When I hear people on the left referring to former President Trump as a psychopath and his millions of supporters as Nazis, homophobes, insurrectionists, white supremacists, domestic terrorists, etc., I am reminded of what I was taught early on in boot camp decades ago: Demonizing the enemy gives you “permission” to do whatever you want to them — kill them, brutalize them, incinerate them, vaporize them, annihilate them, torture them, bomb them into oblivion, and if this happens to their families, that is OK because they are just collateral damage.

It seems to me, too many people on the left are doing just that: Demonizing conservatives gives them permission to defame them, lie about them, ruin their lives and the lives of their families, silence them by booting them off the internet, suggesting they shouldn’t have jobs, suggesting “re-education” is needed for them and their children, etc.

Even in New Mexico, our own Mark Ronchetti, who just wanted to return to work as a weatherman, is catching flak from the “Society of Professional Journalists” because of his political beliefs. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t think a “weatherman” can be considered a “journalist.”

Have you ever heard Ronchetti say one political word when reporting on the weather? I haven’t.

(Are members of the Society of Professional Journalists really true journalists, or are they just spokespersons for the liberal left? Perhaps a real, honest journalist should investigate them and find out.)

For the good of New Mexico, for the good of the United States of America, this sort of thinking, talk and action needs to stop right now.

Unfortunately, I believe this is only the beginning. The folks on the right need to be aware and prepared; the folks on the left have learned very well what I learned in boot camp so many years ago.

Kenneth V. Moulton

Rio Rancho