Protests devolve into riots.
Thunderstorms spawn tornadoes.
Don’t be inciting the snowflakes.
Don’t be chasing storms!
By: ElRoyPoet © 2020
Commentary: Peaceful protests have agitators and police departments have ‘rogue cops’. You can’t chill the First Amendment because of ‘bad actors’, just like you can’t disband the police because of bullies.
Protests are never a parade of happy people. The word protest means that the participants are angry and complaining about an injustice. When a peaceful protest devolves into a riot, because it’s been hijacked by extremists, the first thing that happens, is for the mayor to declare an emergency curfew, so that everybody will go home and forget about it. In other words: “Sorry, better luck next time”. Basically—nothing is going to change, “you don’t have to protest ever again, because we didn’t learn our lesson”.
Then the chief commands his troops to start acting like armed counter-protesters, utilizing illegal rules of engagement, even if they are the ones being protested.
Republican senators also cry foul—’when protests get out of hand’, and act like they’re the ones being victimized, when they were the instigators of the protests—in the first place, by allowing tyranny to fester under their watch. It’s not about society’s shortcomings, it’s about the elected officials not defending their constituents from oppression.
Ironically, every time progressives try to implement a change for the better, conservatives simply dig in their heels, in order to maintain their status quo. If it were up to them, there would never be a protest and no need for our First Amendment. Thankfully, our forefathers understood that the government would try to suppress our civil rights, so that’s why they enacted the Constitution.
Ultimately, the government can’t blame or punish protesters because of the actions of radicals, just like you can’t disband the police because of the behavior of ‘bad apples’. It’s up to our government to punish ‘anarchists’ and the corruption within the police force. Unfortunately, the public is often tasked with having to deal with the consequences, because of the sell-out representatives, who should’ve reformed or de-funded the police department, a long time ago!
“Conservatives believe social movements and protests divide us, but actually, it’s the opposite, at least for popular demonstrations. French democracy was built on a model in which voting is not the only means of popular expression. A demonstration expresses dissatisfaction with government policy. Some commentators have quipped that it doesn’t make sense for the French to essentially be on stand-by for protest at all times, when they have things so good in comparison to everyone else. But this is exactly why things are better in France—because they see the power in collective action and demand change. The French don’t wear their suffering like a badge of honor as is the custom in England.” Excerpt from Why are the French so good at protesting?
“(Our founders) created a document that built a representative democracy. Because the idea is: that our elected officials represent us, they don’t rule us, they have to listen. And in order to achieve this, you need the machinery for people to have their voice heard. However, it is the republican party that constantly seeks to attack the machinery for change—the method in which the average person can have their voice heard. This is why they suppress the vote, this is why they seek to criminalize assembly, speech, it’s why they attack the media—fake news. This is a method outlined by the founders, so the government can hear the opinions of the people—when it comes to petitioning for a redress of grievances. (Regardless), when it comes to the republican party you are always doing it wrong!” By: Beau of the Fifth Column
“Each of us feels some aspect of the world’s suffering acutely. And we must pay attention. We must act. This little corner of the world is ours to transform. This little corner of the world is ours to save.” By: Stephen Cope