May 1, 2016 Seattle’s annual May Day march and protests turn violent. Five police officers are injured by the anti-capitalist protesters that had reportedly began throwing rocks, bricks, and molotov cocktails. Are these protests or riots? It’s not just a question of semantics.
Protests or Riots, Not just Semantics
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Please note that in the above quote it clearly says “the right of the people PEACEABLY to assemble.
It clearly does NOT say to assemble to throw rocks, bricks, or molotov cocktails at police.
When people gather together to:
Today’s Protests are Riots
I believe that a huge majority of today’s protest are actually riots by definition. I also believe that they should be treated as such.
When a group of people gather together to disturb the public peace, commit acts of violence on persons or property, hurl projectiles, or intimidate those engaged in legal assembly or commerce, they should be labeled as rioters NOT protesters. And dealt with accordingly.
It is the duty of the police to protect the public from the mayhem and violence in rioting, and I’m sure there are laws in ALL jurisdictions that could be enforced to promote the peace and general welfare of the community.
It is illogical to provide rioters and thugs the comfort and ability to continue their violent tirades. We need to make public examples of each and every rioter.
The should be dealt with quickly to the full penalty of law in an effort to dissuade any and all like minded people from following in their footsteps.
Multiple offenses should carry stiff penalties to further dissuade these actions.
It is of extreme importance that we have an open system for the discussion of public policy or politics. And it is just as important that we do not accept the violent acts of rioters just because they disagree.
Paid Protesters and Rioters a Much Bigger Problem
You have probably been hearing rumors that people are getting paid to protest. The evidence is mounting that indeed this is the case.
The Washington Times has run a story that Black Lives Matter protesters have created a new hashtag, #cutthecheck because they are being stiffed by the organization that promised to pay them.
Here is an unvalidated image showing a list of people and amounts.
ABCNews.com on March 27, 2016 ran a story online that Paul Horner, a protester at a Donald Trump rally in Fountain Hills, AZ confessed to being paid $3500. He answered an ad on Craigslist, interviewed, was accepted, then paid after the event. The check came from an organization called “Women are the Future.”
Here is an ad from Craigslist that was posted in Janesville, WI on March 29, 2016. Offering $15 per hour for protesters at the Trump rally.
This problem of paying people to protest is an insidious one. People with money and the desire to manipulate the system and the population are able to create a false narrative.
We, the citizens of our great nation are then manipulated into believing that there are people who really feel so strongly about a topic or political candidate that they would spend their time, at their own expense protesting.
Instead we are mislead and manipulated by these wealthy individuals and organizations. Perhaps some are stirred into a frenzy. Perhaps some are moved to violence, and yes, now they are rioters.
I submit to you that we need to prosecute people who are involved in these paid to protest movements.
(a) Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, with intent—
(1) to incite a riot; or
(2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or
(3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or
(4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot;
and who either during the course of any such travel or use or thereafter performs or attempts to perform any other overt act for any purpose specified in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this paragraph— 
Shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both
Protests or Riots is it just Semantics?
I ask you then, do you believe these are protests or riots? Is it just semantics?
I don’t think so.
Worse yet is that I believe people are being paid to riot and very little is being done about it. Public opinion is being manipulated.
The freedom of the people to peaceably assemble is being threatened by what are likely wealthy socialist progressive individuals and organizations.
The very roots of our capitalistic, democratic republic are being poisoned. Be on your guard! Look for the real answers, not just what you are being fed by the media.
Most of the media is NOT on your side.
Protests or Riots? Leave your comments below.