Monday, January 23, 2017

Chad Prather on Protesting the Protester

Perhaps I am simply being lazy and don't want to put in the effort to write a post about my frustration over the "peaceful" protesters, but I'd like to think that I am simply working smarter rather than harder when Chad Prather says it all so well for me.

Oh, and by the way, it would help me to take a lot of you protesters more seriously if you had even spent the effort to go and vote before your latest whine-fests.

Don't get me wrong.  I support and even champion many of the protesters out there.  What I have a serious problem with is the destruction and violence perpetrated by far too many of them.  You all should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.  Don't you know that when you incite or partake in violence or destruction, your message of protest becomes lost and your thuggery then becomes the main focus of the story?

Anyway... here's one of my new favorite guys of late to tell it like it is:


jim marquis said...

I was at the Seattle march Saturday. One hundred seventy five thousand people, a mix of ages and races.
No damages, no arrests.

But I know how you folks on the Right like to pretend it's all just spoiled college kids and anarchists.

T. Paine said...

I am glad to hear that it was peaceful, Jim. I support your right to peacefully protest.

That said, even you must admit that Seattle does not have a good record for non-violent protests from the Left. Remember the WTO riots in Seattle? I cannot even recall a right wing protest that turned violent or destructive going back at least over a generation or two now anywhere in America.

Unknown said...

Oh, I dunno T.Paine. I can think of a couple of incidents involving the Family Bundy.

T. Paine said...

Unknown, I stand corrected. I will give you that one. So the score is now hundreds to two or three. :)

jim marquis said...

Most of the violent WTO protesters actually came in from out of town. You're always going to have a small slice of the population who see large protests as an opportunity to commit mayhem for their own enjoyment.

T. Paine said...

Jim, does the home town of origin of the violent protesters change the results, or the point of this debate, sir?

Many of those folks that destroyed private property, blocked roads, and torched cars in Washington D.C. during the inauguration may very well have been from other cities and states too. To me this is an irrelevant point, my friend.

You are right that it is a smaller subset of people from the whole protest that actually engages in violence and destruction, but if it is not condoned by the vast majority of the other protesters, why do they not stop these people or at least condemn the acts loudly and publically? That, at least, would make it so their message is still heard. Instead, when violence and mayhem ensue, the message of the protest is diluted or even lost and replaced with the subject of that violence. It makes us average Americans lose focus on the message of the protest and only see the cause as one of anarchy and destruction.