Looking at both sides does not make you one-sided

This is going to be a tricky blog.  It’s hard to write what I want to write without worrying about those with an agenda distorting my words for their own purpose.

There is no defending what Neo Nazi’s say or believe.  But as a people we need to defend their right to say it. By the same token, we need to defend the counter-protesters right to counter-protest in safety.  However, we cannot defend their violent methods either.

By all accounts, James Alex Fields Jr. is the coward who drive his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing Heather Heyer.  If proven guilty he will become a murdering jackass who deserves to spend the rest of his miserable life in jail.

According to reports, the counter-protesters had their own agenda and prevented the Neo-Nazis from assembling and participating in their event.  It’s one thing to protest a protest march, it’s another to prevent them their right to protest.  The Neo-Nazis had a permit and the right to assemble.

The Counter-protesters instigated the violence which quickly escalated and led to Fields Jr. despicable act.  Make no mistake, Fields Jr. actions were far beyond normal but the counter-protesters are also responsible for the day’s outcome.

If the Neo-Nazis arrived at a Black Lives Matters rally and prevented them from assembling, the media would be going crazy condemning them for their disregard of the American Way.  So why is it OK for their rally to be usurped?

We’ve seen this countless of times now.  The University of California in Berkley is a cesspool of anti-First Amendment rights unless the campus agrees with the topic.  Then it’s the speaker’s right to say whatever they want to say.  During the presidential campaign George Soros agitators would disrupt then candidate Trump’s rallies and the media covered it as if the rally crashers were the Jedi returning.

However, one Trump supporter throws a punch and the entire campaign is filled with racist bigots bent on preventing free speech.  This is just the same page from the same playbook.  And now the media is giddy with the opportunity to paint President Trump and his supporters as Alt-Right loving haters.

Meanwhile, the actual agitators are lovable rebels fighting for peace, justice and the American Way.  The truth is the agitators are just as bad as the Neo-Nazis.  They are driven by the same hatred but believe themselves to be the guardians of virtue.

In reality, if the counter-protesters would have protested without inciting violence and the Neo-Nazis would have simply conducted their rally, Helen Heyer would still be alive and hordes of people would not be injured.  You can rationalize and make emotional pleas all you want – the bottom line is everyone has a right to their opinion.

We may not like the opinion. We may hate the message. But people have a right to express their opinion.

About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 30 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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