Yes, people are upset. That’s not the question. But was this the right course of action?
No. It wasn’t.
His reasons are pragmatic, but they are also principled.
There is a right way and a wrong way for our side to show the world we’re pissed off. This was, emphatically, the wrong way.
— Dan Whipple (@DanWhipple_) January 7, 2021
He gives a list of pretty compelling reasons.
To begin with, we are not playing the game by the same rules as the left.
Right-of-center activists don’t have the backing of politicians, the media, and billion-dollar corporations like their counterparts on the left do. Their darlings in Antifa and BLM can do no wrong — even when people die as a result of those protests, those stories are quickly swept under the rug. If you don’t believe it, just look at the mainstream media coverage of, for example, David Dorn compared to the constellation of political martyrs on the left, from George Floyd right on down.
The difference is night and day.
Team MAGA thinking they can play by the same rules that Antifa and BLM get away with on the regular is just not realistic.
Their guys can pull these stunts and get a positive response from corporations, politicians, and the press. They can get narrative backing. They get to keep an air of operating on a ‘moral high ground’.
Our guys? Not so much.
In fact, they’ll pay a price… most likely prison.
Don’t count on Kamala Harris calling for these guys to have their bail paid for them, either. That kind of support goes to hardened criminals, murderers, and rapists, but not a Trump supporter.
Since we face consequences that the professional protesters comprising the militant wing of the Democrat party will never face, we would be stupid to adopt their preferred policies of violence and mayhem even if it were NOT counterproductive (which it absolutely is).
Nothing is gained by Team MAGA here. We only rack up the losses.
— Loss of life (the woman who was shot, among others)
— Loss of freedom (prison sentence for the protesters)
— Loss of liberty (the left will almost certainly use these events to justify constraints on our Constitutional freedoms)
If we’re going to win this fight, we’ve got to do better.
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