by Gene Kelly - The situation is deplorable. The blame must be shared by both sides.
Even white supremacists have the Constitutional right to peacefully assemble. Urging supremacy based merely upon race or birth is flawed and wrong. However, our Constitution ensures the right for them to present that proposition into the market place of ideas.
The opponents of that philosophy have the right to present their idea also. Neither has the right, however, to prohibit or interfere with the other side's right to express their thought. Neither has the right to stifle the other's exercise of free speech. If you show up to counter demonstrate you must expect a negative reaction to your presence. If you try to forcibly quell the exercise of someone else's right of free speech you must expect an adverse reaction.
For too long the Left has had free reign in their attempts to stifle the ideas and thoughts of others that they disagree with. From what is happening in Charlottesville that time may be drawing to a close. We Americans, of all political persuasions, love our rights. Even moderate, temperate Americans have a breaking point. There is never a problem until the other guy fights back.
The election should have demonstrated the deep feelings and anger felt by a large portion of the population. A merely cursory review of the growth of both right and left wing militias should have testified to the growing belief that violence was the only remaining answer. You can not compromise without dialogue. You can't have dialogue when one side riots to curtail the other view points from being expressed.
Society is teetering perilously on the precipice of total breakdown. We face a choice; either we back away from our selfish individual agendas or face civil insurrection. My advice is to stock up on food and toilet paper.
- Gene Kelly