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--By Sharon Gunter on --
I’m for light hearted teasing, appreciate jokes as much as the next fellow although I can never seem to recall the punch line, enjoy harmless practical jokes, and sarcasm is also in my vocabulary though many don’t catch the dry humor.
This political year has been more aggressive and angry than any I can recall since the early 60’s. As a teenager, I recall the fear it generated, the loss of human dignity and life. We appear to have returned to those years of racism, disrespect and intimidation to generate fear and silence.
I observed this first hand by many admitted racists at the Cumming Country Fair earlier this month. Some even stole my personal items from the Forsyth County Democratic Party booth. Now the spineless intimidators are trespassing on private property removing political banners for candidates they don’t support, riding the bumpers of cars containing a single female for miles along less traveled roads, while others stoop to yelling obscenities and hand gestures. I still believe stealing is stealing, a thief is a thief, a bully is a bully and the implication to do harm whether it is physical, social, financial or mental is just as evil as the act itself.
But today, they have crossed the line from freedom of speech from one adult to another to disrespecting and degrading the office of the President of the United States. Obviously they do not understand when one disrespects the person they disrespect the office and are teaching this attitude to countless innocent children all the time coming from party members who seem to think GOP stands for God’s Own Party. Reagan’s Southern Strategy ran deeper and was more successful than he could have imagined. GOP appears to stand for Gang of Prejudiced-persons.