One of the great things about America is that each of us has the freedom to speak out and even protest.
But our speech and protest is not without bounds. Every one of us has to live within the limits of the law. I cannot expect to run into your neighborhood and fire bomb the 7-11 without legal repercussions. I thank you not to run into my neighborhood and burn down the 7-11 closest to me.
Each protest, one would hope, would be governed by its own rule of order, expected outcome and limitations. “Thou shalt not break the windows of the liquor store,” is my favorite — which I heard a black reverend suggest to all his protester-followers in the inner city many years ago.
“Once we break the liquor store door down and drink all the booze — we have lost.”
In more ways than one.
His rules also talked about goals and anticipated outcomes. Often he suggested that protests were required now and again — especially if the community believed it was not being heard. Protests to get everyone to the conference table for negotiations have a long and almost sacred place in American society.
Of course, in the American Democracy, we all have a right and some would say an obligation, to participate in the greatest form of protest known to man — we can vote and fire our elected representatives, even our President.
And we just went through that long, almost always very expensive process.
So who and why are people protesting now?
We should all know by about the second grade that things don’t always go our way. Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose. I’ve cried tears of joy — and sadness — after elections. I’ve even thought of leading an assault on the liquor store but learned at about the age of 18 that the temporary rush of testosterone followed by the hugely exciting over indulgence in substances seemed to always include red and blue flashing lights, jail and a judge. Though I love many police people and judges — I now prefer that I meet with them only on my terms and at places and times chosen by me.
Why are Americans protesting at the end of our election? I asked some of my immigrant friends who responded, “Americans are so used to getting their own way on everything that they forget about the limitations of society including law. Many Americans are spoiled.”
One of the Latinos gathered near my neighborhood 7-11 last night put it this way: “Lots of White and Black Americans who already have everything they want are out protesting. Me? I don’t have much, man, but I am in America and for that I am grateful. I have too much to lose.”
To me, protests right after an election are just not American. Our voices get heard on election day. We’ve waved signs and listened to speeches long enough. Now is the time to hope and pray that the government, including those just elected, gets to work and actually gets to do some of the things they promised.
Then we the voters get to pass judgement again.
Unless you’ve decided that America no longer works for you. If that is the case, you might visit almost any other nation on earth for a while. Most of us end up coming back to the good old U.S.A.
And the reason immigrants are still coming to America isn’t hard to figure. We live in the land of opportunity. The greatest country in the world — my Vietnamese “former war refugee wife” like to remind people.
Don’t spoil it.
America belongs to all of us. If you break a window or ruin a police car you should be in jail and ready to pay for the damages — no matter how lofty sounding your “cause.”
John Francis Carey
Peace and Freedom
Anti-Trump Riot in Portland Portland. Photos from Twitter and Breitbart Nov 11, 2016
‘About time for an assassination’: Trump death threats swamp Twitter
Numerous disgruntled Americans have taken to Twitter to encourage the murder of Donald Trump, echoing the reaction to Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory, albeit from a different side of the political spectrum.
“I’m not saying someone should try and assasinate [sic] trump…. but if you do, don’t miss,” was a sentiment tweeted by many unhappy with his election win, hoping Trump will be killed before his inauguration as the 45th US president on January 20, 2017.
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Anti-Trump protesters pour into the streets for third day
NEW YORK — Opponents of President-elect Donald Trump crowded into the streets across the country Friday night and early Saturday morning as protests continued following Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss in the White House race.
By now, the chants have become familiar: “Love Trumps Hate,” “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” and still others buoyed by expletives. The protesters say they are aware their words and actions cannot reverse Tuesday’s decision, but many said they want to raise awareness about their opposition to a campaign that included revelations about disparaging remarks Trump made regarding women and threats to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep immigrants out.
In Los Angeles, about 1,000 protesters marched through the city’s downtown streets. As they had in the past, many carried signs.
They marched past city hall down Spring Street. They were followed by a cordon of police cars and were being carefully monitored to see if they were involved in vandalism or violence. Protesters fanned out across the entire street, but it was unclear where the crowd was headed. They also disrupted traffic as they were seen walking between cars that had been brought to a halt.
The protests comes a night in which more than 150 were arrested. Demonstrations are expected to continue Saturday as protesters are planning to march through one of Los Angeles’ largest Latino communities —MacArthur Park.
The scene was more chaotic in Portland as protests turned violent for a second straight night. Demonstrations began as a peaceful rally at City Hall on Friday afternoon only to be stopped by police after protesters reportedly split into groups and vandalized parts of the city.
Through the night, flash bangs and tear gas were used to disperse protesters. Police advised the crowd that their gathering was considered an unlawful assembly and they were subject to arrest.
Spurred by fear and outrage, protesters around the country rallied and marched Friday as they have done daily since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. (Nov. 11) AP
Trump said via Twitter on Thursday that the protests are being fueled by the media, and he called them “unfair” — but he backpedaled Friday morning, tweeting that he loves that “the small groups of protesters … have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”
In Miami, hundreds of young people packed into Bayfront Park shouting “Not My President” and “Black Lives Matter” as they bounced signs above their heads reading “Hate Ain’t Great” and “You’re Fired,” a reference to Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice.
The crowd, numbering into the thousands, also blocked both lanes of Interstate 395 for about half an hour before proceeding downtown.
In New York City, demonstrations organized by two teens too young to vote assembled Friday afternoon in Greenwich Village and, again, in front of Trump Tower in Midtown. In Chicago, demonstrators marched through downtown during the early evening.
In Atlanta, demonstrators marched down Ponce de Leon Boulevard, saying they were frustrated not only with Trump’s win but also with the concept of the Electoral College.
In Salem, Ore., hundreds of students, staff and community members demonstrated at Willamette University, stressing their gathering was not anti-Trump but more against racism, homophobia, xenophobia and sexual assault, said Nate Dausman, one of the organizers.
Pictures of people wearing safety pins are popping up on social media as a way to protest Donald Trump. USA TODAY NETWORK
In Burlington, Vt., about 200 people gathered in City Hall Park, heeding a call issued via Facebook by University of Vermont sophomore Emily Flaherty. The 20-year-old said it was the first time she’d done anything like this.
“The election of a man who has bragged about sexually assaulting women, called them pig and dogs, who is unapologetic about his conduct, makes me feel unsafe and sick,” Flaherty said.
Former Vermont state legislator Judy Rosenstreich encouraged those in the crowd to use their emotions to propel them into politics and public service.
“Regardless of the fact that Trump was elected, we’re not going to compromise a single advancement we have made,” Rosenstreich, a Democrat, told the crowd.
In a series of tweets, the conservative pundit mocks anti-Trump protesters’ weight. USA TODAY NETWORK
In Iowa City, Iowa, hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown and shut down Interstate 80. Earlier Friday, about 200 students walked out of classes at City High School, marching into downtown.
Armani Smith, a 17-year-old senior, said he helped stage the walkout that included a march through streets packed with traffic.
“After the election, a lot of people at City High were down, crying, very sad — a lot of teachers were crying,” Smith said. “Basically who I’m looking to is Martin Luther King. He taught me a lot of things when I was young, that peaceful protest can accomplish some change in society.”
Contributing: Chris Woodyard and Charles Ventura from Los Angeles, Dan D’Ambrosio of the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, Lamaur Stancil of The Treasure Coast News, Lauren E. Hernandez of the (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, WXIA-TV, Atlanta, and KGW-TV, Portland, Ore.
Includes many photos of protesting….
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