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

11 thoughts on “WHAT IS HAPPENING TO US?

  1. Carolyn

    I am sorry this happened to you. Even if the gentleman has low blood sugar anger issues, he should own his behavior and apologize Take care.

  2. richardjmichalski Post author

    Carolyn, It is hard for some Trump followers to “own” their own behavior when they are being led by someone who does not accept responsibility for his own actions and encourages violence.

  3. disappointedresident

    Unsubscribed. Totally jumped the shark on this one. You should have waited a day to cool down before posting this. The bias and over looking of statements of support repeatedly made by Biden and Harris for Antifa and BLM and their policies for mandatory taking of guns is stunning.

    1. richardjmichalski Post author

      Dear disappointed resident, If you think waiting a day would have changed what I posted you are wrong. What this neighbor did is wrong PERIOD -FULL STOP. I am sorry if you cannot see a cause and effect relationship between the rhetoric that Trump has stated and the violence that has now been inflicted upon me by someone who was spouting the same words from Trump. I pray you you, all those who may agree with you, and our country.

  4. Colleen Barkham

    Richard, I find your neighbor’s behavior unbelievable! There is no excuse for the physical and verbal assault you received from that idiot! Just another example of the sickness in our society! Yes pray for those who are so full of hate and confusion! Sorry this happened to you Richard! You take care!

  5. oldmoparman


    I’m sorry you think this guy is typical of Trump supporters, or is somehow “inspired” by Trump. I will say that anyone that thinks an over the hill, 77 year old person that is losing it, is somehow up to the demanding job of just being President, never mind being endlessly attacked by the political opposition and illegal dirty tricks, you are sadly mistaken. It is amazing that Trump has been actually able to do as much as he has. BTW, ignore the media coverage of him and any social media posts by him. It will only bait you… If you think socialism and big government will do something for you, you should know it will be “TO YOU”. This woman, Harris, is off the cliff on policy. If and when Biden loses it, she will be running the country. If you think Trump has been out of control, she would make him look like an amateur. Biden has been servicing the public for 49 years and just NOW, he is going to fix things, is both illogical and naïve.

    I hope you get your “justice” just like all of the business owners in Seattle, Portland, and Kenosha. Those were Democratic supported, and encouraged to happen, for no justifiable reason other than politics. Then again, Biden will “fix” it all… Right! Your tagline reflects the last 4 years of BS impeachment and the defeated coup attempts of a duly elected President and “Impeach the MFr” that started before he ever took office.. The rudeness and attacks on administration and Republican politicians has been horrific, like the shootings at the baseball game, and even Rand Paul being attacked outside the convention last week. THAT might be more concerning, than a local idiot harassing you.

    Please do everyone a favor and keep your politics to yourself as most everyone else does. If you have a problem with a neighbor, do exactly what you did and leave US all out of it. If you are going to use your pulpit to promote your politics, then you should identify yourself as such and people will decide if they want your brand of vitriol. Watching is more than proselytizing. Thanks, John Sanderson

    1. richardjmichalski Post author

      Sorry you feel the way you do, but quite frankly, on this issue, I feel that I am doing the community a service, as I have over the past 7 years on this website. To not recognize that this individual (who happens to live in our sub) was not influence by Trump may be your opinion, but I have the wound on my head to prove otherwise.

  6. dianeobennett

    Richard: I am so very sorry that you have had such a terrible experience. I worry that this sort of event will become commonplace. I have had yard signs taken but never had to confront an angry neighbor. Please keep us posted on what happens with your complaint.  Diane Bennett

  7. Diana

    Thank you Richard for sharing your story. Having a bully in the WH has brought out the worst in his followers. We can’t wait to vote in November.
    Be well-
    Keep doing your good work here on the blog, too!

  8. Lisa

    I am so sorry this happened to you! I don’t care if he is diabetic and had low blood sugar, he should have been an ADULT, stayed in his house and taken care of his issue. Please prosecute this man to the fullest extent, his behavior is unconscionable. I am so sorry you feel like you need guns, it is so sad but I don’t blame you!


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