Progressives made a big mistake
People have every right to peacefully protest the election of Donald Trump or anyone else. However, they aren’t doing themselves any favors for two reasons (“Anti-Trump protests continue in NewYork, LA, Philadelphia,” Nov. 14):
First, protesting Mr. Trump before he even takes office dilutes the power of protest. If and when President Trump does something which offends them enough to take to the streets again, it’ll just appear to be “business as usual.”
Secondly, it calls to attention their Achilles’ heel, which is that the protesters (and progressives in general) believe in increasing federal power. But apparently, they never considered that power could end up in the hands of someone they didn’t like. And in that, there’s no hope for victory. Should President Trump turn out to be a good or even a not-so-bad president, then their protests will seem silly and premature. If, however, President Trump wields the reins of power to the detriment of the country and the world, it won’t prove them right. To the contrary, it’ll prove their support of an all-powerful federal government was wrong.
The problem we all face isn’t in who is president, but rather in the precedent they helped set which has imbued the office with far too much power.