By Gabrielle Seunagal
Earlier today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was subjected to shouts of “coward” from 200 left wing protestors while attending an event in Rhode Island which is known to be a strong blue state. The state director of Rhode Island Working Families articulated his desire for Ryan to know that his values did not match Rhode Island’s. Protesters clearly expressed their opposition to right wing policies, especially ones that entail repealing Obamacare and building a wall around the Southern border to halt illegal immigration. A Providence Democrat even went as far as to claim that the Speaker and President would meet resistance wherever they go.
Unlike rioters, these protestors were not breaking any laws and were well within their first amendment rights to peaceably assemble. However, I do question their endgame. What do they hope to achieve? Protesting will not change the outcome of the inevitable. Obamacare will be repealed and replaced with a system that is more suitable and affordable for the people of this country. The Southern border wall will be built and illegal immigration will be swiftly terminated. The President has already had ICE deport aliens with violent criminal records. Liberals are free to protest, but it will bring about zero change.
Moreover, if Democrats truly wish to bring about productive change, they should consider working with those who are implementing change. Instead of protesting, be proactive. If you have policy suggestions that you believe would help America, get out into the world, make some phone calls, see if you can sit down with some leaders and discuss your ideas. It may not happen on your first or second try, but you have to stick with it. However, standing in the middle of the street with a sign and screaming at the Speaker of the House or the President will not change their minds. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
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