liberals, no matter how good of an idea, vigorously attack it! But why is this dangerous, or better yet, a cause for concern?
It’s undeniable that the American political landscape is becoming more and more hostile. As a conflict of ideas turns to a conflict of fists, a lot of us are sitting here wondering, what’s next? Are we really heading down a path where our political camps turn into armed camps?