by Bob Branco
People have protested for centuries. I’ve done it myself. However, I believe that the only time we should protest is if we expect something back, such as a pay raise, additional human rights, or anything else that’s tangible. Special interest groups, labor unions, and grass roots groups protest a lot, but their requests are logical.
Since the election of 2016, there has been massive protesting throughout this country. In fact, it’s become clear to me that much of this protesting has to do with Donald Trump being President. I’d like to know what these protesters think they will accomplish. We have an electoral process in place, one of the best processes in the world. However, it’s not going to please all of us. Donald Trump is not going to relinquish the Presidency to his opponent just because hundreds of thousands of people are protesting. It is what it is.
I also heard that many protesters took their children out of school to join them. Really? What kind of parents are they? Don’t they want their children in school in order to be educated? When I mentioned this to someone, he said, “It’s only one day.” This is another example of how weak a part of our society has become. We have people who don’t care that kids are taking days out of school to help their parents protest for nothing. I grew up during a time when the truant officer looked for you if you missed school for any reason other than illness. We need that again.
I also heard that several children set a car on fire during a protest, and their parents cheered them on. This is absolutely ridiculous. What kind of parent encourages his child to burn a car because he wants the child to fight with him just for the sake of it?
Since the founding of our country, we’ve changed Presidents 44 times. Some people were happy with these changes while others were not. It’s life. Let’s all move forward and work together as a nation. It may help America be strong once again.
About the Author
Bob Branco resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is a self-published author of four books. He is a community organizer, tutors persons with visual impairments, and has written columns for local and international organizations. Bob’s web site is www.dvorkin.com/robertbranco/.