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Yes, Virginia, there is a mob

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Liberals are justifying their mob actions by saying that violent confrontation and inciting to riot are constitutional under the First Amendment. Really, I wonder if members of the mob have ever actually read the part of the First Amendment that deals with assemblies and petitions.

The “living” constitution crowd and their allies in the mobs seem to have all kinds of difficulty in comprehending the words written in the Constitution. The Constitution’s words are as follows: “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Is it a “peaceable assembly” to force a group of shouting people into a small elevator and corner a Senator?  Is it a “peaceable petition to redress a grievance” for a mob to get into the face of a White House staffer and her family and shout them out of a restaurant?  Whatever happened to not violating a person’s personal space?

This is the liberal view of “peaceable”:

Maxine Waters: “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up, and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Vice President Biden: “I would take [Trump] behind the gym beat the hell out of him.”

Alec Baldwin: “We need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump.”  

Hillary Clinton:  “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”

The mob types and their enablers keep talking about the constitutional right to protest. I hate to be the one to tell them, but the word “protest” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. The word peaceable, as in the phrase, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” precludes violence against people or property.

There is no Constitutional right to smash windows, burn buildings or in any way destroy or occupy property that doesn’t belong to you. No individual or group has the Constitutional right to threaten or violate anyone.

Real civility starts with a firm understanding of the Constitution. As Americans, we should no longer accept being divided into victim groups that fight for the scraps the political class leaves us after they confiscate our property, wages, religions and Constitutional Rights.

About John MacGregor

John "Jock" MacGregor is a student of history and politics, a pursuit he has enjoyed for most of his 77 years. Jock attended Villanova University’s School of Education; served in the U.S. Marine Corps; and is an entrepreneur with enterprises in restaurants, construction and boatbuilding. Mr. MacGregor was managing editor of an online news site in Hot Springs Arkansas. Currently, Jock comments on the role of government in society. Jock believes in a constitutionally limited government, instituted by the people, to protect their rights to life, liberty and property.

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