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This Is Not An Example of The Right to Peaceably Assemble by The Elephant's Child

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AMENDMENT 1.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So there you go. The press has been blathering on about “peaceably assembling” for days, in spite of all the non-peaceable assembling that’s been going on. But did anybody stop to consider just why those first Americans made this their very first amendment in 1791? They had just hammered our a Constitution and the delegates from the 12 original states had signed it in 1787. Only 4 years later, and they were already trying to fix it.

Lets imagine a group of people, say 15. Is that enough to include one example of every race, sex, young, middle aged and old, and rich and poor? I’m making this up as I go along. Probably need a larger bunch. Some people who are attractive, some fat, some lean. Some smart, some not so much. How many variables can you squeeze in a small number of people to fairly represent the larger whole? And can they possibly get along? How many of them would insist on being in charge? Doing it their way? What was so wrong before they gathered together that they had to try to fix it? And did their solutions work? Of course not. Is there no limit to what people will do because they want to be in charge, to control.

Instapundit posted a long series of very short videos assembled under the title “streamable”. I cannot link to it directly, but go to the link at Instapundit and scroll down, past “Chicago, looting off a moving train” stop briefly and watch that one, then on down to the beginning of the “streamables.” Take your pick, but watch several if you can, because you have to see it to believe it. They feed off each other, getting “permission” from each other, almost celebrating the violence, escalating the violence — at last free to express their rage? or the simple need to be bad? Do what they’ve often felt like? That’s what you call mob psychology I guess. Any assumption that all this has to do with George Floyd is absurd, although that may be what started it. The videos are an essential learning experience for those of us who would never even think of going to a protest. And you won’t get physically hurt by observing online. Oddly the verbal part is just the usual 3 and 4 letter words, with lots of screams inset.

Having watched a bunch, I feel way more permanently informed. Calling out the National Guard or the military to put a stop to it is fine with me. In spite of reporters trying to blame President Trump,  he’s the only one effectively trying to stop it, to save communities and return the nation to sanity. It’s mixed up in the public mind with opening the economy or not opening the closed economy, whether that will kill more people. Not much clear thinking going on out there.


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I explain it like this:
If you’re yelling, you’re protesting.
If you’re marching, you’re protesting.
If you simply block traffic, you’re protesting.
If you’re holding a sign, you’re protesting.

But,

If you hit someone with the sign, you are no longer protesting.
If you throw a rock or a bottle or a brick, you are no longer protesting.
If you break a window, you are no longer protesting.
If you steal something, you are no longer protesting.
If you set something on fire, you are no longer protesting.
If you deliberately try to injure another person, you are no longer protesting.

At that point, you are rioting.
If your protest turns onto a riot, you should leave.
Because if you stay, you are no longer a protester.
You are now a rioter.

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Comment by Lon Mead

Good one, Lon! Thanks.

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