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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  January 20, 2017

Topic category:  Liberal/Progressive/Left

Illegitimate Protest
Without a truthful rational foundation, "protest" based entirely on unsupportable emotion-based accusations lacks any legitimacy.

Watching news coverage of inauguration eve protestors in Washington, DC, I was struck by the refusal of those waving placards and chanting slogans to engage in intelligent conversation with reporters. You'd think protesters would jump at a chance to make the basis for their protest known to a national radio or TV audience. The very few who ventured to speak with reporters were incoherent and clearly revealed the lack of any factual basis for their "protest". This raises questions about the legitmacy of these "protests".

Definition: Protest - to make objection to or speak strongly against; an organized public demonstration expressing strong objection to a policy or course of action adopted by those in authority.

By implication, for a "protest" to have any legitimacy it must be reasonablly rooted in demonstrable fact. For example, in a competition in which participants are bound by an agreed upon set of rules, a participant can protest any competitor's violation of the rules. For any protest to be legitimate, it must be well-reasoned and defensible within the context of the competition rules.

For a pubic protest to have legitimacy, it must possess the following two characteristics:

Those in Washington, DC, who are "protesting" the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States cannot cite a single legitimate basis for their protest. Not one.

Most "protesters" could not or would not speak with reporters. On the rare occasion when a protester engaged with reporters, they could not engage in civil, rational discourse and they could not articulate a legitimate basis for their protest. However, they were accomplished at "motor-mouthing" or "filibustering" that made any real discussion difficult. Such behavior is a tried and true characteristic of Leftists whenever they engage someone who poses serious questions about their positions. Leftists are never interested in civil debate on any subject because they cannot sustain their arguments on a truthful and rational basis. That is why they maintain "the debate is settled" when, in fact, it is not.

We heard:

Without a truthful rational foundation, "protest" based entirely on unsupportable emotion-based accusations lacks any legitimacy, therefore, protests opposing Donald J. Trump's inauguration are completely illegitimate.

Are we really witnessing nothing more than a well-funded campaign by globalist George Soros to unleash his bitter anger over having failed to influence the 2016 election by assuring a victory for Hillary Clinton?

If so, expect Soros-funded globalist interference to continue well into Trump's first year as President.

Bob Webster
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Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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