Hey protesters, such tactics are NOT sending the message across you’re hoping to send.
Had people set a limo on fire during Obama’s inauguration, everybody in the media would’ve lost their shit on live air. Promise you that much. Don’t even have to be a Trump supporter to recognize the hypocrisy on full display.
Environmentalists surely do understand that fracking and the pipelines have been going on throughout the Obama administration. I wonder how often they came to D.C. to protest about these matters during the last 8 years. Would they be out there protesting on this day had Hillary Clinton won? I somehow doubt it, though she likely would’ve allowed the drilling and building of the pipelines to continue unhindered, just as her predecessor had.
More rioting and fire-setting captured by RT:
As we see there, kicked in car windows, looting and vandalization of vehicles (including a limo) by protesters wearing bandanas over their faces, screams of “Viva La Revolucion,” the sounds of choppers circling overhead, a chant where I made out them saying “if you hate Trump, fight back!” Signs saying “This is hell,” “No allegiance to Trump,” “Fuck Trump,” “Not my president,” etc. More chanting of “This is what democracy looks like!” while blocking traffic in the streets.
Holy crap, just watched a part where motorcyclists were going by with American flags waving and the crowd began yelling “Fuck Trump!” at them and one black man attempted to grab and then push one motorcycle as its driver was turning the corner (trying to pin down the timemark but can’t since it’s still live-streaming and the beginning portion is disappearing as I type this — tried going back to the limo damage scene and am now unable to do so — will look for portions once the stream is complete and fully uploaded). That most certainly is NOT what democracy looks like. THAT is what intimidating thuggery looks like.
More signs saying “This is the KKK,” “By any means,” etc. More chanting of “U.S.A. No Trump. No KKK. No fascists.” I don’t think they realize who exactly is looking like the fascists right about now. Another sign: “Fuck nationalism. Fuck capitalism. Fuck police.”
Had to reset my browser for an update so now RT’s live stream is starting even further on at the street parade for Trump. Donald, Melania and Barron then exit their vehicle to a lot of cheers and applause. And the video goes on to show his family entering the viewing stand and whatnot. Very choppy footage though. Keeps hopping around to several places. Mike Pence walks in. Not sure I’ve ever really looked at him before now. Not one to keep up on news coverage of this sort too much. In fact, don’t believe I’ve ever tuned in to inauguration footage this closely before now.
Then later the video footage switches back to the protesters and the bonfire they’ve created. While that is going on someone in the crowd starts up the chant “Black lives matter.” For whatever reason. Then more “Fuck Donald Trump” chants. Nothing too original there.
Met with a police barricade pushing them back past their bonfire.
There came another chant: “The people united will never be defeated.” So far heard all of these chants at other publicized protests.
Pausing and rewinding a few minutes, it just dawned on me how these protesters were chanting “black lives matter” when the cops were ascending toward them, yet I noticed throughout this footage that many, if not at least 60-70% of this protesting crowd, appear to be Caucasian (or at least pass for that, as they like to say). Are they not in their own way attempting to use black folks as their shield and excuse? That’s interesting. How very blatant of them. See now how you’re getting played by the Democratic Party, black people? They’re not all out there because of Black Lives Matter, they’re out there because they’re pissed Hillary didn’t win and so now they feel entitled to throw a riotous fit. That’s what they’re up to! Your black lives aren’t actually all that important to plenty of them, including some of your own fellow black people who seem to not give a damn about all the black-on-black criminality that’s become so commonplace. Seems to me too often people care most about black people only so far as they can be martyred for some political cause. Please do think on that.
And perhaps Black Lives Matter along with black criminals in general are co-opting that party for their own political purposes as well. Like a mutual using.
It’s not uncommon for a political party or organization or movement to use various demographics to suit their cause. Relatively poor white and minority women are used by feminists all the time. Not new. Don’t barely give a damn about seriously poor women under Islamic or whatever other kind of control in other countries. It’s just all about the cause.
For the record, I state all of this as someone always and avidly pro-choice and a supporter of the right to gay marriage and open to anyone of any race based on the content of their character (even if we feud initially after meeting — some of my good friends started off as people I didn’t think I liked for all sorts of reasons). But I don’t appreciate jackassery. One has to draw the line somewhere and I drew mine a long ways away from those who promote outright communism and entitlement schemes based on arbitrary criteria like one’s sex or race or identity. That’s not my bag. I’m not trying to coerce all others to see things like I do, but I damned sure am not interested in having others’ wacky beliefs and ideas foisted and forced upon me. That’s where we face a problem, comrade. Or whatever you like to call one another these days. Bro?
I’m getting sick of this shit. Know it’s not going to stop and accept that this apparently is where we’re at as a nation. Not cool with that, but c’est la vie. This is where idiots and assholes want to take everything now. Okay. So how does one respond and react?
This is not merely protesting. Not even just blocking traffic and being pains in the ass. No, this is rioting. Destroying and burning shit is rioting. I don’t care how justified you may feel you are, it’s still riotous behavior. Tell me, what does breaking windows on various vehicles have to do with asserting black lives contain value? Riddle me that one. If being beaten by cops isn’t the objective, then why destroy property that doesn’t belong to you in open defiance? To make a point, to take a stand? Against what precisely? Gotta break shit to get noticed? Can’t win with your persuasive arguments, especially considering how much of the media has been open for years to publishing your perspectives?? No entitlement complex there, no siree.
Can’t win people over through the power of your arguments so you’re gonna break shit and set fires. Okay. Well, that’s actually NOT how the democratic process works. As so many of you are fond of saying (stupid as it is): USE YOUR WORDS. But, understand that your words alone might not persuade people, and it might not be because the rest of us are simply a bunch of dull dolts lacking in education and probably living in trailers, nothing but racist, sexist, homophobic,”islamophobic,” close-minded, arrogant, inbred FOOLS who don’t know what’s best for ourselves! Maybe you have to actually compel people with worthwhile arguments that aren’t proven demonstrably false and/or inadequate by a ton of observable data made obvious to most of society as its been unfolded over decades. Whatever you’re attempting to bring about is NOT working. Realize that fact of life and go back to your drawing board. Time for some serious introspection and reflection. Happens to the best of us. Looks like it’s your turn. Seriously though.
Intimidation tactics of this sort is intended to send what message? That you can bully your way to the White House? That the rest of us must bend to your will out of fear? Do you all see what you’re doing here? These tactics are turning more and more people against you and any cause you claim to promote. Do you get that?? Do you even care?
What principles are you even standing on anymore? Don’t say justice since you’re willing to destroy that which doesn’t belong to you and are even willing to harm innocent people (or at least support and/or tolerate others who do so). Don’t say freedom when you have as much freedom at your disposal as you do in this country and yet opt to squander it. And don’t say equality either since you apparently see those with differing opinions as far lower and relatively inconsequential when set against your purported Cause. I didn’t vote for Trump and never wanted to, but still, to those who want to act like this after respect was shown to Obama, FUCK YOU. You’re cowards when not grouped up. Hiding within the crowd and behind one another, lurking in the periphery of the craziest amongst you. But what are you individually even really about? What principles actually matter more than your political identity? Please do share.
Resuming watching RT’s footage…
Anyone ever pause to ponder on how stressful those law enforcement officers’ jobs must be. People like to think they’re all-powerful because they’re granted power by the State. But you don’t see them in there mowing those protesters down with tanks. No. You see a line of them standing there protected by shields and helmets, guns, tasers and pepper spray. That’s all they got up against of mob of how many people? Hundreds, possibly thousands? You don’t think those cops have lives of their own that they care about and families they wish to return home to? Does that simply not matter anymore? They are aiming to uphold the Law of the Land. That’s how civilization works — such forces prove necessary. Yet we act like they are totally disposable and don’t barely matter at all as individuals. Like because they signed up to serve and protect that somehow means they joined a Borg where their own individual personhood ceases to matter. Bullshit. That’s not right. And we ought to know it.
That’s also interesting how when someone gets hurt within their crowd they want to run distraction in the background chanting their usual shit and holding up a “Free Hugs” sign so that person can barely be heard. That’s fucked up. If your case is strong you don’t need to pull bullshit tactics like that. Anybody knows that. Cowardly, 100%. Even if that injured man was in the wrong, ya’ll drowned out people’s ability to assess the situation for themselves. An obstruction of that sort is the opposite of democratic. Period.
A girl pushed on that man, so he felt justified in hitting her back apparently. Well, I didn’t see the footage up-close of that and will wait to see if it comes out. Still, women don’t know what men out here are willing to be chivalrous and probably shouldn’t assume. Some men will hit others who touch them in a strong and inappropriate manner. That happens. Gotta think before we put our hands on people, especially strangers. They have a right to back us off too. Women are not above the Law nor above common fucking decency. Welcome to greater equality, womenfolk. We’re physically weaker and shouldn’t be taken advantage of unfairly, but when we start shoving around or hitting men we don’t know we’re opening ourselves up to some serious corrective measures potentially. Truth be told. Fact if life. Retribution might occur, but that can’t negate your injury sustained. Gotta think before we go laying hands on one another. Everybody else doesn’t play by the same playbook. Life and other people don’t always (or often) conform to whatever our notions of fairness might be. The sooner we learn that, the easier it is to realize why it’s not smart to fuck with strangers. If a woman shoved me like that, I’d likely hit her too. Spoken as a woman, I doubt that bothers anybody else. For a man, would I prefer he push her back as she did him? Yes. It’s preferable in my book for a man to repeat in kind the offense he’s suffered and little more with a woman since we are, on average, physically weaker. But then that also depends on the man and woman in question and the situation. A 300-lb. woman who knows how to fight up against a random dude who doesn’t see it coming, I’d say the man might have cause for a stronger reaction. But I didn’t see the footage and don’t know all the particulars. Each situation deserves to be judged on its own merit. Not that I expect a fair assessment among that amped-up crowd. Either way, someone made that guy bleed from his head for his reaction.
So then near the end they’re accosting whom they assume to be Trump supporters walking along the sidewalk. Ugh. I see a group in black hoodies doing most of the harassing.
Jesus. It’s like the protest that never ends.
More harassment of identifiable Trump supporters trying to make their way home. Then more obstruction of traffic by walking in the middle of the road as people are leaving the event. While chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Ugh…
Ya know, I never wanted to see the militarization of our domestic police force, but shit like this makes it inevitable.
Later chanting: “Whose streets? Our streets!” Also the streets of Trump supporters too, who make up near 50% of our voting populace according to the record, in case that fact’s been overlooked.
It just goes on and on, my friends…
The amount of patience cops must have to conjure up is truly amazing.
Just watched Trump’s inaugural speech: