By Chris bunch
Editor at FMM, YAF leader and Social media contributor to the Libertarian Party
I open my laptop mid-class to find that a comment I placed on a Buzzfeed Facebook post has now hit 600 likes and several, might I add, nasty comments. It's a late October day in 2016, Every single day the media is hurling all they possibly can at Donald Trump and it seems the political tide is turning and Hillary Clinton is bound to be our next President. Myself, being a Gary Johnson supporter felt fairly neutral about all of these things mostly because whoever won it would be a win for big government and I quite honestly was daydreaming of who us liberty lovers could put out to slaughter in 2020, all courtesy of the two-party "duopoly." This day was different, The post was calling Donald Trump dangerous, incapable and downright evil without directly using those words. Obviously this sort of political mudslinging was easy to engage in
on the Clintons many nefarious actions. The comments I received after I hit send shocked me beyond any belief and beyond anything this election had thrown at me. I received death threats, was told to kill myself, told that if I didn't believe that Clinton was the closest thing to the second coming that it would be absolute curtains for me and that I was nothing but a racist, bigoted,hateful,destructive, threatening and all encompassing embodiment of all things evil. No joke. What was the worst was a message I received demanding I delete my comments or they would share my Facebook on the deep web with a claim that I was a racist who deserved a form of "justice" If you're unfamiliar with the deep web just know that after a few clicks and a (rightfully) untraceable bitcoin later I could be dead. It hit me like a bus, someone who barely knew me wanted me Dead. Someone who glanced at my Facebook comment was willing to hire a deep web hit man to silence me or at least was willing to boldly float such a drastic measure for at that point thousands of people to immediately see.
This is the political climate we live in. Opinions mean more than facts, crazily supporting Donald and crazily supporting the left without much inbetween. Individuals who don’t conform to those two massive movements are thrown under the bus. This discourse may be funny but the dark truth is that ultimately it leads to “fire and fury” in the war of words.