Remember All the Violent, Anti-Obama Protests by Republicans in 2008 and 2012?

Written by Gary Fouse

Looking at all the tears and protests going on in the days following Donald Trump’s election, I can’t help going back to the 2008 and 2012 elections of President Barack Obama and contrasting that with what we are witnessing this week.

In 2008, when Obama defeated John McCain, you didn’t see thousands of McCain supporters marching through streets and across college campuses refusing to accept the results. Actually, many people who voted against Obama at least hoped that it would usher in improved relations between the races. (Boy, were we wrong about that.) Many of us still felt pride that America had come so far as to elect our first black president. When Obama was re-elected in 2012, there were no marches and protests. No motorists were dragged out of their cars and beaten as happened this week in Chicago.

Similarly, it is safe to say that had Hillary Clinton been elected this week, nobody would be marching or protesting. Sure, wise guys like me would be writing in our blogs that corruption had triumphed and expressing our fears that the White House would become one big ATM machine. I would have been sick to my stomach to see such a venal person like Hillary Clinton marching back in the White House, but I would have dealt with it. After all, I am not a victim.

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Indeed, the worst part of seeing Trump win is having to endure the sight of all the snowflakes in our society weeping and talking about how afraid they are that they, their uncle, or their best friend might be dragged off in the dead of night by Trump’s Gestapo to be waterboarded.

As I surf through various university campus newspapers online, I go to the comment threads and remind these fragile people that we are still a nation of laws with a Constitution to protect them-even though they may not be aware of that fact having not been informed by their professors. In short, everything is going to be fine.

What is not going to be fine is that we have an entire generation of young people who are being brainwashed into thinking that they are somehow marginalized and in danger of being rounded up, arrested, deported or otherwise being deprived of their rights by the Republican party. It is silly and unworthy of anyone with an ounce of common sense or a third grade education. Yet, this is what we are seeing on just about every college campus across the country this week.

Now that is truly scary!

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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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