In her farewell address, Melania Trump said:
“focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself. Be passionate in everything you do, but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified.”
I wholeheartedly disagree. I always will heap scorn on stupid ideas like “violence is never the answer.”
Sometimes, violence is the only answer.
- Would the Jews have been justified in using violence to prevent the Nazis from sending them to the camps?
- Is a woman justified in using force to resist her rapist?
- Were the founders justified in using force to resist the British?
In a system where one side is the aggressor, the intended victim has only one choice: Violent resistance, or submission leading to slavery and death.
Ask Stalin’s victims how that worked out for them.
What if one side were imposing their will on the other, eating their sustenance and stealing their wealth for their own benefit?
The victims of this tyranny try to voice their opinion and are told they are wrong, then told to sit down and shut up. The victims next try to use the legal system, but are denied. Then some of them attempt to protest, but are called terrorists. They are told that anyone who would protest or resist will be made destitute, or perhaps shipped off to camps to be ‘reeducated.’
Would violence be the answer then? Or should they meekly accept their fate? Perhaps she should remember the Romanovs before she disavows all violence.