March 12, 2016 by JImbo
Do you have to fight sometimes?
A child strikes without thinking.
An adult chooses their battles.
Consider this comment from a Trump Supporter:
“Well if I saw someone burning the American flag, I’d have to fight too!”
That is how he justified Trump supporters beating up protesters. It was “self defense” because the flag was threatened apparently.
I don’t buy it.
The “Black Lives Matter, MoveOn, Bernie Sanders Supporters, Unions, etc” started the Chicago counter-rally. That’s true. Donald Trump has a right to speak.
However, it’s only fair to note that Trump supporters started the physical violence. Up until that point it was two sides yelling loudly at one another. That’s fine.
It is no coincidence that this violence in Chicago (and St. Louis) started immediately after violence was started at a couple Trump rallies this week. Speech leads to speech. Violence leads to violence. The genie is out of the bottle.
MOST of them are non-violent still so far. However, to STAY that way Mr. Trump needs to stand shoulder to shoulder with the other presidential candidates and address the country, saying that violence is unacceptable. This is where freedom and responsibility show to be two sides of the same coin.
If you want the freedom, you have to accept the responsibility. If you want to vote, you have to do your research who to vote for. If you want to own a gun, you need to know how to use it safely. If you want to speak freely, then you are held responsible for that speech.
So, no Donald Trump is not to blame for Chicago…directly. However, his speech has empowered his supporters to heed his words.
Further, by NOT addressing the issue at previous rallies he did nothing to prevent violence. He could have said commented on how “unacceptable” the words and actions of his violent fans were.
In fact he SUPPORTED them and said they were justified. He tried to call it “self defense.”Anyone saying otherwise were “liars.” His own campaign manager was allowed to manhandle a female reporter.
It’s not criminal. He didn’t contract anyone to do it. However, it is IRRESPONSIBLE.
It’s also irresponsible to advocate violence against someone because of their treatment of the US Flag. I know this will piss off a lot of “good old boys” who want to stomp the hell out of liberal wusses. However, it’s not about them. It’s about YOU.
You aren’t answering for their actions. You only answer for your own.
As one who fought to defend the flag, I know the flag code is not binding and every flag is not a “standard.” If you wear a flag on a T-shirt it’s not sacred. If it’s not in the hands of a patriot, the flag isn’t sacred either… it’s like putting a Cross in the hands of an atheist. It has no authority or meaning if you don’t believe in it.
The flag is a symbol of the US Constitution which our country is based on. So, if you are willing to assault someone for what they do with their private property then you are against the US Constitution and personal rights to “punish them.” Therefore, to “protect” a flag you must be willing to desecrate what the flag stands for.
I’m not going to punch anyone in the face for pissing on a portrait of Jesus or burning a wooden crucifix. It would make me less of a Christian to do so.
Similarly, I’d be less of an American to stoop to their illegal, unconstitutional methods to get upset over an ignorant savage vandalizing their own private property which cannot by definition BE a US flag, no matter if it looks like one or not. In the hands of an unpatriotic boor it is NOT a flag. It is a rag held by an idiot. By preserving their right to be an idiot, I am upholding my pledge to defend the principles of the US Constitution.
THIS is exactly why I can’t support Donald Trump. His idea of “American” nationalism ignores the very principles our country was founded on. We aren’t just a piece of land. We aren’t flags or apple pie or pickup trucks. We are a people united by the US Constitution and a concept of liberty based on individual rights.
Prove me wrong, Mr. Trump.
You have proven that you understand populism.
You can tell people what they want to hear.
Now prove to me that you understand what the US Constitution means.