When Protests Turn Violent

by William Skink

The violence in Chicago last weekend marked a dangerous turning point in this year’s political charade. The right now has an effective counter-meme to the Trump inciting violence meme the left has been using, and that is Soros-funded MoveOn thugs trying to shutdown political free speech (I can’t stand Info Wars, but I think looking at the sources spreading this meme is instructive):

“Mr. Trump and the Republican leaders who support him and his hate-filled rhetoric should be on notice after tonight’s events,” the George Soros funded MoveOn web page states. “To all of those who took to the streets of Chicago, we say thank you for standing up and saying enough is enough. To Donald Trump, and the GOP, we say, welcome to the general election.”

MoveOn has consistently functioned as a lobby group for the policies of the Obama administration, including the disaster of Obamacare and the continuation of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the escalation of the war on terror that has turned America into a police and surveillance state. In 2007 it backed a bill trotted out by then Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to continue financing the occupation of Iraq.

Some Democrats can see the danger here. I commend Pete Talbot for writing a post about when to protest. Here’s a snip:

Concerning the Trump event, I got into a heated exchange with a woman about its efficacy. She thought it was great that so many people turned out to disrupt the event, and that Trump had to cancel. I argued that the protesters fueled the Trump supporters’ continued xenophobic and violent ways, and while Trump’s message is repulsive, there is that First Amendment consideration. My take was that the Chicago protest did more to help the Trump campaign than it did to hurt it – and that violence begets more violence. I also like to think that progressives will take the higher road when it comes to confrontation.

I couldn’t agree more.

While Pete would like to think that progressives will take the higher road when it comes to confrontation, he has no further to look than his site’s host to see that that is not the case with all progressives.

When I wrote this post about making a mockery of those anti-refugee protestors, the Chicago violence had obviously not happened yet. Looking back at that post now, this comment made by Don Pogreba takes on a darker tone:

There are times for righteous, passionate protest and there are times when people simply deserve our disdain. Try to find a way Monday to sneak over and offer some well-deserved mockery of people who believe still that hate and xenophobia are messages that resonate outside of their compounds.

Anyone on either side of the political spectrum needs to be really careful about calling for direct confrontations. If someone read Don’s call to action and went to mock the anti-refugee protestors, and violence broke out, would Don take any responsibility, or would he act like Donald Trump and absolve himself?

After Chicago, Donald Trump threw more fuel on the fire with this tweet:

Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren’t told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!

That this situation will escalate seems almost guaranteed. Unlike Pete, I don’t think progressives will take the higher road.

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About William Skink

I'm a poet and political cynic living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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5 Responses to When Protests Turn Violent

  1. steve kelly says:

    There is a big difference between organized grassroots protests and a group of persons employed to encourage confrontation and violence. Soros is always creating new jobs for those wanting to w0rk as agent provocateur. But he’s certainly not the only employer in that sector. It’s an astroturf twofer vs. Trump and Bernie. Another 1968 retro-drama?

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  2. Big Swede says:

    No justice. No peace.

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