By Dr. Derek Ellerman
While I doubt that anyone really knows what’s going to happen with the rumor about President Trump’s pending arrest, outside of perhaps Trump himself or Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, we know one thing for sure.
New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy wants Americans to stand down and not protest in the event that the leading Presidential contender is arrested by his top political opponent.
He’s not alone, either.
If you are going to peacefully protest anything as a conservative: go with multiple people, everyone take cameras, stream live if you can… and immediately expose any "protesters" encouraging violence in the crowd.
Ray Epps was far from a lone actor.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 20, 2023
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McCarthy: Don’t Protest!
In response to the rumors about a pending arrest, McCarthy told a gaggle of reporters, “I don’t think people should protest this, no. We want calmness out there.”
Of course, most everyone prefers calm. All the talk that has stemmed from President Trump’s own calls for protest have invariably invoked the specter of the Capitol riots, and vague warnings of violence.
Nobody wants violence.
But there’s a disturbing trend happening on the right. If you look across social media, you just might find your favorite conservative pundit agreeing with McCarthy. (I won’t name anybody, that’s not my purpose.)
It all started with President Trump’s update about the Manhattan DA, in which he encouraged his countrymen to “Protest, take our nation back!”
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A perfectly reasonable thing to say, as far as politics goes.
Not so – at least according to some conservative pundits and the liberal media, which are unfortunately in agreement on this question.
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To Protest or Not to Protest
Most of the comments I’ve seen opposing protests fall along a similar logical fault line:
“You saw what happened on January 6. They want conservatives to protest. They want more violence. Don’t give it to them!”
This is also a perfectly reasonable assessment. However, it carries a fatal flaw.
What’s happening now is the right is being conditioned to, frankly, never protest anything again.
See, it doesn’t matter what the underlying cause of the protest is, once enough people are convinced that merely attending a protest is a possible prison sentence.
All the left’s work is done for them – no one will ever push back or show up en masse for fear of “another January 6.”
It’s a particularly nefarious form of guilt by association, and it’s always used by the folks in power to denigrate protesters. If a handful of knuckleheads get out of hand (or attack police, as it were) while the vast majority of protesters are peaceful, all get painted with the Violence Brush.
It’s a rather easy way to de-legitimize not just the protesters, but the cause itself.
Now, of course, smart and honest people don’t fall for this stuff. But it works. Like I said, just take a quick perusal of your favorite pundits. How many of them are warning people not to protest, for fear of some knucklehead?
Now, I’m not saying anyone should or shouldn’t protest this particular event – if it actually does come to pass. Americans are free men. They don’t need my permission or anyone else’s. The permission slip was written in blood long ago, and then again in ink in the Bill of Rights.
What I’m saying is, don’t let the hysteria get through. If an injustice occurs, don’t be afraid to protest because some moron hit a cop with a flag pole two years ago.
While the left and the power do want a protest to get out of hand so they can blame “extreme MAGA” people, what they want even more is for their opponents to simply melt away and never raise their voices again.
Just be smart, and safe. Never silent.
If you are going to peacefully protest on Tuesday, be aware of your surroundings… The corrupt FBI would love nothing more than to bait you in.
— Gunther Eagleman™ (@GuntherEagleman) March 19, 2023
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NO ( ZERO – NADA – NONE ) “Comments shown” and yet “You have already voted on this Comment” – Come on peoples – don’t be ridiculous !
I often wondered about McCarthys’ real political leanings – to be honest he has never struck me as a genuine “Republican / Conservative” – just another full-time politician whose interests NEVER stray far from his own backside !
NOBODY needs McCarthys’ “permission” or even “blessing” to say what is on their minds – especially when McCarthy is FAILING to stand up for what is RIGHT and AGAINST what is totally WRONG with our countrys’ weasle-ridden politics and wholly CORRUPT DoJ !
If we allow ourselves to be INTIMIDATED by “The Administration” and its’ ineffectual “opponents” in Congress – then we throw away the Constitutional RIGHTS so hard-fought for in history, and condemn ourselves to servitude under whoever says “They Won an Election” just like today !
It is always easier to stay sitting when something NEEDS to be said, but if ALL “Good Men/Women” stay sat then the USA will cease to exist within one generation – the demise has already started. Just look around you !
Think about it ! Is America worth “Saving” ? YOUR CALL !
McCarthy you need to back off, Deplorables have enough aptitude to make their own decisions….Next, that lard butt prosecutor is a product of affirmative action, paid for by Soros and attempting to play politic with a misdemeanor that has no legs…I think he will puncture his short lived career…..If another thinks he can put forth a plan for America that appeals more than knowing what Trump has proven, they might get a chance and Trump may well applaud them….America wants a proven leader and they know this man should make his case….
I agree! Dems are looking for an excuse or reason to blow everything out of proportion. Dig up more dirt
As I have said before (and will no doubt say again), IF Trump could keep his mouth shut he’d still be POTUS.
I tired of being “calm”. We get blamed, arrested, fined and abused for everything the Liberals/Democrats do and now you ask us to give up our right to peacefully protest. This arrest is total BS by a man that seeks fame. This has nothing to do with the Law of this Country. Bragg is releasing hardened criminals that are a threat to humanity, and spending all this time, money and effort on a darn mistemeanor. Our legal system absolutely sucks and is an embarrassment to our Country. Justice may be blind, but it should never be political or STUPID!!!! McCarthy needs to grow a pair….
so NOW how ’bout what’s mcCarthy gonna do if or when this happens? nothing???
He might just rustle up an “Angry Meow !!”
Protest!!! It’s one of our last remaining rights. After you’re done protesting the “Trump arrest”, protest George Soros and drag him through the streets of DC so we can pummel him with rotten tomatoes!. Just a thought.
I doubt there are sufficient Rotten Tomatoes in the USA to make enough of a dent in the Soros machine – but a happy thought all the same ;)