Seen at a Trump protest (i.imgur.com)
Pro-tip: For the sake of democracy, it’s important to read truth–good journalism, not lefty or righty fake news.
“Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.” ~ Hillary Clinton
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been.” ~ Isaac Asimov
Via Reddit, some eloquence.
I answered this yesterday as best and honestly as I could. I’m very rational and common sense. I’ll paste it here.
I don’t understand what these protesters hope to accomplish. You have to wait for the guy to actually do something before you can denounce it in my opinion.
I totally get where you are coming from. Rioting looks bad, they look like sore losers, maybe a lot of them are. I think at it’s core it’s a harsh rejection to the rhetoric we’ve heard for the last 8 years, which has culmintaed in the Trump presidency. Just because he won an election doesn’t mean that the things he’s said and done go away. Mitt Romney lost because of the 47% and binders full of women, Howard dean lost the primary because he got really super pumped. We expect more decorum from our president. I know he won, but millions of americans, and billions of humans on earth, find his ideology repulsive. He’s tacky, rude, says really bigoted things, is has been sued thousands of times and accused of things I don’t even want to type out. He complains about the elite while being in the 0.01%, he complains about outsourcing but has all of his products built overseas, he doesn’t like to pay his bills, he doesn’t like to pay his taxes. He encouraged violence at his rallies, he insinuated someone might shoot his rival, he said the 1st amendment goes a little too far with free speech, I can go on and on and on and on about why people think this guy is evil incarnate. Hillary was bad too, but she lost, she’s gone, and this is about Trump and the Elite. This is about rejecting the abandonment of America’s core values. We’ll go along with the president, because what can we do, but this is about going along with the rhetoric and vitriol, and no election can make me compromise my morals and values. No election can ever make me hate. No election can ever make me discriminate. And no election will ever make me turn away a human in need. This is them saying that, unfortunately the left has some shitty members as well and turn violent or destructive. I condemn the law breaking, but I understand the protest. What will it accomplish? Not much, but the people who peacefully protested and stood up to perceived injustice can still say they stood up while I sat here on reddit.
A riot is the language of the unheard – Martin Luther King Jr.
I think people are protesting Trump himself, and his willingness to damage the political process and the civic fabric, in order to be elected. They are protesting the direction they feel that his candidacy has taken the country. At least, that’s what my friends who joined the protests in Oakland told me. I think very few people are contesting the results of the election itself.
Here’s my video of a real protest, with real caring people: