The night Chicago died: Protests in the Windy City
BERKLEY SPRINGS, WV, March 12, 2016 – Current information suggests the protesters at last night’s Trump 2016 rally in Chicago were largely part of organized groups coming in from the outside. The protesters from organized agitators like #BlackLivesMatter and #MoveOn.org are becoming a part of the political theater which is working to stop Trump’s nomination to the top of the ticket.
Unfortunately, the path that protesters are taking is the suppression of Trump and the right of Trump supporters to free speech and peacefully assemble.
And when that happens in Chicago, it is a sad, sad day.
Chicago is known for its protests and for the protection of those that would peacefully assemble, regardless of their view. Protection of our First Amendment rights once being sacrosanct in this country.
As a ten year old child of the Windy City, I was aware in 1968 of the Democrat Convention that led to one of the city’s greatest mass violence events. In 1968 the Democrat party was deeply divided with President Johnson announcing he would not seek the office of the President on March 31.
Johnson’s abdication meant that then Vice President Hubert Humphrey entered into the race but after not participating in the primary season. Instead of earning the delegates necessary to obtain the nomination, the DNC threw the super delegate votes that the party controlled to the Vice President.
As voters have learned, in the 2015-16 Democrat primary process, it is the party controlled “super delegates” that determine the nominee, not necessarily the votes of the people.
The quest to stop Trump by Republican establishment influencers including Senator’s Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz is leading them to manipulate the primary and nomination process by working to ensure a brokered convention in Ohio in July.
A brokered convention would allow the RNC, as the DNC did in 1968, to throw the delegates to, presumably, Mitt Romney, though both Cruz and Rubio hope it would be tossed to them.
One has to ask if Marco Rubio’s vocal stand against Trump is the public face of the RNC manipulating the voters and the process.
What caused the 1968 Democrat process to de-evolve was the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
At the time of Kennedy’s murder, the delegate count stood at Humphrey 561.5, Kennedy 393.5, McCarthy 258.
Kennedy’s death left his delegates uncommitted.
America was just starting to emerge from Vietnam, physically and emotionally and then Senator McCarthy, an anti-war campaign was seen as the anti-war peace candidate while Vice President Humphrey, who was seen as the candidate who represented the a continuation of the Johnson White House.
In the end, the Democratic Party nominated Humphrey despite that 80 percent of the primary voters had been for anti-war candidates, the delegates had defeated the peace plank by 1,567¾ to 1,041¼. (Wikipedia)
Voters saw this turn of events as being the result of then Democrat influencer and Mayor of Chicago Richard Daley, and President Johnson manipulating the delegate process as Humphrey, never participating in one primary or earning one delegate, won the Democratic nomination.
Humphrey lost that election to Republican Richard Nixon.
The Nazi Party marched in Skokie, just outside of Chicago, in 1977. Skokie was a majority Jewish community that my father’s automotive business served. In Skokie in the late 1970’s there were over 7,000 Holocaust survivors in the Chicago suburb, representing more than 40% of population and counted as the largest concentration of survivors in the U.S. at the time.
The ACLU came out in defense of the Nazi’s right to assemble and march and the Nazi’s were allowed to assemble, and march. The City of Skokie protected those that would express their First Amendment rights, both those the marched and those that protested their message of hate.
This video was created by the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
The incident in Skokie was memoralized in the eponymous movie, Skokie, starring beloved actor Danny Kaye as Max Feldemann, a Holocaust survivor.
In the film he stands up to religious leaders who say ignore, turn your back on Nazi’s but Feldman says no and leads a group of Holocaust survivors to stand up against the hate group.
The film spans a year and a half of legal battles and explores the meaning of freedom and First Amendment in the United States of America and should be required viewing in every high school and college campus today.
Trump says most incidents involving protesters are tame and in control, saying that he has been “very mild” with those who disrupt his events and that his events are gatherings of “great love” that are interrupted by some unruly, violent people.
Other say Trump’s words have incited the protesters and violence.
The question for the nation is what we are losing in this process and by using violence against those we oppose. It is so painful to hear differing views that we resort to aggression and maybe even bloodshed? Are we so intolerant?
Who really are we, as a people and a country, and what do we stand for?
Ugly, violent protests against those who oppose us seems counter to the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness our forefathers bestowed upon us.
It’s time to remember what it means to be American, and to stand up for those values.