Hello dear reader(s)!
Last night you no-doubt heard that a Donald Trump rally was shut down by protesters in Chicago. The protesters are claiming victory for their actions that resulted in the Trump campaign pulling the plug on the event for the safety of all involved. And despite the fact that as a liberal who usually sides with Democrats I have said it is in liberals’ strategic interests to allow Trump to continue to fracture the Republican party, it should be obvious by previous posts and remarks that I am no Trump supporter.
That said, however, I am definitely not on the side of the protesters in this case. And as liberal and anti-Trump, and anti-Republican as I am in general, if I am not on the side of the protesters, they should be asking themselves who is.
You see, the rallies candidates have are almost always considered to be private events. The candidates usually pay for the places they hold the rallies, private security, and a whole host of other costs associated with holding them. As such, the events are private and the candidates have final say on who is allowed in, and who is allowed to stay.
Pretend you are getting married. You rented a wonderful location and sent out your invitations. People tried to crash the wedding. Do you not have the right to throw them out?
Or look at it another way. You are in the ceremony, giving your vows. Everyone there was invited. It is going fine, until someone who has had a secret crush on the bride all along decides to object. The bride is horrified, and wants him gone. The groom is horrified and wants him gone. The family and other friends are horrified and want him gone. The groom wants to kick his butt and says as much. If the groom’s best friend from high school who has always been a bit too aggressive sucker-punches the guy as he is being taken out by security, is the groom responsible? Doesn’t the groom have a right to have this guy removed and that he wishes he could kick his butt?
The fact of the matter is that we as citizens of the US have the right to free speech. We have the right to peaceably assemble. So if all of these crowds stayed outside the event and held up signs and chanted things about the fascist candidate, they would be in the right and within their rights. But they don’t do that. They go into the rally, with the express intent of disrupting it. They go into someone’s private event to crash it. And then they cry when people get upset and treat them a little roughly as they are trying to remove them from the event.
Now, two wrongs don’t make a right. The people inside the rallies should allow the security to handle it. But actions sometimes have consequences and when you go into a private event with the express intent of disrupting it, people are going to get angry. Change Donald Trump’s rally to your wedding, and think about what would happen.
And this is what it comes down to recently with my problem with my fellow liberals. It isn’t about message, it is about tactics. The message that Donald Trump is using fascist techniques to gain power needs to be heard. But when you use speech suppressing techniques such as trespassing and disrupting a private event to deliver that message, the message itself gets lost to anyone who really needs to hear it. If you lose my support, you have definitely lost the support of those who might have been thinking of voting for Trump but weren’t sure. The ones who think they are all flawed and would have stayed home now have an incentive to show up.
The worst part? How many of these protesters do you believe will actually cast a ballot?
I’m fine with protesting. If you protest to send a message, not to deny the right of someone to say horrible things at a private event. Is this what we do now? Shut down any speech we don’t like? If so, we are no better than they are. Do you know what would send the loudest message? A message far louder than stopping a rally? A crushing defeat in the polls, and the destruction of a major political party with a racist, xenophobic base that committed suicide by making those decades old views so public. But no, instead, you will drive people into the arms of candidate Trump, as he will be seen a victim of fascist tactics instead of a perpetrator of them. In all honestly, he is both.
Right now, Trump is the GOP’s problem. This is why the GOP establishment is lining up to try to stop the monster they created. Not only are the tactics of disruption along the same kinds of tactics the Republicans use, but it is really doing the Republican party’s dirty work.
Meanwhile the terrible rhetoric on the other side is ignored. Hillary Clinton is allowed to spew lies about Bernie Sanders with the auto bailout, her establishment friends lie about his civil rights record, and she is allowed to whitewash history regarding the Reagans and AIDS.
Furthermore, the mayor of Chicago covered up a police shooting until after his re-election. Chicago is dealing with horrible violence, to where locals call it Chiraq. The mayor, happens to be a vocal Clinton supporter and…coincidentally…as Clinton was taking heat yesterday for her whitewashing of history on AIDS and the Reagans, a Trump rally IN CHICAGO was cancelled because of security concerns despite the fact that the city was aware of the disruption plans and mass protests for hours before the event, leading to criticism of the police preparedness. Suddenly, the scandal involving candidate Clinton is buried. Maybe it is all a coincidence, but it sure is convenient.
Trump is not our problem yet. Let the Republicans sort it out. Meanwhile, we need to pay attention to what is our problem. Our own primaries and the establishment anointing of someone based on political favors and “turns”.
And if these tactics continue into the general, Trump, who is not our problem yet…
Well he will be when he is elected President.