Golden Eggs and the Right to Protest
By: Eugene A. Santoro
It is our constitutional right to peacefully protest, with the proper permits, in the United States of America.
Protesting is a way to be noticed and heard after trying to talk to deaf ears.
Protests hardly ever seem to involve two peaceful parties; one party seems to eventually become over enthusiastic or even violent. From revolutionary times to the present day the government, of The United States of America, has been shaken by peaceful or violent protests.
We have been attacked, on our soil, by the British, Japanese, Arab Terrorists, and our own American born terrorists. Each conflict was initially begun with “in your face” or silent protests of sorts.
We have fought against Fascists, Nazis, and Communists. The Korean War, Vietnam War, The Cold War, were wars, basically, against Communism. Now we seem to have a number of avowed communists coming out of the woodwork and protesting against our form of government. Some of these people hate capitalism, especially Wall Street, they hate specific ethnic groups and religions, some even hate the United States, its political parties, and its capitalistic form of government. The majority have various specific gripes with the government. The whole situation seems to be chaotic, yet organized groups are there for support. Being about 77 years old, this all feels and seems very familiar.
When anyone in the world needs help we seem to give money and lives to protect their human rights. If we damage their country’s infrastructure we pay to repair the damage. Even countries we were at war with, we have helped them to recover and get back to some kind of normalcy. Is there another country in this world that will do that? What other country does this in the name of freedom? The United States of America seems to be the goose that lays the golden eggs.
As that story goes, the owners, of this special goose, decided it took too long for the goose to lay the eggs, instead of waiting for it to produce the slow bounty of golden ovals, they decided to kill the goose, open it up, and retrieve all of the un laid eggs. Of course, once the goose was killed the golden eggs were gone forever. The moral of this story is, “When you protest, make sure you do not destroy the goose that lays the golden eggs.”