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Save Protests for Issues That Truly Matter

Save Protests for Issues That Truly Matter

A protest by Atheists of Racine, next to a nativity scene in downtown Racine, Wis., in 2007. (Gregory Shaver/AP)

Friday, 16 December 2016 12:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Hammonton, New Jersey, a quaint town near Philadelphia, is particularly striking during the holidays, when its Victorian houses serve as backdrop for the town’s Christmas parade.

With Santa in tow, nothing could tar such a festive occasion. Or, could it?

Turns out, there was a protest that made national headlines. Why? Because Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager, was the parade’s Grand Marshal.

No joke. The protesters demanded that Conway be removed, solely because she worked for a candidate whom they didn’t like.

But what’s so mind-boggling is the protester’s hypocrisy. Many claimed Conway was a bad role model. So let’s get this straight — the only woman to ever orchestrate a successful presidential campaign, and who always represented herself with class, even when her candidate put her in an awkward position, is not a good role model?

Yet, if Conway had run Hillary Clinton’s campaign, win or lose, she would have been welcomed with open arms.

Too bad the protesters didn’t realize what a terrible example they were setting.

The message that people can only be good role models if they pass the litmus test of radical protesters is irresponsible at best, dangerous at worst.

Ironically, their strategy backfired. Most people, Democratic and Republican, innately know that:

  • There is a time and place for legitimate protests.
  • And, the Hammonton parade wasn’t it. The protesters are either dumber than they appear, or created a stir to gain media attention. Either way — they looked foolish.

Americans historically have employed protests: fighting taxation imposed by England; opposing slavery; advocating women’s suffrage; seeking better treatment of Native Americans; pushing antiwar movements; battling for civil rights.

And just recently, the decision to run an oil pipeline near a Native American reservation was temporarily halted after organizers voiced concerns. One doesn’t have to agree with the protesters, but their issues are legitimate, from fearing water contamination to building on sacred ground.

However, it seems like protesting has become America’s new pastime. The “coddled generation,” believing it’s entitled to everything, springs into action whenever it feels “offended,” the facts be damned.

Unlike protests where people united behind common-sense ideas, demonstrations have devolved into it’s-all-about-me affairs, with protesters more concerned about going “viral” rather than fighting for something of substance.

Consider these gems:

  • Protests, some violent, erupted nationwide after Trump’s victory, with some vowing to demonstrate until the inauguration. But what were they protesting? That Trump won fair and square? America’s election system? Interestingly, that same system never bothered them when their candidates won. Were they protesting democracy itself? But tellingly, at the first snap of cold weather, the protesters quickly retreated to the comfort of their homes. So much for a principled stand.
  • These geniuses haven’t yet realized that shutting down city streets is counterproductive, infuriating those they are attempting to influence. Yes Donald Trump was divisive. But he won. That indisputable fact needs to be accepted once and for all.
  • The Clinton campaign is protesting by backing futile recounts and suggesting that electors be given a U.S. intelligence briefing on possible Russian hacking. While the Reds may have been responsible for DNC leaks, there is zero evidence that they altered election results. These wild goose chases are designed to delegitimize the President-elect, further dividing an America that desperately need to come together.
  • What are we recounting, and why? There are mechanisms in place for recounts when margins are extremely close. They weren’t triggered. So what we have are recounts being pushed by those with self-serving agendas under the guise of protesting a rigged election. Many Democrats chastised Trump because he didn't unequivocally pledge to accept the election results. Now these same people have yet to concede defeat, simply because the result didn't favor them.  
  • Several University of Texas football players threatened to boycott the team if their coach was fired. Yet nary a peep of criticism was leveled at them. The answer should have been a warning by university officials, “Any football player who boycotts a team activity loses his scholarship immediately. Since the university is publicly funded, your scholarships are subsidized by the people. You lose it, you pay your own tuition bill.”

The same message should apply to teachers who walk out of class to protest. There must be zero tolerance for that type of behavior.

Protest is in our blood. More than just a right, it is our duty when we perceive an injustice, and, if done smartly, can be an unmatched tool for change.

But to protest just for its own sake, and to gain likes on social media, dishonors the courageous Americans who sacrificed so much to achieve great things.

So let’s keep baseball as our national pastime and protest the things that really matter.

How can anyone protest that?

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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