Anti-Trump violence: A threat to political speech?

Anti-Trump violence: A threat to political speech?

When Bernie Sanders' supporters and others silenced a Trump rally in Chicago, they didn't just win a victory against Donald Trump, but against the Constitution and freedom of political speech.

2016 Donald Trump Rally Chicago, IL
2016 Donald Trump Rally Chicago, IL

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2016 — The violent protests in Chicago last week are symptomatic of a new kind of politics in America. We are watching the most bombastic presidential race in recent history. The major parties have engaged in a rampant hate-fest during this campaign season rather than focusing on actual policy plans and promises.

Some candidates have tried to use the debates to present their plans for a better nation. But the media’s goal is to use these gatherings to increase television ratings, and the candidates have generally followed the media script. The arguments and accusations have grabbed ratings but done nothing good for the country.

To what end?

Recent rallies for Republican front-runner Donald Trump have produced furious outbursts, mostly by supporters of an another candidate. What should be peaceful gatherings to promote a candidate’s ideas and vision have become venues for the violent suppression of speech.

Is it any wonder so many Americans are shying away from the entire political process all together?

This type of violence solves nothing. It proves nothing, except that muscle and hatred are louder than reason. What point they are making eludes some of the protesters themselves. One woman, after the violent anti-Trump protest in Chicago, was unable when asked by a reporter to explain her involvement in the protest.

Kurt Nimmo at says an organization known as Political Action has taken credit for the violence at the canceled rally. This organization, funded in part by George Soros, promised Nimmo that there will be more violence and disruption at other Trump campaign events leading up to the election.

These violent acts are antithetical to the political process and the Constitution. Perhaps this MoveOn organization hopes the violence will convince people that the Democratic Party should be the voters’ choice. It shouldn’t. Freedom of speech and the right to openly express even hated political views are fundamental to our political system. Many people have died to protect that right. No one has the authority to block that right.

Trump has been boisterous in expressing his ideas and plans for this nation, but he still has the right to express them. People may not agree with him and may even find his expression crude, but he still has the right to express his views, and his supporters have the right to hear him, just as they have the right to hear Bernie Sanders, whom the majority of the protesters support.

The protesters claim that their protests are an exercise of free speech, but that exercise denies Trump the same right. Free speech does not include death threats, threats of rape, or actual violence. Nowhere in the Constitution are such acts protected, and they are un-American behavior.

When we allow the views of one group or party to suppress the speech or political expression of others, we aren’t engaged in politics as usual; what we have is tyranny.

It is imperative that we recognize the dangers of this behavior. The nature of American politics has taken an abrupt turn in the wrong direction and must be corrected—soon. To allow this change to continue and even condone it as constitutional is an outrage. That not only negates everything this country stands for, but also the sacrifice of every life laid down to protect our liberties.

No one—Democrat, Republican or MoveOn.Org—can be allowed to trample political speech. And they won’t—not if the American people, the generations of patriots, refuse to allow it.

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