So, here I am living in Chicago, where they held the NATO G8 Summit. The media – television and radio – had been relatively uneventful until Friday evening when we heard a small news blurb about a house, in the Bridgeport area, which had been raided based on a hunch of “possible illegal activity” connected to the summit and protesters, but we’ll get to that later.
“Peaceful Solidarity,” rings out from protesters as a journalist from the local news radio station broadcast live from the Daley Center on Friday evening. “We just want our side to have a unified voice. We want to show the nation we matter and that our cause is one that will not go away. We will fight for our civil rights.” Somehow, the words peaceful, solidarity, and fight, do not sit right with me. For the protesters and the residents of Chicago, Friday was primarily uneventful.
Saturday was a complete mirror opposite of Friday. It began with news that the home raided in Bridgeport allegedly revealed the operation of a terrorist operation. It seems nine people were taken into custody, three held for conspiring to commit terrorist acts by building incendiary devices, and the other six were release. The three “self-proclaimed anarchists” being held claimed the swords, knives, a mortar gun, a hunting bow, the bottles, rags, and flammable liquid assembled into Molotov cocktails, were “to make home brewed beer”, later rescinding their statement saying they were, “subjects of an elaborate scheme concocted by police, and they were victims of police entrapment.”
On Saturday at 7:00 PM, I had been in my car and had over an hour drive ahead of me, I turned on the local news radio station and listened to the coverage of the Summit. The protesters were marching in downtown Chicago. They were getting physically forceful with police, shoving them and attempting to stop police vehicles with their bodies. One protester punched a police officer, several shoved officers, and many had thrown water at the officers. The object of the protesters was clear, to incite the officers into a brutal confrontation. I wondered about the “Peaceful Solidarity.”
I do agree some protesters have a very valid reason to assemble, and it is their civil right to protest, but as we are hanging our hats on this all-important civil right, we cannot ignore its entire context. According to the US Constitution Americans have the Right to Assemble and the Right to Freedom of Speech. However, according to the US Constitution, those Civil Rights are waved once those who are assembling and speaking out incite “lawless action”. I would venture to say, attacking police constitutes “lawless action.”
Why do I care? I have members of my family, and several friends, who are civil servants. They are working the NATO Summit. Converging on my sons vehicle while wielding a knife stabbing at the vehicles tires, concerns me (why would a “peaceful” protester bring a knife to a rally in the first place?). The officers wielding batons, attempting to bring order and safety not only to an out of control crowd, but out of concern for their safety as protesters are grabbing at them and kicking them, is indeed necessary. If you do not want to be on the receiving end of a police baton, you probably should not be in the vicinity of one in the first place.
And seriously people, do you really think, rescind that… think, does your anger fed messages of stop this or do that matter to a room full of politicians who are oblivious to what is going on out in the streets. You are motivated by anger and civil disobedience. The folks living in quiet neighborhoods surrounding the area do not deserve your “voice.” If you really want to do some good, take your do-gooder asses over to Calumet City, or the West side of Chicago, the drug infested, gang riddled areas, and help take back the streets. Oh, I forgot, that’s reality; real life people with real guns and real issues, not a place you have the balls to go fight the real war, beside your stop war overseas is more important than the war here on America’s turf.
On Sunday, the protesters numbers increase as do the level of disorderly outbreaks and acts of civil disobedience. Protesters, on live television, accuse the police for the outbreaks stating, “They have no right to tell us where we can or cannot go”, as the protesters attempt to march toward McCormick Place, where the NATO Summit is being held. Well, yes, as a matter of fact they do. When considering national security measures, they do have a right to tell you not to go near the Summit dummy.
Every protester grabbing for a media microphone and the attention of a nation captivated by the idiocracy in the streets, begins bashing the police for their presence and police department crowd control policies. While these “dirty pigs” as they were referred to, attempt to maintain some kind of order, and you as a protester direct your rage and physical aggression toward the man or woman dedicated to serve and protect, here’s a bit of advice. The next time you are in need of police assistance, or for that fact let’s include fire, and ambulance since they all work for the same civil service agency, don’t bother the “dirty pigs” deal with it yourself.
If your wife is involved in an accident, let it be her problem. Your daughter get’s raped, she can deal with it. You are robbed, tough, your problem, deal with it! Your house is on fire, piss on it and hope your neighbors and fellow protesters have full bladders and they will help out by pissing on the flames. Grandpa has a heart attack, zap him with an electrical cord and call it a day. If you don’t have any respect for the system, for my family members and friends who are civil servants, why should they put their lives on the line, in harm’s way, for you, and respect or help you?
And the ex-military who bash the police for their tactics are the worse, they are the biggest hypocrites of all. Out of everyone, they should understand the police have a duty to follow orders and maintain order, after all, is that not what the military does when it is at war or when it is called in to maintain order? For those of you who are ex-military, throwing away military medals and speaking out against war, pardon me but if I am not mistaken you voluntarily entered the service. Voluntarily deciding to enter the military, to defend your country’s freedom, then speaking out against military involvement or action, is ridiculously hypocritical.
Bottom line, the protesters are out of control. The police are well with the rights of the Constitution of the United States to control the violence. The Occupy movement has lost focus of its Peaceful Solidarity purpose. We know from example of the Million Man March in National Mall, Washington D.C. in 1995, when people unify for a cause peaceably, and organized they march for the benefit of a single purpose, they get results. This NATO G8 Summit protester’s march is anything but unified, and there are a number of hundreds of causes people are attempting to bring attention to.
But hey, a few people, like the masked man who refused to show his face on television claiming how the “real problem is the people sitting in the NATO meeting deciding who we will go to war with next, they hide behind war and walls of police barricades, but they can’t ignore our demands any longer.” I hate to break it to you masked man, but taking attention, and resources, from the city to have your fifteen second of fame while we see you interviewed in a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a bandanna covering your face (no he’s not hiding anything!), those dignitaries who are meeting a mile away from you, don’t hear you, don’t know you exist, are not watching this broadcast and they are preoccupied with running the world you masked idiot!
I am truly heart broke for the plight of many of the groups of legitimate protesters who see this as a final attempt to be heard. The teachers, the elderly, the nurses. It’s the snot-filled bratty little punk ass kids and do-gooders who are attempting to incite riots and provoking negativity, they are the ones who piss me off and ruin it for the legitimate protesters. I am a writer, I believe in the right to free speech. I believe in all civil rights. I also know if I abuse my rights, I lose them – as should the protesters who disregard the authority of police and incite civil disobedience.
We as a nation need to unite and give those who deserve the attention, the legitimate protesters, the people who have valid concerns, the platform. Those so-called do-gooders who band together in the name of solidarity whose aim is to incite hate and civil disobedience have no place in the protesters voice of reason. As a nation, the leaders of our country must listen to our plea, as a band of renegade terrorists and unruly dissenters, we lose any possibility to be heard and taken seriously. Changes in our histories legislation came about through great battles fought with courage and controlled tongues, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, these are just a few of the many who men, who led by example, while attempting to effect change in government policy, perhaps we should follow in their footsteps.
This has been a… View From My Loft