Today, Second Amendment advocates gathered in Richmond, Virginia, to protest Governor Ralph “Hood or Blackface” Northam’s anti-gun policies. To hear the media talk, we were in for violence, racism, xenophobia, and all sorts of other horrible things inspired by “gun nuts” (and probably President Donald Trump once they get around to it). It was going to be Charlottesville all over again!
Then something funny happened. As in, nothing the Left said was going to happen happened.
As of this writing, there has been no violence, rumors of white supremacists (or as David “I Got Into Harvard by Being a Gun Control White Knight and All I Got Was This Stupid Twitter Account” Hogg put it “Nazi’s” which is how he actually incorrectly spelled it) without substantiation, and…people actually getting along. You know, for a seething caldron of hate, this was tamer than a Mormon version of 50 Shades of Gray.
What the Left continues to miss when it comes to marches organized by the Right is the participants aren’t like Leftists. When Leftists protest, you can count on a few things. One, it will be a mishmash of ideological issues that often conflict with what the Left believes. (Linda Sarsour being a featured speaker at the Women’s March, anyone?) But somehow few people recognize the various contradictions, often because the folks who are impacted the most by those contradictions are excluded from the protest marches and subsequently ignored by not only the protest organizers but the media. The Left protects the narrative more than Gollum wants to protect the One Ring.
Two, Leftist protests have a potential for violence. Look at Antifa. For all their alleged opposition to fascism, they seem to sing from the same hymnal when it comes to violence. Whether it’s threats and vulgarity, throwing milkshakes at people, or…oh I don’t know…trying to hit people with bike locks, Leftists aren’t afraid to start shit. Of course, when their opposition tries to finish it, these same Leftist badasses make the French look like John Wayne as they run for cover in a cloud of dust, BO, and patchouli oil. And they count on numbers and the police looking the other way to get away with it. Since 2016, the Left has shown itself to be destructive when it comes to showing their opposition to whatever they hate, and they always feel it’s justified.
Finally, Leftist protests are always messy. I’m not just talking about figurative trash here, either. If you have a Leftist protest in your community, first I’m sorry, but also try to get before and after photos. Time after time, you will find Leftist protests leave a lot of garbage in their wake, leaving it for others to clean it because…I’m not even sure why and I’m a recovering Leftist. I guess fighting for a living wage means never having to earn a living.
The difference between Leftist and Rightist protests comes down to a simple non-ideological perspective. People on the Right tend to be more inclined to take responsibility for the little things, like cleaning up after themselves and not causing more trouble than they’re worth. Leftists are more concerned with moving the needle, meaning they want to make an impact that sways public opinion in their favor. Another way to look at it is to compare a Boy Scout to a brat throwing a tantrum. One thinks of others while the other thinks of himself or herself. Hmmmm…who might fit in those categories and why? I guess we’ll never know.
In the meantime, let’s take a moment to appreciate the differences between the Left and the Right when they protest. After all, you won’t get half of my jokes if you don’t!