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It was a state of naiveté to think that Nov. 9, 2016 would bring to a close the fevered negativity and hyperbole of the loudest and often the most hateful.

Expectations were that there would be grumbling and some would be vocal for a bit, but the sane among us never thought we’d be witnessing the events that have occurred and still are happening.

The uninformed and self-appointed privileged confuse freedom of speech and sensible protesting with dangerously blocking streets and freeway traffic, looting, burning and destroying property of others; basically interfering in the lives of decent people who are just trying to go about their lives.

The civilly challenged claim they didn’t like the outcome of the presidential election, they mistakenly believe that acting like hooligans is their right, no matter who is harmed.

Much of the activity was and is simply lawless and chances to wreak havoc, versus demonstrate any palpable sense democracy.

For instance, in one Portland, Oregon riotous event that lasted five days, a local news outlet reported 70 percent of the arrestees were either not even registered to vote or, if they were, they did not cast a ballot in the presidential election.

As an aside, those five days of hooliganism caused $1 million in property damage.

This type of activity is a burden on tax payers and the working class. Businesses have to buy insurance specifically for such perils or the business takes the full hit .If they can recover. If that business does not open, workers do not go to work, thus no pay check.

The damages trickle down and the law-abiding suffer.

I think I just described terrorism.

Death threats were and are abound.

Someone went to a lot of effort to learn the identity of the GOP Electoral College people. Those GOP electoral received thousands of emails and many were vicious. The worst were death threats.

Naturally the Hollywood elites had to get involved with their inane video directed, of course, at only the GOP electors, under the guise of “vote your conscious”.

That theme is flabbergasting, considering each and every one of the “stars” are Hillary team members and considering Hillary’s antics of the past several years, that group actually had the unmitigated gall to lecture on “conscience”.

The plan to intimidate the GOP electorate backfired: in conclusion, Hillary lost five electoral votes and Trump only lost two. In other words, those in Hillary’s camp made sure she lost again.

They still have not learned. Now this group is planning to actively promote bedlam and anarchy at Trump’s inauguration.

Through it all, just imagine if Hillary had prevailed and conservatives acted out with riots, destruction, injuring people, threatening to kill anyone not on their side etc.—you know, like the left is doing.

Oh how different the headlines would be.

Betty Arenson

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  1. Mbb says:

    You and all the conservatives of the 60’s and 70’s said the same thing about the Vietnam protesters – and we ended the war.

    There is place in this country for all forms of civil disobedience. You should know better what role civil disobedience has played in the history of this country!

  2. Gary Horton says:

    Betty,

    This time you are surely right about destruction of public and private property. There is no excuse for acting out like this, save for action against real government tyranny. This election was not tyranny. It was simply unfortunate, and now we (and you, too) will have to pay the price for short sighted thinking by ill-informed voters.

    Yes, it was a trough choice election. No gems here, on either side.

    So, Betty, now the ball is firmly in your court. What will you do with it? The tale this time, will surely be in the tape. Let’s see where we are in 2 – 4 years.

    Right now, 3.5% economic growth, 4.8% unemployment, relative peace, low interest rates, rising housing values, stock market at all time high. 20 million more insured than before 2008. Virtually no “terrorism” in the U.S. – certainly far less than the 3,200 lost in NY during the Bush years. Also, no mismanaged “Katrinas.”

    So, let’s check back in 2 – 4 years. For the sake of the nation I hope that the Republican majority governs as adults, caring for the people of the United States. We see that here locally, but have failed to see it nationally. I hope it all works out – for you and me and everyone. But I harbor serious doubts.

    – Gary

  3. CJJ says:

    3 words is whats responsible for this, B.L.M.

  4. mellie says:

    Betty, I hope you will keep going. These people know absolutely nothing about anything, politics included, no matter how you/we explain to them the unAmerican problems caused by these leftists. They need to take the poles out of their eyes so that they can see the truth and how our country now will be the better for the correction the people just made.

  5. This opinion piece is so out of touch, it almost reads as satire.

  6. Mbb says:

    This isn’t about insulting each other – that’s so silly. I have led a responsible life, succeeding in my work, involved in more than one non-profit and volunteering so much personal time for the good of the community.

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