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0728, 10 Nov 16

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

The overwrought protests by people who lost the election is comical, but it is also a bit scary. Of course, you can always put the shoe on the other foot. Would this kind of bigoted, violent behavior be condoned if Hillary had won?

Protests were underway in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn. and several other cities. An estimated 2,000 protesters shouted angrily in downtown Seattle, expressing their frustration at the Trump victory over Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won 228 electoral votes to Trump’s 279.

Police in riot gear struggled to hold back scores of protesters in some of the cities as protesters chanted “Not My President” and “No Racist USA.”


In Los Angeles, protesters poured into the streets near City Hall and torched a giant Trump effigy, the Los Angeles Times reported. Later in the night, hundreds marched onto the busy 101 Freeway which brought the highway to a complete standstill.


They chanted and yelled “Impeach Donald Trump” and toward the end yelled at police officers who stood guard at the hotel entrance.


The protesters held signs with messages such as “Love Trumps Hate,” “Not My President ” and expletive-laden repudiations.



In Oregon, dozens of people blocked traffic in downtown Portland, burned American flags and forced a delay for trains on two light-rail lines. Trump supporters taunted the demonstrators with signs. At one point, a lone Trump supporter was chased across Pioneer Courthouse Square and hit in the back with a skateboard before others intervened.

And what the heck is this?

Across the country, universities and even a few high schools organized post-election civil disobedience of a different sort. Some teachers sent notes to students postponing tests and offering support. Student unions offered sessions of meditation, discussions and tea.

How about our educational “leaders” tell the students that we had an election and sometimes your candidate loses… grow up. Get involved if you want to help your guy win. And what about students who might be happy about Trump’s win? Again, put the shoe on the other foot. Would these same people be offering safe spaces and counseling for students if Hillary had won? Or would they be celebrating our representative democracy and the peaceful transition of power? Where are the Liberal leaders telling their supporters to respect the system?

I didn’t vote for Trump, but the reaction of the Left is making me happier and happier about it.



0728, 10 November 2016


  1. jonnyv

    This is a good lesson for them that elections will have consequences. I didn’t vote for the Oompa Loompa myself, but I sure hope he doesn’t screw it up now.

    What these people see is a chance that social progress is going to be set back by a decade. Gay Marriage, equal rights, abortion, and birth control. These are things that these people fear losing. And with Trump and Pence’s history… I can understand why they may be scared.

    Can you say with 100% assuredness that some of the things I listed won’t be rolled back to pre-Obama?

  2. Owen

    No, I can’t say that policies regarding some of those things won’t change, but why wouldn’t they? Why shouldn’t they? Liberals seem to have no compunction about implementing their values and policies when they are elected. Why should people of different beliefs be shy about implementing their values and policies when they win elections?

    As Obama famously said when challenged, “I won.”

  3. jonnyv

    I didn’t say that they SHOULDN’T be allowed to change. Trump won fair and square. I am saying that these are the things that people fear. The winners get to write the rules. Personally I think that most of Washington will be too fearful to attempt any big changes in the social PROGRESS that has been made over the last 10 years, regardless of deep down if they want to or not. But I also think that most of them are too fearful to make ANY real change for fear of it being put on their record.

    Both sides have their share of extremists. But let me tell you, it is scary right now some of the racists, bigots, and xenophobes that are coming out of the woodwork. Feeling emboldened by a Trump victory. I truly hope it is a temporary flare up. I am hearing stories similar to what we saw after 9/11 with harassment of people of different ethnic backgrounds, in person and online.

  4. jonnyv

    Owen, while I have your ear for just 5 seconds. Do you host this website out of your basement??? I really enjoy it (and mostly disagree with it), but it has to be one of the slowest loading websites I visit. :)

  5. Owen

    We’re upgrading later this week, and it should help with that. Thanks for reading!

  6. Owen

    Oh, and I’m pretty disgusted with the haters on both sides coming out of the woodwork, but I think that the vast majority of the people who voted for Trump are not of that ilk. I think most of them are just frustrated with a government that they think no longer serves their interests and voted for a radical change.

  7. jonnyv

    I totally agree Owen. I think that most of them were just fed up with what has been going on and felt ignored, and hated Hillary. But for some reason, as a candidate, he (inadvertently???) spoke to the alt-right extremists.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    Trump had promised protests and revolts if he lost.  Hired gun Clarke promotes violence as well.  If the election had gone the other way things may have gotten even nastier.

    The proof will be in how Trump governs.  Will he be the racist, sexist, xenophobe that he made himself out to be during the campaign?  Will he be the RINO that many claimed he is?  Will he keep his campaign promises to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, deport all Muslims, throw HRC in jail, repeal ACA, lower wages, tell the generals how smart only he is?   Only time will tell.

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