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The Mob

November 9, 2018

I guess it depends on which side of the divide you’re on.

60 to 70 people in front of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office holding signs saying people need to go to jail, chanting “Lock Her Up”, and calling for an end to voting. No, not calling to an end to voting, just calling for the stoppage of recording votes. Votes for the other candidate.

A mob? No, concerned citizens.

Men in white shirts and ties banging on the doors of the Supervisor of Elections where a group of election canvassers in Miami-Dade County were meeting to try to figure out how democracy in Florida should move forward. But led by a Republican Congressman (John E. Sweeney), protestors stormed the office, hitting and kicking people trying to shut down the recount. Protestors who were hired and worked for republican organizations. They were effective. The Canvassing Board agreed to shut down the recount effectively handing the presidency of the United States to George W. Bush.

A mob? No, constitutional warriors.

A football game in Denver. The Broncos played the San Diego Chargers for the AFC Championship, with the winner going to the Super Bowl. The Broncos lost and the city rioted. The fans are white and despondent.

A mob? No, just dedicated fans.

Thousands of people went to Washington to protest the placement of a misogynist, a proven liar, and a partisan hack to the Supreme Court. The people were passionate in their protest against what they considered an affront to the sanctity of the Court. Most were women who knew that if Judge Kavanaugh were seated that he would rule against Roe v. Wade.

A mob? Most certainly. People who disrupt an orderly proceeding should be arrested.

Citizens of Ferguson, MO, protested against the fatal shooting of one of their sons by a police officer. The citizens were African American, the 18 year old murdered by the policeman was African American, and the policeman was white. They believed that Michael Brown was shot for no reason, and then was left to die on the street as the police officers watched. These same citizens had been subjected to years of abuse at the hands of the white police and the local government, and they had had enough. So they did the only thing left to people without anything, they stood up and said, No More.

A mob? Oh most assuredly, which is why the police brought in armored cars and reinforcements to insure that the African Americans knew their place.

A politician hounded out of a restaurant because people are angry with his efforts to subvert our democracy. A Press Secretary, a mouthpiece for an authoritarian fascist wannabe is denied dinner in a restaurant by the staff that wants nothing to do with her. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called a fascist because her department is taking immigrant children from their parents and locking them in cages.

A mob? Maybe not, but certainly left wing activists looking to overthrow our government.

In a country that was founded on revolution, inciting revolution will land you in very hot water. But it’s the definition that matters the most. When the right kind of people revolt, it’s a march, a rally. When the wrong kind of people revolt, it’s a demonstration, a stoppage, a strike. Our current president said about the protestors outside the Supreme Court, “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law – not the rule of the mob.”

Democrats have become too dangerous to govern. That’s an interesting, and dangerous, statement. What that says to his supporters is that democrats are dangerous, that they should be handled differently. Which is a euphemism. A call to violence.

Our democracy is currently working the way it should in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. Provisional and mail-in ballots are being counted. The only problem is that they are being counted the wrong way.

They’re being counted for the mob.

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