Women’s March in Washington, 1/21/2017 ABC News
Many protestors against president Donald Trump argue that they are justified in complaining because his victory was narrow, he is a bad man, and his policies are unfair or undesirable (in their opinion). At first glance this seems logical, but it misses something…
Approximately half the country feels just as strongly that the policies of the last three or four administrations (since Reagan, basically) are unfair or undesirable, that those presidents were bad (Clinton, abuse of women and interns), stupid (George Bush) or downright un-American (Obama due to apologies, pro-Islamic policy, etc.). They have by and large held their demonstrations in check and accepted the results of elections. BUT THEY HAVE JUST AS MUCH RIGHT TO THEIR PREFERENCES AS THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS, BECAUSE THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN SPLIT NEAR 50-50 FOR MOST OF ITS HISTORY.
In other words, it’s not about Donald Trump. That is a red herring. Every insult hurled at him is really hurled at the people who supported him, and we have continued to do so in the face of those insults for a long time and they are not going to change anything now. We are sharing the country, on a near-parity basis, and regardless of how morally certain the opposition is in their cause, we are just as certain. In fact, history is on our side. Liberal societies (or spendthrift aggressive ones in the case of the last Bush administration) have not had staying power.
The former are overrun by immigrants, typically, from which follows incessant demands to pander to this group or that until no country worth defending can be found left standing. Ask the Romans. In the latter case, it ends in bankruptcy (as it did in 2008-9) and joblessness, even if one avoids losing one of the many wars (as Germany did).
Protests are for hidden things, to call attention to them. They are not an effective means to overthrow a government. We saw the failure of that in Ukraine, Syria, ad nauseam. Minorities protest. Near-parity political forces must avoid it, or the society breaks down.