For Once, I Am On Trump’s Side
March 12, 2016 4 Comments
Late last evening, John Hinderaker of Powerline posted this:
Today far-left protesters disrupted a Donald Trump rally in St. Louis:
Trump’s St. Louis rally was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, and police said 31 people were arrested and charged with general peace disturbance. One person arrested outside the event was charged with third-degree assault.
Trump berated and ridiculed the disruptive protesters from the stage, as well he should:
“They’re allowed to get up and interrupt us horribly and we have to be very, very gentle,” Trump said in response to one of the interruptions. “They can swing and hit people, but if we hit them back, it’s a terrible, terrible thing, right?”
He panned the protesters as weak “troublemakers,” ordered them to “go home to mommy” or “go home and get a job” because “they contribute nothing.”
All fair comments. This photo of a protester being removed by police is making the rounds:
Protesters have a right to attend rallies held by candidates they oppose, but they have no right to disrupt them. If they do so, they should be removed, forcibly if necessary. If they hit someone, they should be hit back–twice as hard, as a notable American once said.
As Paul noted earlier, Trump’s rally in Chicago was postponed due to a threat of violence by pro-Bernie Sanders protesters and other assorted lefties. Actual violence seems to have been minimal, and canceling the rally may have been an excess of caution. Still, knowing how Trump’s left-wing opponents have behaved, it may have been prudent.
I am in no wise a fan of Donald trump, either personally or politically, but he’s right here. There is no right to disrupt anything by disturbing the piece, . It is nothing less than an attempt to muzzle free speech, and as such it is completely unacceptable. It must not be allowed. Many of us, left and right, care deeply about our country, and its politics, but…
These protestors, in St. Louis, in Chicago, and likely elsewhere, as well, are obviously organized by outside interests, and while they have every right to demonstrate, they have no right whatsoever to indulge in this behavior.
You know, I’m old enough to remember, the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, and the ensuing riots, not least because I lived in the Indiana suburbs then, so it was all over my local news. This is worse for the country, although I’d bet money I don’t have that the instigators are pretty much the same.
Much of this is, of course, driven by illegal immigration, as it has been the last decade or so, which is likely why trump is the first target, although he won’t be the last. I perceive that many have forgotten or never knew that this is a land of opportunity, not a land of entitlement. In fact, John Quincy Adams once made that very point.
But there is one principle which pervades all the institutions of this country, and which must always operate as an obstacle to the granting of favors to new comers.This is a land, not of privileges, but of equal rights. Privileges are granted by European sovereigns to particular classes of individuals, for purposes of general policy; but the general impression here is that privileges granted to one denomination of people, can very seldom be discriminated from erosions of the rights of others.
Emigrants from Germany, therefore, or from elsewhere, coming here, are not to expect favors from the governments.They are to expect, if they choose to become citizens, equal rights with those of the natives of the country. They are to expect, if affluent, to possess the means of making their property productive, with moderation, and with safety;—if indigent, but industrious, honest and frugal, the means of obtaining easy and comfortable subsistence for themselves and their families.
They come to a life of independence, but to a life of labor—and, if they cannot accommodate themselves to the character, moral, political, and physical, of this country, with all its compensating balances of good and evil, the Atlantic is always open to them, to return to the land of their nativity and their fathers.
John Quincy Adams