Violent Protests Destroy Your Message

I understand that half the country is disappointed in the outcome of the Election.  I realize that when you are disappointed, you can feel the need to react – to do something about the way you are feeling.

However, if you decide to protest and turn to violence, you destroy the very message you were seeking to put across!

Violent protest isn’t a protest at all – it is outright bullying and oppression, trying to force your will on others.  It moves you from the stance of victim to the realm of tyrant and indeed, terrorist.  No one has the right to terrorize others.  

Perhaps the most effective protestor in modern history, Mahatma Gandhi, not only eschewed violence from his life, but was also careful to screen those he allowed to join his protests to ensure their non-violence.  The world was presented the startling difference between those in his movement and their oppressors.  His followers were whipped, beaten down with sticks, and even shot by the British while returning these atrocities with polite protest.  Gandhi helped to free a nation.  Those who are rioting today will never be able to make that same claim.

Personally, I look forward to the change President-elect Trump will bring to our country.  There are a lot of things that have changed over the last few decades that have taken us further and further into the gutter rather than allowing us to spread our wings and fly.

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