Do you feel it? It's everywhere. On television. In the newspaper. At any public gathering. In any discussion—even among friends. It's a feeling of mistrust.
Nervousness. Suspicion. Even rage. Mostly, it's just under the surface. But more and more it's bubbling to the top. Political debate is breaking into outright war. Just say the words, "I don't believe government should do that..." and the war is on. Take a side. Feel the heat. Tolerance is a thing of the past.
There is an all out, vicious attack on anyone who doesn't respond properly. Ridicule. Intimidation. Public shunning. Destruction of careers. Removal from public meetings. All await those who express thoughts outside the politically-correct box.
Climate change skeptics are scientists who have gone beyond the hype and conducted their own research, and made their own findings. It's what scientists do.
For their efforts they have been fired—discarded—blocked from receiving grants—banned from publications—and threatened. They've been compared to holocaust deniers – called nuts, crazy, and dangerous. Al Gore himself has called for violence against them. Others have called for Nuremberg-style trials—government show trials—to present them as enemies of humanity simply because they disagree with official government reports that are proving more and more to be wrong in the first place.
In other examples, property owners seeking to ask questions at city council meetings about a new regulation that may affect their land are denied the microphone – sometimes even bodily removed from meetings by armed guards.
A pickup truck in Shreveport, Louisiana, is pulled over by a cop. When asked why, the cop simply points to the bumper sticker on the back of the truck that says "Member of the NRA."