A protester is normally proud of what they are doing speaking loudly with their faces uncovered, some to support their cause openly others to feel the full force of the notoriety they believe they are gaining for their cause. . Their actions of course in a large part consist of singing to the choir, which may be ineffective as it is difficult to determine how many non-musical people actually begin singing a different tune after any protest.
A thug on the other hand conceals their face and depends on the anonymity gained in a crowd to damage things sometimes for personal gain, sometimes because they enjoy damaging things and sometimes, although rarely, by actually targeting the great evil American business which they believe is the source of their either fake or real anger.
The net result is that the protesters feel good about themselves because they have re-affirmed their own prejudice, while sadly only truly energizing those which they protest against. The thugs reaffirm their own proclivity towards destruction and violence as valid forms of protest, while at the same time blackening the eye of those who protest honestly. Sadly at the same time also reaffirming the prejudices of those at whom the protest was aimed.
Protesting is a zero sum game, it does little to change the minds those at whom it is aimed unless violence makes the subjects of the protest fearful enough to take an aggressive approach to quelling dissent and that in itself becomes dangerous to our form of democracy.
The United States has a huge angular momentum. built in, where the direction of the country runs in one direction AND is not easily changed, rarely does the direction of the country swing greatly in one year or two year’s time. Elections and appointments by their very nature are temporary and can, and I would guess will be, partially remedied in two years and fully remedied at the end of four.
Continue to protest if you must, it is absolutely your right to do so within the laws of the country in which you live, but I don’t believe that this administration is going to be doing any listening or changing because of the protests. Which is not unlike the results gained by the previous administration that tended at times to belittle and ignore the belief systems of the people who later voted them out of office.
The net result will be the same for this administration.
On another subject those who are advocating ignoring the rules and laws of our country with which they disagree, rather than attempting to change those laws through the systems created to make those changes are setting an unfortunate precedent that will come back to haunt them in the future. At least one celebrity pundit advocating the military step in to depose President Trump. REmember that no other rule of politics is more inviolable than, “What goes around, comes around.”
Finally the throwing around of the word facist bothers me greatly. I reminds me a great deal of the history of the word communist in the 50s of the US. It is one of those words that even if you don’t know what it means it just sounds evil said aloud. The strangest part of the use of the word facist by protesters is that in a society controlled by facists openly calling those in charge facists would have nearly immediate and unfortunate consequences beyond tearing up your sign or quieting your rhetoric. I would ask that before you utter that word or put it on a sign again do a brief re-reading of the history of Italy up to and including WW II or barring that simply the dictionary definition although that will not be quite as clear.
Well now I have had my little protest, which has most likely changed no one’s mind, and I will now go back to doing my very best to not offend those around me for no real reason. Except for Michael who calls me nearly every day trying to get me to renew my car warranty or Emily who pretends that she doesn’t know exactly who she is calling on the phone, before offering me 4 days in sunny southern Florida and a cruise to the Bahamas for free. I may even offend Bill who always starts of his sales pitch for medicare advantage plans with ” HELLO SENIOR,” Even though I recognize they are simply doing a thankless job ( I think Emily may actually be a robot) I will probably not be too concerned if I offend.