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Late last month, our Senator Bob Duff and Senate President Pro Tempore Looney announced “A Just Connecticut,” one of four legislative agendas for the 2020 General Assembly session. One item within this particular agenda “Combating Hate Crimes & Violent Right-Wing Extremism” would have Connecticut finance and create a new state police division specializing in “investigating FAR RIGHT extremist groups and individuals.”

Pardon me? Isn’t hate just hate, regardless of whom that hate is directed towards? Of course it is. Shouldn’t we be fighting ALL hate and especially ALL hate crimes? Of course. Are we intending, as this agenda item seems to suggest, to give a pass to hate crimes committed by “left wing” extremists? Of course not. I am sure that in their hearts, Senators Duff and Looney know all of this, but in a misguided attempt to incite partisan fervor, they choose to use dangerously polarizing language in connection with a very serious, emotionally charged issue. It shows incredibly poor judgement at best, but why should we be surprised?

Our state has been run financially into the ground for decades by our General Assembly and now two of its leaders would have us spend even more money we don’t have to score cheap political points. I am fairly certain ALL hate groups and ALL hate crimes are already very much on the radar screen of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If they truly feel the serious issue of hate crimes is not being adequately addressed in Connecticut by the FBI (or Connecticut State Troopers) perhaps Senators Duff or Looney should ask Governor Lamont or Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to apply pressure? Sure, it may not raise as much for political campaigning, but a few phone calls would certainly cost the state a lot less than a whole new police division, and they would actually be serving ALL their constituents instead of grandstanding once again.

Yet another example of why we need better leadership in Hartford.

Respectfully,

Alexander Davidson
Vice Chairman
Darien RTC

20 comments

Ron Morris February 8, 2020 at 7:11 am

Hate is hate, unfortunately most of it seems to come from the FAR RIGHT extremist groups and individual. This has got much worse since Trump has been President. Before anyone tries to deny this I would ask that you answer one simple question if you want any credibility. Do you condemn Trumps actions, behavior, bulling and words? YES or NO?

Non Partisan February 9, 2020 at 8:21 am

Ron. Good morning.

Unfortunately we Now live in a country of identity politics. Introducing legislation to curb “ hate crimes and conservative extremisM” is a dangerous And sickening way to equate Conservatives with extremist. The liberal left has been doing this for years and it fuels the fire of division.

And personally I find it offensive. I was born, raised and lived as a fiscally conservative Democrat. Resigned from the party due to this type of demagoguery.

Bryan Meek February 9, 2020 at 9:18 am

Alexander, Respectfully, Duff and many in his camp are not capable of connecting things like killing police officers and shooting congressman to left wing motives, even when the criminals identify that way. You are correct that they have destroyed this state financially and that this is a diversionary tactic to distract from their failures. Bob used the race card during the last election cycle based on lies and rhetoric, so this is not unintentional at all. It’s all he has left dividing us and sewing seeds of hate.

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John ONeill February 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm

@Ron — It’s going to rain tomorrow. I’m blaming Trump. It has to be a side effect of his climate policy. I agree Trump many many faults. That being said, Connecticut has no one to blame but ourselves for many of our current issues. Too many of our locally elected leaders who are currently failing us blame Trump. They use him as kind of a get out of jail free card. Wouldn’t you agree? I think both of us are smarter than that.

Ron Morris February 9, 2020 at 9:30 pm

Take notice how everyone is afraid to condemn Trumps actions or they agree with Trumps actions, behavior, bulling and words. That tells me more than I need to know.

John ONeill February 9, 2020 at 10:46 pm

@Ron – I think I did. I’m also blaming him for the crappy weather we are having tomorrow. Is there anything else? Would you agree our local elected leaders should not blame Trump for our current situation?

Sue Haynie February 10, 2020 at 6:43 am

This is a bigoted, partisan, will-be-challenged-in-court piece of legislation. Hate is hate, this piece of legislation is just bad politics.

John Miller February 10, 2020 at 6:42 pm

@Alexander Davidson: Although it’s hard to believe, I think we both know that this was done deliberately by Senators Loony and Duff and that it is little more than flagrant partisan grandstanding at its worst. There are and always have been extremest groups on both sides of the political spectrum but to target one side and ignore the other is patently and intelectually dishonest on the part of these two Senators who frequently act as of they are players on the national stage, which they are not. I came of age when the Ku Klux Klan was on one side of the political spectrum and the Weathermen and Weather Underground was on the other. Does anyone actually think that today’s alt-right and antifa are any different?
What I find much more dangerous and divisive is the identity politics which seems to be the cause du jour of the Democratic Party. The very nature of identity politics is to divide people into various advocacy groups based on things like race, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and on, and on, and on and then pit them against one another, which is exactly what Looney and Duff are doing here. This whole process is inherently racist and discriminatory and breeds the kinds of mind numbing partisanship that we see from the likes of Mr. Morris. This needs to stop and maybe reasonable people can actually collaborate and get some good things accomplished.

Ron Morris February 11, 2020 at 12:26 am

Mr Miller I am just going by the dirty facts. Sorry that you don’t like what you hear, but what I state are the facts. I would think that most thinking people would agree that the right has a major issue with racist and discriminatory mind sets. I will ask you the same simple question that everyone seems to be afraid to answer. Do you condemn Trumps actions, behavior, bulling and words? YES or NO?

Ron Morris February 11, 2020 at 12:38 am

John ONeill
Well to start with I do not believe that our current situation is as bad as some make it out to be. Does CT have some issues , of course and so does every other state. I believe that the ones that are doom and gloom about CT are the Republicans in lame attempt to convince the low information voter to vote for them. One would think that they would give up this game as it is clearly not working (ask Lisa). Maybe if they brought something to the table to fix what they feel is broken instead of pointing fingers they would have a chance.However they will have no chance in CT unless they call out Trump for what he is.
Wait you will see them pounce on me while ignore what Trump is. I could make a list a mile long but it is so disgusting it would not make it past moderation.

John ONeill February 11, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Hey Ron — All I want from our politicians is transparency and the truth. It seems like both are in short supply here in Connecticut. (And probably elsewhere) As far as our schools — I firmly believe many of our teachers are doing the best they can. It baffles me that their leadership isn’t being forthright publicly about the issues in our schools. A cynic would think there’s a reason for that. I think both of us are smart enough to be cynics in this case. Fiscally, CT is broke. We need to understand that. Fiscally, Norwalk is now spending more than we take in, so that’s not good. Life is rosy if you don’t look into the weeds. The problem from looking into the weeds is that the state has mandated programs which we can not afford locally. Yet, our elected and union leaders just keep rowing the boat in the same direction. That land mass they see from their row boat is an iceberg, not paradise.

Tom Belmont February 13, 2020 at 11:57 am

There has to be proof of this “Right Wing Violence”.Please show the proof. We know, for instance, the “AntiFa” group is violent. They have beaten Trump supporters in the past. It is shown on videos. The Extreme Right Wing is a term loosely used by the Manchurian Left Media and introduced by the Manchurian Democrat Party. The so called Right Extremists are generally a group of peaceful protesters and citizens who abide by the Constitution. For instance, thousands showed up with their fire arms at the Virginia 2nd Amendment Rally in protest to the Leftist Virginia anti-firearms legislature. It is the Left that has proven itself as violent and emotionally unstable. It has a history of bombings, murder and war…of its own people.

Kent H February 16, 2020 at 6:15 pm

Question for Ron and those that also pose this question about Trump and race –
What will you all say when Mike Bloomberg, a man with an awful lot in common with the current sitting president, wins/buys (trump) the Democratic primary and maybe defeats Trump and the questions start being posed – do you “name, name” denounce, object to, take offense to former Mayor Mike Bloombergs’ seemingly racists elitist policy known as stop-n-frisk?
Can you say awkward?

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