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was actually close to creating a thread criticizing Trump and Republicans for supporting mass surveillance and a few other issues. Then I saw a video of a gang of rioters brutally beating up a female business owner and a black business owner crying after losing everything. It reminded me exactly why I hold the stance I hold and why I side with Trump despite being a centrist libertarian.
originally posted by: smurfy
I find it funny, (as in funny peculiar) that the rioters seem to vanish before being detained, while the non-violent, and innocent protesters get charged at, fisted, knocked down, batoned, tear gassed equivalent, struck with police shields and rubber bullets in the neck....by the police, at the behest of Trump's cue.
I wonder how the learning curve gets so twisted, when the elephant in the room is so obviously in the White House.
originally posted by: blueman12
It's unfortunate Trump is absolutely failing at addressing the george floyd situation.
originally posted by: blueman12
a reply to: Arnie123
Any leader could send in the troops to dispel protesters. Only a good leader can use his or her words and non-military actions to alleviate a situation.
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
If the left had any chance of defeating Trump in the upcoming elections, these recent riots and the reluctance to condemn the violence
has now vaporized any remaining chance, so congratulations. I typically defend Trump on most issues but some of his recent actions and comments have made it increasingly hard, I was actually close to creating a thread criticizing Trump and Republicans for supporting mass surveillance and a few other issues. Then I saw a video of a gang of rioters brutally beating up a female business owner and a black business owner crying after losing everything. It reminded me exactly why I hold the stance I hold and why I side with Trump despite being a centrist libertarian.
As I was watching a video of the rioters throw bricks at cop cars I felt a deep sense of futility underpinned by my sense of empathy for both the police and the rioters. I tend to dislike many cops because they are adult bullies who picked a job which gives them power over other people, and they often abuse that power. I've never really talked about this but my teenage years were pretty chaotic, my group of friends weren't the greatest influence, I was arrested multiple times for things like robbery. Our general attitude was "f*** the police" because from our perspective they were the enemy, they didn't like us nor us them. Then I grew up and realized how absolutely wrong I was.
Being a cop takes more courage than nearly any other job, they put their lives at risk every day to protect all of us. It is one of the most honorable and respectable lines of a work a person can choose and the number of lives saved far outweighs the lives taken by police. To demonize all of them due to the actions of a small number of cops just doesn't make sense. Perhaps having that sort of anti-cop mentality is the inherent reason why the cops target minority communities with that mentality. It may be a controversial statement but it's absolutely true, the first step to improve the quality of your life is to appreciate those who risk their life to prevent us from decaying into anarchy.
In my teenage years I considered myself somewhat of an anarchist, in a way I still do because I like to live by my own rules and loath the government telling me how to live my life. But there comes a point where you have to accept some sort of civility and social stability, more importantly we learn to judge people on an individual basis and we grow to see the good in people even if they have a job we may not fully agree with. What I fear most is that this is only the beginning sparks of a much larger fire which will spread much further, especially when Trump gets re-elected. This recent pandemic situation has shown people that the fabric of society can be completely torn apart at any time.
I also think it's very likely that mass unemployment is a large factor behind all these looters, countless people have been out of work for months and now we're seeing some of the consequences of that. The prolonged isolation probably doesn't help either, I wrote several threads warning that people are slowly being driven insane and riots will only get worse if things don't reopen soon. Obviously these riots aren't a direct result of the lockdowns, but I believe it's certainly a factor which has inflamed the situation. The lockdowns are easing and it seems like the entire pandemic is now being overshadowed by these riots. If they aren't controlled we may not see normality for a while yet.