Mob Violence and Harassing Others are not Peaceable Forms of Protest

by Jon Fournier | July 12th, 2018

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Mob Violence and Harassing Others are not Peaceable Forms of Protest

The right to protest is one of our most impor­tant God-​given nat­ural rights. It is enshrined in the right to assem­ble and the right to peti­tion clauses of the First Amend­ment. We have the right to protest for what­ever rea­sons or causes we wish to. There is only lim­i­ta­tion placed on any­one who wishes to protest. Just as it is stated in the First Amend­ment, all protest­ing must be peace­able. Vio­lence, destruc­tion of prop­erty, shut­ting down roads, mobs using their voices to silence oth­ers, and harass­ing indi­vid­u­als are not peace­able, there­fore, they are not valid forms of protest.

So many on the polit­i­cal left have become unhinged, they have aban­doned civil dis­course and peace­ful protest­ing and replaced it with mob vio­lence and harass­ment of any­one that either works for or sup­ports Pres­i­dent Trump. This is not just my opin­ion. I see arti­cles chron­i­cling this despi­ca­ble behav­ior on a daily basis. Here is how Bre­it­bart News described the cur­rent state of pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal behav­ior in the arti­cle: Left-​Wing Hate ‘Rap Sheet’ Reaches 300 Inci­dents of Vio­lence, Harass­ment.

Ever since Don­ald Trump announced his inten­tion to run for pres­i­dent, the Amer­i­can left has responded with unhinged vit­riol, vio­lent fan­tasies, and mob attacks — tar­get­ing Trump and any­one asso­ci­ated with him. The worst part of this cli­mate of hate is that estab­lish­ment media — the pro­fes­sion­als, the respectable guardians of truth — are pur­posely fan­ning the flames.

Like all of our rights, we are free to exer­cise our right to protest, as we wish, as long as we do not hurt oth­ers, or inter­fere with the rights of oth­ers. Vio­lence against peo­ple or their prop­erty most def­i­nitely is not a valid form of protest, for very obvi­ous rea­sons. I know all of us clearly remem­ber the riots that occurred the day of Pres­i­dent Trump’s inau­gu­ra­tion and the riots that occurred at Berkley in response to Milo speak­ing there. Did the main­stream media ever con­demn their actions or did they cel­e­brate them as noble protesters?

Every­one has a right to be out in pub­lic and enjoy eat­ing at restau­rants, free of peo­ple get­ting in their faces and harass­ing them, no mat­ter who they are, or who they work for. Indi­vid­u­als harass­ing oth­ers are not pro­test­ers, they are thugs.

It was all the rage to shut down roads and block inter­states as a form of “protest.” Block­ing roads inter­feres with the right of every­one to come and go as they please. It also cre­ated very unsafe con­di­tions, espe­cially when high­ways were blocked. At least one death was reported when an ambu­lance was pre­vented from reach­ing a hos­pi­tal in a timely fash­ion. The media still insists on label­ing these occur­rences as protests. What do they accom­plish other than piss­ing off a lot of people?

A large group of peo­ple sur­round­ing an event where indi­vid­u­als are speak­ing, for the pur­pose of shut­ting down the event, and pre­vent those indi­vid­u­als from speak­ing, is in no way a protest. That form of behav­ior vio­lates the free speech of the speak­ers and it vio­lates the right of the audi­ence to lis­ten to who, or what, they want to lis­ten to.

There was not one sin­gle instance of a tea party rally turn­ing into a riot, tea partiers com­mit­ting vio­lence, mem­bers of the tea party harass­ing oth­ers, or tea partiers silenc­ing oth­ers; yet the media absolutely vil­i­fied the entire tea party move­ment. The media labeled the entire tea party move­ment racist even though there was no valid evi­dence sup­port­ing those base­less accu­sa­tions. The media now looks the other way when it comes to left wing vio­lence com­mit­ted by so called pro­test­ers, and praises their bad behavior.

The right to protest is one of our most important God-given natural rights.   It is enshrined in the right to assemble and the right to petition clauses of the First Amendment.  We have the right to protest for whatever reasons or causes we wish to.  There is only limitation placed on anyone who wishes to protest.  Just as it is stated in the First Amendment, all protesting must be peaceable.   Violence, destruction of property, shutting down roads, mobs using their voices to silence others, and harassing individuals are not peaceable, therefore, they are not valid forms of protest.

So many on the political left have become unhinged, they have abandoned civil discourse and peaceful protesting and replaced it with mob violence and harassment of anyone that either works for or supports President Trump.  This is not just my opinion.  I see articles chronicling this despicable behavior on a daily basis.  Here is how Breitbart News described the current state of progressive political behavior in the article: Left-Wing Hate ‘Rap Sheet’ Reaches 300 Incidents of Violence, Harassment.

Ever since Donald Trump announced his intention to run for president, the American left has responded with unhinged vitriol, violent fantasies, and mob attacks — targeting Trump and anyone associated with him. The worst part of this climate of hate is that establishment media — the professionals, the respectable guardians of truth — are purposely fanning the flames.

Like all of our rights, we are free to exercise our right to protest, as we wish, as long as we do not hurt others, or interfere with the rights of others.  Violence against people or their property most definitely is not a valid form of protest, for very obvious reasons.  I know all of us clearly remember the riots that occurred the day of President Trump’s inauguration and the riots that occurred at Berkley in response to Milo speaking there.  Did the mainstream media ever condemn their actions or did they celebrate them as noble protesters?

Everyone has a right to be out in public and enjoy eating at restaurants, free of people getting in their faces and harassing them, no matter who they are, or who they work for.  Individuals harassing others are not protesters, they are thugs.

It was all the rage to shut down roads and block interstates as a form of “protest.”  Blocking roads interferes with the right of everyone to come and go as they please.  It also created very unsafe conditions, especially when highways were blocked.  At least one death was reported when an ambulance was prevented from reaching a hospital in a timely fashion.  The media still insists on labeling these occurrences as protests.  What do they accomplish other than pissing off a lot of people?

A large group of people surrounding an event where individuals are speaking, for the purpose of shutting down the event, and prevent those individuals from speaking, is in no way a protest.  That form of behavior violates the free speech of the speakers and it violates the right of the audience to listen to who, or what, they want to listen to.

There was not one single instance of a tea party rally turning into a riot, tea partiers committing violence, members of the tea party harassing others, or tea partiers silencing others; yet the media absolutely vilified the entire tea party movement.  The media labeled the entire tea party movement racist even though there was no valid evidence supporting those baseless accusations. The media now looks the other way when it comes to left wing violence committed by so called protesters, and praises their bad behavior.

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