Elec­tion re­sults typ­i­cally are not cause for protest

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

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


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