There is something odd about the defacing of Forrest Dunbar signs across Anchorage.
Let me give the ideological, logical, and prosecutorial arguments against these being conservatives, at least any that you and I know or have ever met.
Logical: Why say TAX and not MASK?
I know half, or more, of my friends hate masks. They hate them because they are ineffective, because they give false security, because they are virtue signaling (or compliance signaling), and they are a visual reminder of how different our country is than the country they understood and fully loved a mere 15 months ago.
Many folks may have been worried about taxes 16 months ago. Hardly anyone talks passionately about taxes in my personal groups since COVID. Certainly not strongly enough to break the law by trashing an opponent’s sign.
Ideological: Conservative Cancel Culture?
The main mode of operation for the Left over the last five or so years has been to cancel anyone they disagree with. We see this with conservative speakers who are shouted down, conservative judges who are falsely accused, doctors who supported Hydroxychloroquine, folks who want to allow travel without a “vaccine passport” and any of a hundred other issues that disagree with left-wing orthodoxy.
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The cancel culture strategy of dehumanizing opponents with unquestioning righteousness does not exist in conservative circles. As Classical Liberals we live by the motto: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will die defending your right to say it.”
The reason I don’t know anyone who writes stupid messages on Forrest Dunbar signs might be because I don’t consort with stupid people, or it may be because classical liberals and conservatives don’t use this type of violent tactic to stop free speech.
Prosecutorial: You find them, I’ll help prosecute them.
I was at a meeting yesterday, and was able to ask Dave Bronson a question: “Dave, do you know who is defacing Forrest Dunbar signs?” His answer should interest you.
As close as I can remember, Dave said: “I don’t know who is doing that. I have asked all my supporters to provide any evidence about who they are, and I will help to prosecute them.”
As they say in the movies, “Is that definitive enough for you?” These are not Bronson folks, at least not the ones he wants. Whoever they are, we aren’t friends.
May I offer an alternative theory or two?
I believe that two possibilities are likely here.
- There are truly foolish far-right activists who don’t understand how awful, counterproductive, unconstitutional, politically destructive and frankly stupid it is to deface an opponent’s sign.
- There are truly devious folks in another political hemispheres who understand everything in the previous sentence all too well.
Bronson requests: If you see something, say something and help stop whoever is disfiguring political signs.
The views expressed here are those of the author.