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The 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America grants freedom of worship, speech & press, the right to petition the government & to assemble peaceably. Specifically with regard to "peaceably assemble" it states: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, ... or the right of the people to peaceable assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Incredibly important part of the Bill of Rights and our freedom. But, a key word in this amendment is one that we have let get away from us in the past 50 years is "peaceably". George Washington had to put down the "Whiskey Rebellion" in the first 2 years of his first term which served to secure the issue of a "peaceable" redress of grievances. For us today, relaxing of this principle "peaceful assembly" started with union strikes and activism in the 1930s and came to be part of our culture during the extensive protests of the 1960s. We need to re-establish this principle in our culture. Anytime you are part of a protest you should expect that if it turns from peaceful to disrupting commerce, disturbing the peace or violence, you and your associates may be arrested and that it may not be a pleasant experience. To let the protests we see today continue like OWS and the union gangs in Wisconsin is to invite insurrection. And, then to have them be celebrated by everyone from media and entertainment personalities, to politicians, to the President, we might as well send an engraved invitation to the revolution. Recognizing the groups of "professional protestors" that exist today around the world it is even more important to make sure that our citizens have the right to be heard without the noise and violence of the professional "agitator" who is out to further their own agenda, not the best interest of America. The same can be said about the political partisanship described under 2012/2014 Elections which serves to enable such behavior.

"You are judged by the company you keep"

from The Gray Area:

This is something my father told me when i was young, "you are judged by the company you keep". It was not a statement in support of 'judging' people. It was not a statement in support of guilt by association. It was a common sense, reality based, piece of advice he gave me to help me make decisions that would keep me out of trouble and safe. I have used that advice in many instances in my life. It did what it was intended to do. It kept me out of trouble and safe.

The Portland protests, like others around the country, are getting press that both support and demonize the participants. Which is the true picture of these protestors? Are they peaceful citizens? Are they rioters?

The truth is they are both.

Peaceful protestors, whether you agree with them or not, are in the streets and passionate about the cause they support. That is fine. Have at it. Protesting has become an everyday occurrence in this country since the 1960s.

Joining them, however, are militant, violent groups (AntiFa, BLM, gangs, delinquents, individuals, etc) bent on disturbing the peace, destroying property, creating fear, terrorizing the citizens and harming whoever disagrees with them or gets in their way.

And, in all fairness, there are some individual protestors who try to play it both ways.

If you are a peaceful protestor in a group that turns militant, violent and are doing things you don't like, then separate yourself. I know, you don't want to give up your protest, but you have to. Someone else has taken it over anyway and that is not good for your cause. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting caught up in the law & order personnel designed to maintain order and protect citizens and their property.

If you are a rioter masquerading as a protestor, you will get away with it for a while. But when all the rioters are gathered up, the ones who no one wants in that net are the 'real' peaceful protestors. Police cannot determine who is the peaceful protestor and who is the rioter in a mass of humanity where bad things are happening.

The only way to insure that you, as a peaceful protestor, are not caught in the net is to separate yourself.

Otherwise, you, and your cause, "will be judged by the company you keep".

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