Displays of Patriotism on Patriot Day…2016

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  1. davebarclay1954
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 22:05:49

    I agree with the right to protest, no matter which form that protest takes as long as it is peaceful. I may not be American but I firmly believe everyone is equal and #BlackLivesMatter because we all have a right to live as we see fit.

    • sepultura13
      Sep 12, 2016 @ 23:25:03

      Well…peaceful protests have been met with violence by the very people who are supposed to keep the peace. At some point, peaceful people can be driven to violent defense of themselves.

      Selma, Alabama, in the early 1960s had peaceful people being beaten, hosed down with torrents of water, and attacked by dogs. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation has peaceful people being attacked by dogs.

      Do you think that peaceful protestors should be beaten? I’m curious why anyone, American or not, has a negative opinion about protestors and wishes to dictate how they should “behave,” but are silent about the violence that is done to those protestors on multiple occasions, without provocation.

    • davebarclay1954
      Sep 13, 2016 @ 22:30:00

      Violence begets violence, someone has to break the cycle. Peaceful protesters don’t deserve harsh treatment but they can still find it. Selma was the catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement, however badly people were treated by the authorities it was only a minority who fought back. Martin King advocated peaceful protest, Mohamad Ali never used force to get his message across. They taught the same lessons as Gandhi, civil disobedience doesn’t mean fighting against the oppressor. It is fighting against the oppression. Anyway, I think Americans need to man up, admit the racists aren’t going away but do something to change their attitudes and give them nowhere to hide. Not that Trump is trying to hide, racism is wrong and needs to be stamped out at the top then that will filter down. Sexism is wrong and needs attitudes changed. If black and white stand together then both evils can be eradicated.

    • sepultura13
      Sep 14, 2016 @ 09:44:29

      Violence begets violence, someone has to break the cycle.

      Who do you propose does this?

      Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., did advocate peaceful protest – but, he also purchased guns to protect and defend himself and his family from the violence and hatred of the Ku Klux Klan.

      With all due respect, you have deflected the question by talking about the 1960s, and didn’t answer the question that I posed.

      I won’t waste further time or words. Thank you for your enlightening comment.

  2. GP Cox
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 04:04:47

    I believe the only way we’ll get anything accomplished is to stand together rather than sitting out.
    (Where else in the world can a man earn millions of dollars sitting on a bench as a second-rate quarterback because once he was once considered good at throwing a ball?)

    • sepultura13
      Sep 12, 2016 @ 08:35:44

      I believe that living in this country means that we all have certain freedoms – and that includes the right to protest any way we wish, just as we can worship any way we wish…or not at all. So I’ll sit out this pointless argument – you’re set in your ways, and so am I.

      In answer to your question, the same place in the world that a racist, misogynist xenophobe can run for president – and be supported by the Ku Klux Klan – and nobody bats an eyelid.

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