How about voting instead of mob-rule actions?
Dave Weiner's July 4 letter apparently understands the protesters' reasons to remove or destroy statues, and pinpoints on the most controversial statues. Dave wants confederate statues torn down, another writer wants Columbus statues torn down. Apparently there is no need for a vote on removal, just mob action. Now is that Dave's idea of real democracy?
Where does the un-elected mob stop? Statues of Washington, Jefferson, even Lincoln are removed now by violent mob action. Social Warriors in Portland are attacking the Federal Courthouse, torching it and attacking it for days. If the unelected mob wants that down, and rule of law removed is that OK Dave? Mob book burning next?
Dave's thinking is “Many of us, Democrats and Republicans, want removal of monuments celebrating champions of slavery.” I agree slavery is awful, and in many areas such statues have been removed by vote. But shall we give in to mob action? You can probably get another small mob to violently remove any memorial to John Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt or dare I say it Martin Luther King. Is that defensible in your mind too? What about churches not in line with today's thinking, burn them? Is the Guillotine currently set up at fellow Democrat Jeff Bezos' home OK?
I like elections. If something is evil, convince a majority of it and have it removed by elections. Mob actions still remind me of the Taliban or travesties like the French Revolution. Your mob may turn on you Dave!
— BK Brooks, Chico