[Editor’s note: Jackson Vogel is the pen name of a longtime staffer in California’s legislature]

This message is for you, my liberal friends. Nearly every day, I see you in the workplace. You are my neighbors, with a shared love of baseball, football and basketball.

At the local bar, we share beers and celebrate life achievements. We brag about the tomatoes we grow and the fruit trees we tend to in our yards. I like you, always have and always will.

During World War I, my grandfather served in the British Army. In World War II, my father fought for the Canadian Sixth Army. Though American born and raised, they knew the key to defeating an enemy was to fight early.
 
Captured at Dieppe, France, my father would spend the next three years in a German Prisoner of War camp. As I was far too young, he never related his war experiences to me. He died when I was nine.
 
Although I never did get to hear his stories, he did have advice, including, “son, you don’t want to fight the Russians, they’re mean!”
 
More recently, I learned that my father had been imprisoned in a POW Camp near the Polish border and liberated by the Red Army advancing on Berlin.

Though conservative politically, he never had a cross word to say about the Russians or the Red Army. Indeed, I do remember him telling me that the day those tanks broke through the gates of his POW Camp was one of the happiest of his life.
 
In the global fight against Fascism, he had a front-row seat. I distinctly remember him telling me that “fascism can happen here.”
 
Far more concerned with the reinstatement of the Selective Service, I never gave this warning much thought. I was far more concerned with President Reagan when he reinstated rules for registering for military service. “You don’t want to fight the Russians, son. They’re mean!”

The warning against “Fascism can happen here,” always took a back seat. Until now, that is. Until just recently. The protests, riots and shootings that have taken place by opponents of President Donald Trump have concerned me a great deal.
 
To my Democratic Party friends, do these events bother you as well? Is this the party you signed up to support? Or are you just as shocked and dismayed by the recent violence?
 
In a piece written earlier this year, Chicago newspaper columnist John Cass said it best. On the post-Trump protests that have swept universities, including the UC-Berkeley anti-free speech riots, Cass wrote:
 
“The thugs call themselves antifas, for anti-fascists. They beat people up and break things and set fires and intimidate. These are not anti-fascists. These are fascists. This is what fascists do.”
 
Sadly, the outcry against the free and fair election that put President Trump into office did not end with these riots. Instead, it is just the beginning of the insidious war waged by his opponents, some of whom have even called upon the US Army to forcefully remove him from office.

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Some even want to see him killed. Sady, many are professors employed at our highest institutions of learning.
 
“To save American democracy, Trump must hang,” Fresno State University Professor Lars Maischak wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the president took office. “The sooner and the higher, the better.”
 
If that wasn’t treasonous enough, an earlier tweet asked, “has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?”
 
It would be one thing if the actions of Professor Maischak were unique, but they’re not.

In an even more chilling example of fascist violence, former Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ethics instructor Eric Clanton is accused of striking people with a bike lock during an April 15th rally against free speech on the campus of UC Berkeley, causing one victim to bleed profusely from a serious head injury.

Berkeley Police said they have identified three victims in the case, all struck in the head or neck with the lock.

Researchers at George Mason University recently released a study that aimed to quantify how President Trump’s opponents have used propaganda techniques to not only belittle his presidency, but incite violence against his supporters and the Republican Party.

It found Trump was the target of 1,060 jokes from leading late-night talk show hosts in his first 100 days as president. By contrast, there were 936 directed at Barack Obama in all of 2009. And in 1993, Bill Clinton endured only 440 jokes.


 
The study found that “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” was the worst offender with 337 jokes. “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” was next in line with 315. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was next in line with 231.
 
Yet the propaganda assault was not limited to late-night fascist hysterics. Comedian Kathy Griffin was photographed holding a mock severed head of Trump, a taxpayer-financed play in New York’s Central Park showed our president being stabbed to death and celebrities like Madonna told her fans that she “thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
 
Eventually, this resulted in gunfire, with some of us wondering why it took so long. James Hodgkinson nearly killed GOP Congressman Steve Scalise and wounded several others.
 
Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against President Trump and the Republican Party, had clearly bought into the fascist hate and propaganda gleefully spread by the President’s opponents.  
 
To my Democratic Party friends and family, you are the people I care most deeply about. I don’t think you’ve managed to tune this hate out. I think it alarms you just as much as it bothers me. I don’t believe in violence. I know you don’t either.
 
I am asking you to send a loud and clear message to the Democrat Party operatives that have turned a blind eye to the violence and hateful propaganda they helped to create.
 
The answer lies with you. Although we cherish the freedom of voting our conscience on Election Day, my request to you is this: Don’t do it.
 
Instead, send a message that you will not tolerate the hateful attacks that have taken place across the country. Don’t give these people license to carry on with the brutal attacks that have left people bleeding or suffering from gunshot wounds.

Take action now, before they gain enough strength to control you.

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