We need to stop being so accepting of and lenient with violent protestors. Charging 217 in DC with felony rioting is a good start – but it’s generations overdue.
Talk, walk, march & speak. Blog & pamphlet. That’s part of our heritage & most will support doing so – or should. Or at least not complain. It’s our right as Americans under the Rule of Law.
But setting fires? Destroying cars? Breaking windows? Blocking highways? Nope. Occupy the office of a university president? Burn up a limo that is the livelihood of some blue collar worker? Go to prison.
Without consequences there can be no law.
Since the 60s, a few illiberals in every generation have decided some obscure, usually stupid thing suddenly is vital to protest. They’re nothing but wannabes on the Vietnam protestors who protested something that actually mattered.
And learned the wrong lesson.
Had the protestors of the 60s the courage of their convictions, they’d have stood up, not burned down and then run away to Europe or Canada.
Had the parents of the Baby Boomers refused to accept their nonsense & refused to let them run to Sweden, had the parents and the protestors supported the rule of law, they’d have protested and willingly gone to jail rather than to Vietnam. Because America would not have imprisoned 100,000-200,000 sons of the Middle Class, the protests would have accomplished something: the war would have stopped years earlier, a million Vietnamese and tens of thousands of American lives would not have been lost. Which is what the protestors said they were about.
Had we not accepted their violent lawbreaking, academia arguably would not have become the festering swamp it has.
But we treated those stupid kids with kid gloves and their parents refused to hold them accountable for BEING Americans under the rule of law. We have been reaping this seed since.
Protesting the System to get actual results is what Trump’s voters did peacefully, calmly, without trashing the Mall, and without rancor. Protesting the System is what Trumps’s inauguration speech was all about. He will be far more effective than stupid kids burning cars or breaking windows. Or stupid women acting out as though biology gives them different rights. Talk about sexist.
Democrats have been protesting via riot for years and now sit at their lowest level of representation in a century. To think these are unrelated is absurd.
Democrats & their media enablers rejoice over ten-year-old kids lighting street fires because “screw the president.” Society should be appalled at that kid’s parents.
And then throw them in jail for arson by their minor child for whom they are legally responsible. Instead I’m sure they and their illiberal friends will be bragging for decades about their idiot kid and how wonderfully he was raised
Breaking all the windows at BofA & Starbucks, both companies that gave significant money to Hillary, will accomplish only two things: help Trump get re-elected in 2020 and further reduce Dem representation in America. But they did it knowing they would get away with it as protestors in America have for 50 years.
America needs to deal harshly with rioters, and to learn to differentiate them from protestors. Protestors, if they believe in their cause, must be willing to stand up, be counted and take the consequences as did MLK, Cassius Clay, Ghandi.
But letting these idiot rioters off as we did in the 60s only encourages this nonsense and flies in the face of the Rule of Law – which is what America IS. Protestors continuing to lack courage of their convictions only hurts America. It doesn’t help – or change anything for the better.
Applying – or constitutionally protesting – the law is what America is about. It’s who we are. “The right peaceably to assemble.”
Apply the law. Accept – or change – the law. But accept its results until you are able to change it.
Or go to prison on a life-altering felony conviction.