I have been holding my tongue on what happened in Charlottesville over this past weekend because I wanted to think about it before I wrote about it publicly. The whole concept of what happened there sickens me in the type of repugnancy that chills me to the core.
I have been listening to the heartfelt responses and media rhetoric that has come in its aftermath. I have been analyzing what has been said and what has been done. I firmly believe that we, as Americans are looking at this in the wrong way. Hate groups be they the KKK, Neo-Nazis or whomever, are run on publicity. They need publicity to get their message out and attract followers. What happened in Charlottesville and its aftermath has given them exactly what they want.
In my mind, beyond all of the things that have been written and spoken of in the media there are three main issues involved and the sad point is that almost everyone has missed all three of them. The issues are constitutional rights, the legal responsibilities that come with those rights and giving hate groups a bully pulpit.
We live in a nation that has constitutional rights. Everyone in America has the right to freely express their opinions. Everyone in America has the right to bear arms. These things should not even be in dispute. To take away one person or one group’s rights to freely express their opinions puts everyone’s right to freely express their opinion in danger. There are of course limits to freedom of speech. Yelling Fire in a public theater puts people’s lives in danger. Saying lets line all of the blankity blanks up against a wall and shoot them is inciting murder.
Everyone has the right to carry a gun but that right was created by the founding fathers for hunting, personal or homestead protection and so that it would make it difficult for a tyrant to take over the government through a coup. There is, however, a difference between carrying a gun for personal protection and gathering as an armed mob when clearly the hate group members lives were not in danger. That is considered an armed mob especially when they are bullying or terrorizing others. They should have been disarmed because of this.
Finally, I don’t think that we, as Americans should give hate groups a bully pulpit. We should ignore them. Think about this. What would have happened if these hate groups showed up for their rally and there was no counter protest. The people on the street just ignored them and no press covered them? It would have just been a bunch of idiots who showed up to a rally for themselves with a message that no one else heard or cared about. Nothing is more humbling than anonymity. Chances are those who came to the “rally” from hundreds of miles away would think twice about attending another failure. The hate groups would have accomplished nothing more than a protest that fell on deaf ears. Instead of the horrible mess America actually ended up with.
In Ture Faith,
The Prophet of Life
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