It was hard to decide whether to file this entry under”The Media” or go with “The Gubmint” because both are equally complicit in how poorly this story has been handled. Once you get about halfway down into the LA Times piece though, the one thing that keeps jumping out at you is that all of this mess could have been avoided in the first place if only federal, state, and local officials could have pulled their heads out of their asses far enough to see that this was coming.
In order to uncomplicate this for all the idiots in the liberal progressive movement, let’s start with a lesson in what the First Amendment actually says… and there is a dandy little link in the Library of Congress’ website that does a very nice job a braking this down to a level these mush mines should be able to comprehend.
First and foremost, what people don’t seem to want to accept (or selectively choose to ignore) is that the Constitution doesn’t just say “right to freedom of speech” and “right to assemble”… it says a whole lot more:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Feel free to re-read that” peaceably to assemble” part again… I’ll wait.
Now, don’t get me wrong… the whack jobs on both the left and the right had every right to ‘assemble’, but neither side chose to do so “peaceably” and law enforcement waited far too long before doing anything to ensure that the right to basic personal safety were upheld for either side.
This is not to suggest that any of the things the so-called “alt-right” crowd stands for has any merit whatsoever in our allegedly “enlightened” Society,but – having said that – the Constitution guarantees them the very same rights as anyone else to express themselves… however offensive most of the rest of us find their expression to be.
What the Constitution does not guarantee the anti alt-right protesters, on the other hand, is the right to antagonize and instigate and incite violence in order to pick a fight and then cry foul and claim victim status once that fight kicks off.
The media is complicit for their part in egging these people on; so much hate and vitriol in the news against the sitting President has only fanned the flames in a crowd of people already foaming at the mouth over not only losing the election but having lost the election to a man they universally hate and despise. It is their right, of course, to feel this way… and it is their right to stand in protest against him.
It is not there right, however,to promise Civil War and then cry about it when people fight back.
The lesson liberal progressives should have learned in Charlottesville is that the line in the sand is clear when it comes to the right to free speech and the right to peaceably assemble. When that line is crossed at the expense of the “right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, we are all dragged into the dark world of self -defense and protecting our personal safety. Once we “go there” the rules of a civilized society change.And when law enforcement can no longer effectively ensure public safety it becomes a world of “every man and woman for himself” and all that’s left is chaos and anarchy. [See Statues, Confederate] [Images via LA Times & Conspiracy Analyst]