This week has brought a ton of changes courtesy of President Trump hitting the ground running, and executing some orders that are, by and large, good ones. Like telling Border Patrol officers that they can actually start enforcing the law (what a concept!). Or like putting a freeze on the $221 million Obama gave to the Palestinian Authority on his way out the door. There are more, but you get the idea.
So yeah, it was a good week in a lot of ways, I have to say. But I want to talk about something that happened Inauguration night before we get too far past it. And that is to what the title of this post is referring – protesters who become unhinged thugs.
Sadly this seems to be happening more and more often these days. We have heard about the mayhem and chaos created by a number of anti-Trump supporters on Inauguration Day. Store windows were broken, bank windows, a limo was set on fire, and more, all to show Trump voters how horrible Trump is by, um, acting horribly, it seems.
Ah, hell – I don’t know what those thugs and criminals thought they were doing, or if they were just taking advantage of the situation as well as the dripping disdain of the media as well as professors and the DNC regarding All Things Trump. Maybe it is all of the above, I don’t know.
Frankly, I have never understood people who thought that it was A-Okay to destroy private property and impede the freedom of movement by their fellow Americans to get to where they were trying to go.
That is precisely what happened to a couple of Gold Star family members the evening of the Inauguration. Their freedom of movement was impeded tremendously by the anti-Trump factions protesting, rioting, and generally violating people’s civil rights all under the guise of “protesting” a man they are just positive will violate civil rights. Guy Benson from Townhall told the story of what happened to these two women., including this report from one of the women herself, Ryan Manion Borek, at Facebook:
Amy Hastings Looney and I were honored to spend the evening at the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Gala, where 38 Medal of Honor recipients attended. What we did not anticipate was the mobs of people who hid behind the veil of the word “protester”. We were an hour late to the event. First because we could not get around an angry mob in the street that was burning trash cans and smashing windows. When we finally got to the venue, a group of about 75 people separated us from the entrance. Amy and I stood there unsure of what to do. I finally said, let’s just walk. As we made our way through the crowd we were spit at and called some of the worst and most vile things I have ever heard come out of a person’s mouth. These people had such hatred in their eyes when they screamed at us. After leaving the event we walked outside and was first pushed by a man in a mask hiding his face, then told by 2 women that we ruined this country. They screamed this in our faces along as in the face of a little boy that could have been no older then 6. As the one woman screamed the other pushed up against me and colored all over my mom’s shawl I was wearing with permanent marker. I am angry and I am scared. My brother and Amy’s husband gave their lives to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear. The display that took place yesterday from people that truly have no comprehension of that jeopardize what makes this country so great. They hid behind the veil of posing as a “protester”, but they are nothing more then thugs. I wake up this morning so upset that this is what it has come to. I share this with all of you because I think it is important to stop giving these criminals an outlet to demonstrate hate. America, we MUST do better. #characterdoesmatter
Yes, character DOES matter, and we have seen a tremendous lack of that writ large over the past few months for sure, but certainly since Trump won the Election.
But now Trump is President, and this is kind of assault on the wives of men who gave their lives to this country, is beyond despicable.
The other woman mentioned in Borek’s piece, Amy Hastings Looney, was on Fox recently, and she had this to say about her experience Inauguration night:
What a brave woman Looney is to have persevered through those so-called “protesters,” but even more to be so dignified about it all especially given her tremendous loss. That these people so disrespected her, her loss, and her husband’s ultimate sacrifice, is simply unacceptable.
Guy Benson also had a link in his piece of his colleague Mary Katharine Ham, a friend of the Borek family, speaking to CNN about the treatment of these women (you can watch that video at the Federalist). Ham makes some great points in the video, including these, as noted at Townhall:
“I don’t think this [incident] characterizes the [women’s] march and the movement that we saw out here today. I want to be careful about that because I think that that’s something people have unfairly done to conservative movements in the past and to Tea Partiers, where you pick one thing and you go: ‘Look at those awful people out there, their concerns should be dismissed.’ But this is part of the story, as is Madonna saying she thinks about blowing up the White House. Those are not great things. If it were a conservative movement, we would hear a lot about it.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Boy, ain’t THAT the truth.
But that it happened at ALL is, well, DEPLORABLE. There is simply no excuse for impeding, accosting, SPITTING on, yelling at, and defacing clothing of people just because someone THINKS they are of the opposite political party. That level of behavior simply cannot be allowed to stand. People need to get a grip, learn some manners, grow the hell up, learn Civics, or all of the above.
My sympathies to both Looney and Borek for the losses of their Warrior husbands, and for the despicable treatment they received from our fellow Americans. They deserve SO much better than that. We all do.
Enough already of the RAGE RAGE RAGE from the intolerant ones who refuse to respect the First Amendment. They need to be put in the corner and think about that there thing, as Andy Griffith used to say, until they can behave like decent people. Until then, they can just keep their rage to themselves and maybe pick up a copy of the Constitution. They might just learn something.
Maybe they can begin with the video below. The following is in honor of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their Gold Star families:
This is an Open Thread.