Dear Protesters,

You are mad.  You want to speak your mind.  But destroy property?  What’s that going to accomplish?

You feel hurt.  You want to be heard.  But hurt other people and call it your right to free speech?  What’s that going to accomplish?

You feel slighted.  You are afraid.  But physically and verbally hurt other people?  What’s that going to accomplish?

You are angry.  You want to stand with others who are angry.  Are you standing with them just to join the angry-parade?  What’s that going to accomplish?

 

I hope you know this – along with our right to free speech also comes the burden of responsibility to pay the appropriate consequences.  Are you prepared for those?

  • Say anything you’d like on social media – but your words might haunt you when you go looking for a job next year.  That’s a consequence.  Was it worth it?
  • Say anything you’d like to law enforcement – but you might find some consequences that aren’t very comfortable.  That’s a consequence.  Was it worth it?
  • Say anything you’d like to your boss – but you might lose your job over it.  That’s a consequence.  Was it worth it?
  • Say anything you’d like to your mother  …. no, don’t.  You don’t want to pay that consequence.

I don’t know why I’m even writing this because I doubt any of the protesters wreaking havoc in Portland are going to take the time to sit down and read this thoughtful blog post… otherwise they’d be reading posts from a far more incendiary blogger than little ol’ me.  But I’ll just say it…

 

Hey – protesters, you are not alone.  There were people truly upset at the last election, and the election before, and the election before.  What’s different is that they did not act out in the same ways we are seeing today.  They had enough self-respect and self-regulation to know that rioting, trashing the city, damaging property, and defaming historic sites was not going to bring about the change they were hoping to see in their world.

I have a few more questions for you protesters –

  • Did you do your independent research on the candidates and vote?
  • Did you encourage your friends and family members to vote?
  • Did you encourage your colleagues and acquaintances to vote?
  • Did you take your future into your own hands and read up on what the candidates stand for?
  • Did you merely listen to what the skewed media was spewing about the candidates?
  • Do you believe everything the media says?
  • Do you think for yourself?  Or are you a follower?

 

Want to make a change?  Put those feelings to work.  Find a cause and go help someone.  You make a difference with your choices.  Will it be for good?  What legacy will you leave?  It’s in your hands.

 

 

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