I've never seen such divisiveness in my country like we are having now. The riots and protests of the '60's, don't compare to this.
In my opinion, although most of you will disagree, the Alt. Right or whatever they're called, had a permit to march. The Alt. Left did not have a permit to assemble. If the Alt. Left had stayed home, the Alt. Right would have marched and gone home and probably no news coverage would have been given. The Alt. Left had to go and mingle and without them even knowing it, they have given the Alt. Right more publicity and news coverage than they've had in years. AND--they are loving it! They have gained many members in the last week. Which shows just how racism has grown in the last few years.
Now we gotta tear down some statues because they represent racism. No they don't! They represent men who fought for States Rights. Men who believed in their way of life. Proud men, and most of them didn't have slaves. Plus, getting rid of markers of hi story aren't going to make that history go away.
Perhaps we should march on the Little Big Horn National Site and take away all vestiges that show how Sitting Bull and his men killed Custer and his men. We wouldn't want the Native Americans getting too uppity.
What's next? 1984? Who's to say that some large group isn't going to want to rid the USA of every vestige of Catholics? Jews? Protestants? Atheists, Agnostics, Muslims unite! Tear down any religious symbols. There will be no Pledge to the Flag, No National Anthem sang, No National Prayer breakfast, No gathering of religious denomination allowed.
And in the meantime, Face Book is still alive with negative, and down right nasty, shared links. Nine months after the election and it's still going on. AND all it does is continue to keep the hatred, anger and divisiveness alive.
I could not stand the last President we had. I blame him for the renewal of racism. He could have done so much for "his people" and all he did was say things that made them think they were entitled to do whatever they wanted. Riot. Protest. Shoot cops.
Did I post daily negative links about him on FB? Of course not. The President, simply by being the one elected, is to be respected. Even if you can't stand the Dude. You don't call for his assassination! People are going insane!
I am not a Trump fan. He is not a politician. He hasn't yet learned how a politician is supposed to act. That very reason is why he got elected. Apparently the majority of the American people are sick and tired of politicians. He's a business man who is used to giving orders and having them carried out, no questions ask. He might learn how to be more subtle, careful with his words--if anyone gives him the chance.
BUT even if he did something amazingly right--brought about World Peace, stopped hunger around the world, walk on the water of the Potomac River, the media wouldn't give him a bit of credit. In fact, they would find some way to turn it into a negative. They kept saying the President was on vacation. Actually, the Oval Offices and staff offices were being renovated and he and his staff were told to leave while the work was being done.
I have never realized before now, how really biased the media is. They thought they had it all figured out who was going to win the election. I will never forget the look on Chuck Todd's face when the race was called. He was stunned and in shock and didn't know what to say.
The Liberal press went into a near state of apoplexy and they haven't recovered yet. And they won't.
This crap is going to go on for the next 3.5 years!!! They don't want the President to succeed and they will do everything in their power to make sure he doesn't.
If Hillary had stood up there at the mic and said she wanted calm and the hatred from both sides was wrong, the press would have proclaimed what a tough stance she had taken on the protests.
What earthy good does it do for people to post such junk on FB. Is it actually going to change some one's mind? I'm talking both sides, because, like the President, I think both sides are to blame for this. What earthly good does any of this do, except foster more anger and hatred.
We ought to respect each other feelings and beliefs. So what if we disagree? So what if you hate the President?
Oh and, BTW--those Confederate Generals that you all hate--they were all Democrats. Back then, the Democrats were pro-slavery. They needed large groups of people to help get the only financial support they had--Cotton, planted and picked so they could send it north to the mills. Blame the British if you want. They saw a way to make a financial gain. They had the big boats that could go to Africa and pay a few coins to the Africans for some of their people to transport to the South, to help those Democrats keep up their big plantations.
In 1924, a large conclave of the KKK was welcomed at the Democratic Convention with open arms.
The Grand Dragon of the Michigan KKK lived just around the corner. His kids, who, by the way have turned out to be lovely adults, went to Byron to school with my kids. He was a Democrat.
The Black Panthers I met in College back in the 60's were Democrats.
Oh and if you don't want to take a chance on getting hurt or killed, stay away from protests. They aren't going to change a thing, except add fuel to the fire of hatred that is burning our county down.