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Protest not an excuse for violence

President Obama and President Elect Trump shake hands after their first meeting on Thursday, November 10.
President Obama and President Elect Trump shake hands after their first meeting on Thursday, November 10. | Source

Protest is great. I actually think that the 1st Amendment is the greatest doctrine entered into law anywhere, ever. While I don’t agree with every point that people are making on either side of the aisle, I champion their right to speak and be heard. Loyal opposition among people and the freedom to disagree is one of the things that makes this country truly great.

Freedom of expression, however, ends where that freedom begins to infringe upon another’s rights. So the violent protesters, I have zero time for. If you are angry over the belief that Donald Trump is a misogynist, racist, sexist, etc., I fail to see how destroying someone else’s property either helps fix the problem or makes you feel any better. I don’t see how screaming “Go back to Mexico” at someone simply because they are of Latino descent helps further your cause at all. Even the act of marching and blocking streets without a permit put your perceived rights above any man or woman who is simply trying to get home from a day of work. Anger is not an excuse for infringement upon another’s rights and that knife should cut both ways no matter who you voted for.

If people want to change the Electoral College, then petition your representatives to do so. Don’t smash store fronts. If you think Trump is the end to America, then make your voice heard. If you are a Trump supporter, don’t help perpetuate racist stereotypes with hate and violence.

Peacefully assemble and protest at will. You have my support. Just respect the rights of people who either do not agree with you or don’t care one way or another. Don’t destroy property. Don’t perpetrate violence.

The truth is that while social issues, terrorism, and immigration rule the media airwaves, most people vote based on what is most important to themselves and their families. It is their right to put those beliefs ahead of all other concerns and it is hypocritical to give people the freedom to choose and then chastise over 49 percent of the country (either way you voted, that is the percentage that disagrees with you) for not caring more about issues that they feel do not affect their life.

And for those of you who widely blanket those who voted for Trump as misogynists, sexists and racists, do you believe it is fair to label Clinton supporters as people who endorse her “extreme carelessness” in handling classified information? Would it be fair to say that those who voted for Obama or Bush (W) support use of hard drugs, because both of these men admitted to using in their life? Would it be fair to say that anyone who voted for Bill Clinton is a supporter of repeated adultery or abusing power for sexual gain?

The one thing I am sure of is that I do not have the ability to see into someone else’s heart. I can’t presume to know the reasons a person voted one way or another. I simply respect their right to do so. If love truly trumps hate, then shouldn’t we all?

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Sanxuary 3 weeks ago

I disagree. Protest only work when you our given a voice and if you our ignored then its time to take more action. The question is what action can you take and what will work to have a voice in the process. Right now people need to protest in order to serve as a warning to limit those who serve an agenda that allows them to violate the liberty and freedom of others who do not serve them. We rebelled against the British and had a Civil War, how nice it would have been, if a peaceful protest had solved the problem. I have no interest in instigating anything but maybe a book on how to survive Martial Law or how to Protest and not be choked by tear gas, beaten by clubs and arrested might be a New Best Seller.

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