Unsurprisingly, after months of inflammatory rhetoric, repression of dissent and encouraging attacks against protesters at his rallies, presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling for the arrest of protesters. It is the ultimate irony that he recently called himself nonviolent.
This makes it perfectly clear how these people want the political process to be, and should terrify anyone who believes in participatory democracy, not that much participation is really possible these days with the corruption of the political process. But it is clear that if he was actually the president, he would use all the power available to him to illegally try to shut down protest in the United States.
Peaceful protest has been fundamental to our political process. Majority rule overrules the beliefs of those who often strongly oppose a given political decision. Peaceful protest is how the minority tries to persuade others, and is encouraged under ideal conditions, leading to improved political decisions for all concerned. That is not what the radical right is about–for them it is about winning by defeating all who oppose them. This is what fascism is all about.
The key is peaceful protest. The alternative being violent conflict, which isn’t about an informed political process, but about imposing that group’s will on the rest of us.
Now is the time to support those who use peaceful protest to inform our political process. Now is the time to speak out against fascism, before it is too late and the fascists attain power. Now is the time to remind people of the importance and value of protest.
This is from MoveOn:
It’s become increasingly clear in recent weeks that Donald Trump’s rising fascist rhetoric poses a new and dangerous threat to our democracy. And now, MoveOn members are on the receiving end of his megaphone.
We’re not backing down from our work to stand up against Trump, Fox, and the broader right wing that’s seeking to divide our country. Not now. Not ever.
We must decisively reject Trump’s fascist rhetoric and this rising tide of hatred.
We are committed to nonviolence, but we will not be silent. We will not be invisible.
So here’s the plan: We’ll support MoveOn members to call out and nonviolently protest Trump’s racist, bigoted, misogynistic, xenophobic, and violent behavior—and show the world that America rejects Trump’s hate.