Violence isn’t normally the answer and isn’t to be promoted, however, 34% of Americans feel like it is justified.
The majority of Americans have not been known for laying around and just accepting tyranny.
America wouldn’t be a country if people hadn’t participated in violence.
Sometimes the government does not do what is right.
Sometimes the government needs to hear its people.
This is when 1 out of every 3 Americans says violence against the government is sometimes needed.
The Washington Post interviewed people and found out why they feel this way:
“Not too many years ago, I would have said that those conditions are not possible, and that no such violence is really ever appropriate,” said Spampinato, 73, an independent.
The notion of legitimate violence against the government had also not occurred to Anthea Ward, a mother of two in Michigan, until the past year — prompted by her fear that President Biden would go too far to force her and her family to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“The world we live in now is scary,” said Ward, 32, a Republican. “I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but sometimes it feels like a movie. It’s no longer a war against Democrats and Republicans. It’s a war between good and evil.”
When people are this scared of tyranny there is something wrong.
People are nervous that these poll results will mean more violence, especially since the Capitol attack last year.
CNN reports this poll comes just in time for the anniversary of the 2021 Capitol attack:
Thirty-four percent of Americans think violent action against the government is sometimes justified, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and the University of Maryland released days ahead of the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the US Capitol.The new figure “is considerably higher than in past polls by the Post or other major news organizations dating back more than two decades,” according to the newspaper. The survey, conducted between December 17 and 19, revealed stark partisan splits on the question: 40% of Republicans and 41% of independents said violence against government is sometimes justified, compared to 23% of Democrats.In a separate CBS News-YouGov poll released Sunday, 62% of Americans said they expect violence over losing in future presidential elections; 38% said they expect the losing side will concede peacefully. At least a quarter of Americans said “force might be justified,” depending on the situation, regarding issues like civil rights, gun policies, election results and labor.Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack, during which supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Of course, people on Twitter are excitedly talking about the poll.
Media freaking out over poll showing a minority of republicans believe political violence is justified while curiously omitting that for years, more democrats than republicans supported that position pic.twitter.com/vKRaezIp78
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) January 2, 2022
I’m sorry but clearly violence against government can **at times** be justified. After you finish panicking about these poll results, look up what the guy who’s on the $1 bill did. Schizophrenic ass country pic.twitter.com/ItsjIajsNk
— Hamilton Nolan (@hamiltonnolan) January 2, 2022
Most people on Twitter seem to think that violence is justifiable despite The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll stating only 34% see it as right.