The following report exemplifies what it means to be a leftist: It's about acting out based on emotion, based on feelings (their feelings of course, never yours) without regard for the consequences or whose rights are being trampled in the process. The only "rights" that matter, are theirs. The only feelings that matter, are theirs.
Betta Stothart, a 52-year-old Maine resident and mother, recently stole 40 Trump lawn signs simply because seeing them made her "angry."
"It felt to me like there was a small group of people really trying to impose their political ideology on the community," Stothart explained to the Portland Press Herald.
"It felt like an affront, and a little disrespectful, to have so many there."
Stothart, of course, dealt with it the only way a leftist can -- by violating other people's right to free speech and stealing their property. In an OpEd for the Washington Post, Stothart wrote of her foray into lawn-sign pilfering:
I committed a crime this month, along with two of my friends. I’m not the lawbreaking type. In fact, as a 52-year-old mom, my life is pretty predictable and boring. But this election, a particular candidate’s boasts about women pushed me over the edge.
In the suburban, upper-middle-class part of Maine where I live, Republicans and Democrats live together mostly in harmony. In every election cycle, there’s some tension. But the 2016 presidential campaign has been different. Tensions in my town are running at a fevered pitch.
Which is how three middle-aged moms came to be running down the road, tearing up the Donald Trump signs along our version of Main Street. We’d been talking about the infamous Billy Bush tape and the women who have since come forward to share their own stories of abuse. We were angry. Getting Trump’s name off our median strip seemed like the best way to express our rage.
Yes, because arguing a point of view calmly, using logic and reason and facts often proves too challenging for leftists.
She goes on to write:
The escapade was not premeditated: We simply jumped into my Jetta wagon, drove down to the strip and got to work. In all, it took less than 20 minutes. We grabbed about 40 signs and threw them in the hatchback. I hadn’t really thought about what I would do with the signs; I just wanted them gone. At the time, we believed we were doing the right thing. There were so many Trump signs up and down our main drag — it was destroying all sense of equilibrium in our community.
Operative sentences here: I didn't think about the consequences. I just "felt" like I was "right" and "I just wanted them gone."
Well, now Stothart is facing the consequences. She and her cohorts were caught mid-act by Falmouth police. He confiscated the signs and now the suburban house-mom turned social justice warrior faces paying a $250 fine for each stolen sign:
... the Falmouth police happened to spot us as we were preparing to leave the scene of the crime. The officer was kind, informing us that we had stolen someone else’s personal property, which had not really entered into my mind while I was doing it. He took the signs and sent us home.
Of course it didn't enter into her mind -- because like anyone who acts out of emotion -- she didn't think.
Stothart says that she plans to apologize to David Jones, chairman of the Making Maine Great Again PAC and the person who owns and distributed the signs to Trump supporters around town.
"I know a lot of people are out there this year pulling down signs, but there are better ways" to deal with the rage, Stothart ceded after she had been caught.
Indeed, there are.