(In misplaced response to Mealouts) Indeed peaceful protest is a Constitutional right. But like Bush and Obama before him,Trump regards the Constitution as meaningless: note his felony charges against journalists for merely being present at the inauguration protests.
What most people fail to understand is that a felony charge, even if it results in acquittal, literally and forever destroys one’s life. Unless one is obscenely wealthy, the six-figure cost of defense lawyers typically inflicts bankruptcy, and the mere fact of the charge – again assuming acquittal (and unless one is either extremely privileged or astoundingly fortunate) – forever afterward dooms one to a hopelessly wretched existence of minimum-wage jobs and dependence on the few remaining governmental stipends and services Trump will soon genocidally abolish.
I know of what I speak because in a journalism career that began in 1956 and is now winding down as I slowly die of congestive heart failure, I often witnessed such circumstances. Indeed my own career was forever crippled by a Civil-Rights-Movement-related misdemeanor arrest in 1963, never mind I (and everyone else so charged) were acquitted. Where political crimes are concerned, this has never been a forgiving nation – the deceitful propaganda of the Bernadine Dohrn/Bill Ayres example not withstanding – and now under Trump’s reign as neo-Fuehrer, the U.S. is becoming as vengeful against dissidents as it was in antebellum times.
This is not to argue against peaceful resistance. It is, however, a warning to resistors to be aware of the malevolently escalated cost of resistance.
It is also to note the Trump Regime – using the powers purposefully given it by the Clinton, Bush II and Obama regimes – is penalizing peaceful protest as severely as violent protest. In terms of irremediable psychological devastation, there is no difference between 10 years in prison (as the arrested journalists now face) and a lifetime sentence – an absolute truth if one is male, does not have the protection provided by membership in a criminal organization and is therefore the constant target of rapists and other such sociopaths.
Remember President Kennedy’s statement: “those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Obviously the regime’s intent is to provoke violence, then seize upon it as a rationale for arresting all its opponents and in all probability murdering all opposition leadership. Welcome to the Fourth Reich – the ultimate fulfillment of the tyrannical schemes brought to the USian Homeland by the legions of Nazi war criminals given sanctuary here after the fall of the Third Reich.