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Political leaders should instruct followers on what is decent
Over the years I have attended some gatherings and watched on TV and I think things got out of hand and turned into an ugly demonstration and protests where damage and injury were the results.
It appears that some people do not have a tolerance for any views that are not in line to their thinking.
A number of years ago, I went to our state capitol for a rally that featured then Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and I wanted to hear her talk. It was at the time of Act 10 in Wisconsin. Every speaker that took the stand was booed as they delivered their message. A 14-year-old home-schooled girl addressed the crowd and gave a very good speech, the part that I could hear over the shouting of profanity by a group of adults that should have known better. Someone was able to bounce a trumpet off the back of my head behind a canvas fence, and he was gone by the time I was able to take a look at who had done it.
And, apparently this type of action is still alive as I watched President Trump’s Rally in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago.
He was really fired up, but I don’t want to talk about his speech, but rather the demonstrations outside of the Target Center. I watched the television coverage outside after Trump’s speech.
Maybe the national news over played what was going on outside, calling them “violent.” I did see a pushing match between a fellow, who had his cap taken off his head by a demonstrator. I don’t know what the cap had printed on it, maybe “Make America Great Again.” And I did see a couple of items thrown at mounted police officers without any damage done.
But of course there were all those degrading signs, like “Trump smells like Pee,” and shouted words that should not be uttered by anyone.
I did get a couple of calls from people that attended. Scott Swanepoel informed me that he was “flipped off by a demonstrator.” My question is why is it always Liberals doing the demonstrations?
I wonder what type of crowd would have been outside, if the Rally had been for one of the dozen Democratic candidates, like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders? There probably would not be a very large crowd and the media would have some trouble calling it violent, let alone carrying around shameful signs.
Apparently, those candidates like to have violent demonstrations against our sitting President. But the right thing for them to do is call for peace and respect for the office and put a stop to this type of action before someone gets hurt or property damage occurs.
I watched a short segment on Fox News Saturday morning where a crowd followed conservative elected officials on the street calling them names and saying, “We know where you live.”
A woman who claimed to be from New York accosted Senator Rand Paul in a small cafe and engaged in hateful language telling him that she was not going to “Put up with Republican B.S.”
Our leaders, on both sides of the aisle, need to come forward and tell their supporters that this type of conduct is not acceptable, and put a stop to it before we have conflict.
Ellen DeGeneres needs our thanks for standing up against bigots that denounced her for sitting next to former President George W. Bush at the Cowboys vs. Packers football game on October 6th. I am sure that my beliefs are 180 degrees different than DeGeneres’, but I have to praise her for standing up about the friendship of Bush on her television program, but not only her friendship with the former president, but our civil society as a whole.
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton