posted on Mar, 19 2016 @ 09:10 PM
originally posted by: DBCowboy
I know it might have been asking too much. I get that.
But wouldn't it had been nice to see a grassroots movement made up of Trump, Bernie, Hillary, Cruz supporters who just valued the rights that we have
so much that they would insure that everyone got a chance to assemble, speak, and even protest peacefully?
I'd even include "The rent is too high" guys' supporters.
"You may call me a dreamer. . . . . "
Thank you for this thread. I appreciate we don't see eye to eye on HOW to move the country forward - no sweat - I'm not here to talk about that, and
frankly, I'm not always sure what the best thing for the country is, on some topics.
I do think it's important how we label "the other side." Brown shirts for Bernie supporters?? Too broad of a stroke for me to handle, when, as I
said in the other thread, I know a lot of beautiful people who are Sanders supporters. I know beautiful people who are Trump supporters, too. And
probably Cruz and Hillary and whomever else is still in the game.
It is the behavior of a very small percentage of folks that have done anything violent or protested in a way that might infringe on someone else's
rights. Can we agree on that? So "Trump supporters" does not equal "Brown Shirts" anymore than "Sanders Supporters" equals Brown Shirts. I think we
DO agree on that?
Politics, as "reality show" as they have been, well, it is serious business. It will effect all our lives. So people get emotional and they
sometimes do stupid things, like punch a protestor, or block traffic. Sometimes the stupid gets so bad that those involved should be charged
criminally. That is a matter for law enforcement.
To me, Brown Shirts are bogeymen of the Nazi regime and not to be spoken of lightly. We are so busy dividing our country right now, with the help of
our politicians and media and our own emotional responses, that we have created a powder keg, and we are all sitting on it, screaming at each other.
If we are not careful, some idiot will come along and light a match.
Anyway. I agree that both the (peaceful) protestors and political parties/candidates have every right to express themselves and to be heard. I do
think "mob mentality" is a very dangerous and real thing right now, and that is why I'm so concerned about "labeling the enemy" with broad strokes.
(I'm trying very hard to check myself on this too, by the way.) I think divide and conquer serves a larger agenda...