Violent Riots: When Have we Seen This When a Democrat was Sworn in as President?

Written by Gary Fouse

Ever since Donald Trump was elected, we have seen nothing but whining, crying, excuses and vows of opposition from the Democrats and the left in this country. In other words,  a ton of sour grapes. However, what I have observed just since Friday’s inauguration is enough to make an American sick to his or her stomach.

It began with over 60 Democrat members of Congress boycotting this event, the peaceful transfer of power that makes America the envy of most of the world. It was followed by the street riots in Washington during the inauguration with anarchists setting fires in the street, throwing rocks through windows, and battling cops. Then there were the campus protests, students holding their own mock inaugurations and in many cases, such as UC Santa Cruz, being egged on by campus administrators to come together and mourn the coming of the new president-on University of California official stationary no less.

On Friday night, the University of Washington College Republicans invited gay conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos to speak. As on many other campuses, Yiannopoulos’ appearance resulted in hundreds of protesters, made up of students and professional agitators. The scene turned violent as bricks were thrown at cops, two men were pummeled by the crowd, and finally, one man was shot. At this point, the incident is swathed in mystery since the shooter turned himself into police claiming self-defense and has been released pending further investigation. Go figure. To make matters worse, the university president came out and made a boffo statement to the effect that the shooting ruined what had been a peaceful protest.

Then on Saturday, the nation was treated to something called the Women’s March on Washington (against Trump, naturally). It was bad enough that it consisted of the usual collection of malcontents and misfits.  But there was singing star Madonna, who dropped in from wherever she now resides in Europe. Her short speech was laden with f-bombs directed at Trump supporters. (“F— you! F— you”!) To make it even worse, she sang two of her dopey songs, the latter of which was full of four letter words substituted for the original lyrics. There is only one word to describe this foul-mouthed excuse for a woman: She is scuzzy.

One needs to ask: When have we seen this when a Democrat was sworn in as president? Yes, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell made a statement that the Republicans needed to work to ensure President Obama would be a one-term president. Yes, Rush Limbaugh stated that he hoped Obama’s agenda would fail. Yes, some, including Trump, tried to make the case that Obama was not born in the US. Big deal. Did we riot in the streets? Did we refuse to recognize that Obama was really the president? Who among the Republicans boycotted his inaugurations?

Here is the first point: What we are seeing here is not what I would call the loyal opposition. In a time when we are in great peril from terrorists and apparently returning to the Cold War, we need to come together and hope that this presidency will be successful. I did not vote for Obama, but when he was first elected, I wanted him to succeed because I wanted my country to succeed. That is the spirit we should all embrace. I get the feeling that a lot of these people who are going nuts now don’t really want America to succeed.

Secondly, this should be a teaching moment for those Americans who are on the fence ideologically. When you watch these scenes play out, doesn’t it tell you which side is right and which side is wrong?

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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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