March 19, 2016, Prescott- I see on the news that a large crowd amassed, in front of a Trump rally, in an attempt to make the would-be participants turn back. This was a bit like asking a leopard to shed his spots, rather than merely change them.
The whole incident shows what happens when one group of like-minded people become so fearful- of another fearful group- that all reason goes by the boards. Isn’t this how wars get going, full-on? The fact is, as I mentioned on a conservative friend’s page, elsewhere: There is a First Amendment, that allows people to gather, and give voice to their opinions, no matter how odious those might seem to others.
The key is to let them rant, while holding one and all to a civil code that draws the line at violence. Not letting people speak, because one is afraid of what they might say, is pretty much a guarantee that they will say it more often, and louder. I think the man who slugged another man, at a rally in N.C., was crossing the line. Yet, so too, was the mob that blocked traffic in a town west of Phoenix, this afternoon.
I have friends who support a variety of candidates for President. Each has the right to their opinion, and I, to mine, which I am keeping to myself. I would not deign to presume that a given person should vote differently than the way they feel. All I know is, giving in to one’s darkest fears is no way to solve a problem-ever.