Getting a little exercise: Walking, marching – and rioting
Monday, January 23, 2017 5:30 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, late Friday morning, Jan. 20, 2017 to be precise, I watched the U.S. presidential inauguration. I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one.
Then, I ate lunch and went back to work.
The following day, I spent a few hours outdoors on an unseasonably balmy Saturday walking around, beholding and relishing God’s majestic creation. These are the miles I savor.
In the meantime, I heard that many others, millions perhaps, were also getting a little exercise by marching – and rioting. I also read that a certain local officeholder made a few waves, perhaps more than a few, by his online comments on all the marching, but that’s neither here nor there to me when it comes to this particular offering.
I don’t have a problem with the marching, as long as it’s peaceful, but many have wondered why there was marching – and further wondered if many of the marchers even knew why they were marching.
Like the great Marty Brennaman might say, “I doesn’t know.”
But let’s try to find out.
The now famous and very well-covered Women’s March was reportedly planned by organizers on Nov. 9, 2016 – the day after the U.S. election “in reacting to (Donald) Trump’s election and political views.” (Ya think the March For Life this week will get as much press? Me neither.)
According to the Women’s March website, the principles behind the march include ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQUIA rights, worker’s rights, disability rights and environmental justice.
The site also says it wants to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office.”
Wikipedia maintains that the rallies and protests were aimed directly at Trump, and that marches occurred worldwide, with 408 marches planned in the United States and 168 in other countries.
And, yes, there was even a march in Antarctica. Brr!!!
Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, entertainer Madonna, the “Material Girl” once known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, sent a bold message. The 58-year-old, who reportedly has an estimated net worth of around $560 million (fair is fair, folks talk about Trump’s finances all the time), ripped the new president at the rally, saying that “good did not win this election, but good will win in the end.”
She continued, “The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal. Let’s march together through this darkness, and with each step know that we are not afraid. That we are not alone. That we will not back down.”
In her “love” speech, Madonna said, “To our detractors, that insist that this march will never add up to anything, (expletive) you. (Expletive) you.”
Now, I guess CNN and MSNBC decided to pull the plug after those bad words aired uncensored, but Lady Madonna wasn’t done.
“Yes, I’m angry,” she vociferated. “Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.”
Thinking an awful lot about blowing up the White House? Miss Madonna, that “ain’t” good, and it certainly ain’t “love.”
Oh, OK, the speech was taken “wildly out of context,” Madonna said.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus retorted, “I mean, can you image saying that about President Obama?”
Priebus has a good point.
Regarding the march(es) in general, President Trump tweeted, “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”
(I am sure that includes entertainer Ashley Judd, the self-proclaimed “loud, vulgar, proud woman” who said she was “not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheetos dust.”)
However, not all the protests were peaceful.
Regarding the riots, it was reported that at least 217 folks in D.C. were arrested in melees described as “an outburst of violence rare for an inauguration.”
Among other objects, rioters chucked rocks, bricks and bottles at officers, used pavement and ball bats to shatter windows at a Bank of America, a Starbucks and a McDonald’s … and vehicles and trash cans were set on fire. Six officers were hurt and “significant damage” was done on Inauguration Day.
So this is the “good” side? Or are these folks just throwing a fit because they didn’t win this time?
Or do they not even know why they are rioting, or just rioting to riot?
Again, I doesn’t know.
One final question. If the “other side” had marched (or rioted) en masse right after the inauguration of President Obama in 2008 to protest and challenge Obama’s plans of “hope” and “change”…
Never mind. Question withdrawn.
Steve Roush is a vice president of an international media company and a columnist and contributing writer for The Highland County Press.