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What is the world coming to when a neighbor attacks another neighbor for putting up a political sign on their lawn? 

On September 3, at about 9:30 AM, I decided to put up a political sign on my front lawn for a person that is running for the State Representative in my district.  I already had signs up for Biden and US Representative Slotkin.  One of my neighbors offered to help because she knows I have balance issues walking up the slope.  As we were putting in the sign, another neighbor (who I did not know) was walking his dog, and asked me:

“What can Biden do for me?”

I responded by saying:

“If I need to tell you, I cannot help you.”

At this point he got very belligerent and angry.  He then said:

 “Biden is a fuc—- moron and hides in his basement.

He then commented on the other two women, for whom I had signs up:

“They are fuc—- whores and cun–!”

He then approached me in a threatening manner and I asked him to keep his distance, since I was not wearing a mask.  (Both my wife and I are in the EXTREME risk group).  I raised my cane to try to ensure he kept his distance.  He then spat on me.  I could see large droplets coming my way.  I was probably 4 to 5 feet away from him at this time.

I had my Tahoe back door open, and I sat down on the bumper area when he spat on me.  He then tried to take a swing at me, but missed.  He then proceeded to slam the Tahoe rear door on the top of my head. 

I pulled out my iPhone to capture this on video, and he called me a:

 “Fuc— Socialist and Communist”

As he started to walk away, the neighbor said that I better take care of my head, since it appeared there was a skin flap from the injury.

I did not see any blood, so I immediately determined that I needed to figure out where this neighbor lived.  I drove around the block to get a better picture of him, and try to figure out where he lived.  

He threated me by saying:

“I’m going to break your fuc—- car with my shotgun!

I looped around the block one more time to see if I could see what house he went into.  I saw him stop at what I believed was his driveway.  When I turned the car around he was already in his house.

I immediately went to our County Sheriff’s sub station, and filed an assault charge against him.

The neighbor who helped me witnessed all that occurred in front of my house.

The Police took my report as well as taking a picture of my injury, took a report from the neighbor who helped me, and also talked to my assailant and his wife.  The Police officer came back to my house and told me that his wife said he is a diabetic, and when he gets low blood sugar he gets angry and belligerent.  She believes he had low blood sugar that made him so angry.  The Police officer also said that the assailant claimed he did not slam the Tahoe’s back door on my head.  He said I banged it when I stood up. The Police officer asked the couple if they had any guns.  They indicated they had, and that they were locked up, but did not have any ammunition.

The Police officer asked me what I wanted to do.  I told him that I wanted to press charges.  He will fill out the required paperwork and I may hear from the Prosecutor’s office if and when a court date would be set.  The neighbor was not taken into custody, since this would only be a misdemeanor assault charge.

The assailant is a relatively new resident in my subdivision.  There are Trump and Biden signs scattered throughout the subdivision.  He has several Trump signs in his yard.

GETTING BACK TO MY ORIGINAL QUESTION: What is the world coming to when a neighbor attacks another neighbor for putting up a political sign on their lawn? 

Many of the words that my neighbor used were almost verbatim of what I have heard on FOX news.  Yes, I watch multiple channels in order to get a balanced perspective on news.  Trump has rightly challenged that violence must stop.  Unfortunately, he does not challenge the violence that comes from his supporters.  

Trump’s poisoning of the very character of our country is now a personal issue for me.  His encouraging people to act violently against those who disagree with him, and even offer to pay their legal expenses, is beyond the pale.  If you have ever watched movies of what happened on “Kristallnacht” in Germany in 1938, I saw the same hatred in the eyes of my neighbor.  Drawing similarities between what Hitler did to the moral compass of Germany’s citizens and Trump’s actions is not irrelevant, or a misinterpretation of what we are becoming.

If a deranged person, or a person who does not properly take his/her medication, can demonstrate the level of anger I experience today because of a love for Donald Trump, we not only need to remove Donald Trump from office, but we also need to make sure our gun laws are changed to protect against ‘sick’ people from having access to guns.  That is why I am voting for Biden!

By the way, I am currently not a gun owner.  However, I will be purchasing some guns to protect us from my neighbor.  Yes I do support the second amendment, as does Biden.

We all need to think about what might happen if Trump is defeated.  Some of his deranged supporters may take violent actions against their neighbors who support Biden.

We are “One Nation under God”, but we need leadership that works to keep us together not divide us.  May God help us in these difficult times.

Please consider voting for Biden in November.  I know we are in a Republican area, and I have been Republican in the past, but, there is more at stake than what you might think.

Richard Michalski