11/30/16 - Protesting - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

11/30/16 - Protesting

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

The election is over. And we have a new president. This is a fact that some of us have not been able to accept and the desire to be heard is still going strong. That motivation has resulted in numerous protests across the country. Something that I’m sure we will continue to see up till inauguration day.

For most Americans, these protests are not a welcome sight. However, our right to free speech and freedom of assembly is our First Amendment right and is protected by our constitution, But at what point does that  freedom cross the line of unacceptable. The answer is easy. A freedom or a right for one person shouldn’t infringe on a freedom or a right for another person. It’s really that simple! Protest all day. Say what you think. Let your voice be heard. YES you should! But don’t destroy personal property. Don’t flip cars over and light them on fire. Don’t block traffic, loot business, or hurt someone else. Not unless you want to go to jail! These aren’t protests protected by the constitution. They are criminal acts being perpetrated by criminals. The Supreme Court ruled way back in 1919 that Freedom of Speech does not include the right to incite actions that would harm others. We have to agree! Protest peacefully without infringing others’ rights, or don’t protest at all.

I’m Scott Thomas and that’s our ViewPoint.

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