Innocent Shakespeare in the Park or violent assassination incitement of the President of the United States?
Kathy Griffin holding up a severed head of the President.
Stephen Colbert's tirade and obscenities.
And the list goes on and on...
Is this resistance or are things perhaps going too far for political discourse?
Whatever your views, does the rhetoric need to get any hotter or more violent in this country.
Cooler heads and compromise need to prevail for anything positive to come from all this.
Is it not still possible to unite under the shared values of freedom, human rights, and democracy that we all presumably hold dear and use these to advance our common cause?
At least twice now protesters have stormed the Shakespearean stage calling the incitement as an evil portrayal reminiscent of those like Nazi Propaganda Minister, Goebbels (may his name and memory be erased).
The other side pretends nothing is going on and says, but it's only Shakespeare.
Demonstrating against the actors' nightly violent portraying (and perhaps undisguised wishing for) the killing of the President, the plays' protesters are themselves summarily dragged off by security.
Nothing seems to stop the shrill words, calls for violence, and violence itself.
Just last week, we had the unreal and gross shooting of Congressman Whip, Steve Scalise, at an early morning baseball practice with his colleagues.
For those who care to glimpse down the road, what happens from here as we seem to forget who we are as people and as a nation, and we let extremists take over the agenda.
I doth fear (a little Shakespeare myself here) that the problem with extremism and violence is that it can too easily beget more extremism and violence.
Incessant name-calling, an avalanche of punches by the media, hostility on college campuses towards free speech, SNL just poking fun (is this really so funny anymore), an inciting Shakespearean play, plus marches, protests, and then taking things too far.
Like the closing in a classic Shakespearean tragedy...should we all not fear how this will end? ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)