Election results typically are not cause for protest
Dear Editor: I have been voting for 50 years. In a democracy, we exercise our constitutional right to vote. We may not always agree or like the outcome, but we are “one nation, indivisible.” We are still the United States. We are the only country to boast a Bill of Rights.
We also have the right to protest. This would not be tolerated in an authoritarian government. Violence would be met with more violence.
In the past, I have protested by marching, writing representatives or the press. The causes seemed just.
Election results are usually not just cause for protest. They do not rise to the level of unjust, merely because we do not like it.
Most of the protesters since last week’s election have been young people. Were they not listening in school when taught what freedom means? Many of protesters engaged in appalling behavior.
When queried by the press, many admitted that they had not even voted. If they do not get their way, they throw a tantrum.
The angry reactions represent an inability to process their sadness and/or fear. It is pathological, and is part of the problem, not the solution.
I believe that we have a duty to respect and support our chosen leaders.
We still may protest peacefully and constructively. Lawrence Fine