“America is advanced citizenship.”*
27 March 2016
My husband David is a fence sitter. He has resided on his fence since I met him forty years ago. Arguing with a fence sitter is an exercise in futility because from their vantage point they can see all sides of any issue. It has taken a number of years, and occasionally I still fall off, but I am a fence sitter as well. Recently though, while I was leaning toward the vortex that was swirling to the left of our fence, my husband snatched me back to logical thought.
I admired the young people who protested Donald Trump’s rally at Radford University and I was intrigued by the demonstrators in Chicago; they reminded me of the anti-war protesters of my younger days. It was a bit exciting and I yearned for that youthful exuberance. However, when the demonstrators stopped traffic in Arizona to the keep people from attending Mr. Trump’s rally the reality of the situation slowly started to leak in. There was a problem with these events but my mind was having difficulty deciphering what it was.
People have the right to protest, to speak out when they perceive an injustice, don’t they?
Donald Trump’s tongue is vitriolic. He spews acidic words at his rallies where some in attendance actually enjoy the burn; a few do not. Those who voice their objection to his inflammatory rhetoric are removed from his presence and he refers to them as “The Bad Guys”. Unfortunately, as much as it grieves me to say so, he is right.
The civil rights activists and the anti-war demonstrators of my youth were protesting the policies of state and local authorities and the federal government.
However, today’s protestors, the ones who disrupted Mr. Trump’s rallies and try to detain and harass his followers are not protesting the actions of our government; they are objecting to a citizen’s right to speak. These individuals are not only disrupting our political process, they are undermining our Constitutional rights. So yes, they are “The Bad Guys”.
Donald Trump and his minions have the right to peaceably assemble and speak. Individuals who oppose Mr. Trump’s view of the United States have the right to peaceably assemble and speak out against him. However, citizens do not have the right to infringe upon the rights of others.
Violence begets violence; protesters need to start using their brains and quit playing into Mr. Trump’s hands, being his pawns. They need to put away their swords and get out their pens; they should be educating the public as to why picking celebrity over substance is a threat to our nation and our constitutionally derived values.
The best place to stop Donald Trump is at the ballot box.
As of today Mr. Trump has no real power; he is just a mouth on a mission. Let’s keep it that way. Just say no to his ego and no to his distorted views and use our democratic system and our right to vote to keep him out of the oval office and hope that the majority of voters will do the same. Con
*“America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.”