Has the increasing tone of possible post-election violence should Trump lose, the spattering of troubling stories of planned violence before then, the continuing rhetoric of a "rigged" election process and its believers increased anger over it, and the increasing fear and anxiety of the populace as reported by the media reached the point where official offices of the government (FBI, NSA, Justice Department, the Presidency) should speak out?
At this point, can anyone leave their head in the sand and ignore the potential for violence, now only 22 days before the election?
Are the current discussions over the internet and in the media enough? Should the discussions point to official government agencies getting involved and speaking up to try to alleviate the growing anxiety (and address the reactionist rhetoric)?
Not since 1964 has the level of political schism been so deep, so filled with bile. But, in contrast to 1964, the current schism feels deeply personal, whether you back Trump or hate him, whether you back Clinton or hate her. In my experience, it is when things are deeply personal that the potential for violence is at its greatest. Isn't it time for a national recognition of this threat to our internal security?
I believe it is, if only to remind the populace of who we are, as a nation, and what it WILL MEAN if action is taken in support of either side of this schism.
And this reminder should be solidly directed at the instigator(s) of this schism, warning of, and defining, their culpability should the talk become action.