In ordinary times, you would likely never have known the name Adam Kinzinger unless you happen to be from his home state of Illinois. But, today I think it’s safe to say that at least 85% of the adults in the U.S. know who Adam Kinzinger is. In case you’re one of the 15% who don’t know, a brief summary …
Adam Kinzinger is a Republican legislator who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. Kinzinger became known for his vocal opposition to Trump’s claims of voter fraud and attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Kinzinger was one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment, and one of only two Republicans to vote to create a select committee to investigate the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, to which he was subsequently appointed. Due to the open hostility from members of his party, Mr. Kinzinger announced last October that he will not run for re-election in November. In 2006, Kinzinger was named the Wisconsin Red Cross “Hero of the Year” for wrestling a knife-wielding man to the ground and disarming him after the man had cut the throat of a woman on a street in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Adam has a wife, Sofia, and one son, Christian.
A few days ago, Mr. Kinzinger’s wife, Sofia, received this letter …
I found breathing impossible as tears welled in my eyes when I read that … I could feel the evil, the hate emanating from those words. For the rest of the evening, I felt on the brink of crying, felt that if I let it start, I would never be able to stop. There are many people — politicians and religious leaders — whom I despise, whose faces I would spit in given half a chance, but never in my wildest thoughts would I even consider threatening violence against them or their families. This, my friends, is the difference between a human being and a gun-toting neanderthal.
THIS, my friends, is who we are becoming. The political divisions in this nation are leading to murder, to corruption, to destruction, and to widespread violence that I believe is inevitable in the coming months. We the People have allowed politicians, have allowed our own greed, have allowed our sense of entitlement to bring us to this place. We have forgotten our humanity and somewhere along the way have lost our sense of compassion, of empathy, of caring for others.
When we value our guns more than our children, when we pretend to believe the lies our politicians tell us, even though we know better, and when we believe that somehow one person is better than another because of skin colour, religion, gender affiliation, or any other criteria, then we are contributing to the kind of behaviour that cause this maniac to send this letter to Sofia Kinzinger, contributing to the likes of the teen who went into a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, aiming to murder Black people just because their skin was darker than his.
I hope law enforcement officials are able to track down the writer of that letter and that they will have the guts to prosecute and imprison him, for he does not deserve the privilege of walking on the same streets as the rest of us. However, it’s more likely they won’t find him, if they even look, and that eventually he may carry out his threat. And worse yet, he is only one of many such creatures who believe that violence is the solution to their problems.
This nation is rapidly losing its humanity, is becoming a violent banana republic overrun by people who care only for their own fortunes and to hell with those of us who cross them in caring for the greater good. This letter-writer has convinced me that, while I know there ARE good people in this country, there is no longer a collective good, no longer a majority of people working toward a greater good. R.I.P. former United States.
Thanks for this post, Jill!