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Friday, April 29, 2016

Anti-Trump Violence in Southern California

By Douglas V. Gibbs

I was asked to join many of my friends out there in Costa Mesa for a huge rally for Donald Trump only a few days after madness ensued right up the road in Anaheim.  A large number of those folks who were in Costa Mesa for Trump are involved in a group called "We the People Rising," whose primary focus is the illegal alien invasion.  When I got home last night scenes from the madness that resulted at the Trump Rally, caused by anti-Trump rioters, were flashing across the television screen. . . and the first face I saw was my friend Raul.

The biggest argument used by anti-Trumpsters against Trump is that they think he is racist, and they attack folks like Raul who supports Trump because they claim the presidential candidate is racist against Mexicans because of his stance on immigration.

This is not the first time Raul has been attacked for being a supporter for Trump.  When Anaheim's city council earlier this week was working to pass a ridiculous measure against what they consider to be Trump's "racist rhetoric," my buddy Raul Rodriguez was pepper-sprayed by an anti-Trump agitator.

Notice, the alleged racist against Mexicans who supports the racist Donald Trump that was attacked with pepper-spray is named Raul Rodriguez.

Think about it, for a moment.

You know, it's interesting.  My wife was born in Mexico, immigrated here legally, naturalized in 2007, and is a huge supporter of Trump.  It is the promise of a wall between us and Mexico that primarily attracted her support.  She's been saying we need a wall for years.  She rejects being a hyphenated Mexican-American, too.  "My dad brought us here to be Americans, not Mexicans.  If I wanted to be Mexican, I'd go back to Mexico."

The liberal left's agenda refuses to accept such talk.  Their premise says that either you are allowing anyone and everyone into the country, or you are a racist.  And if you don't like it, they will get violent to prove their point.

Just ask Raul Rodriguez.

So, as the Trump rally began, rioters began to rage outside Trump rally in Costa Mesa.  They acted in a manner that reminded me more of animals throwing temper-tantrums than people trying to get across their political viewpoint.  They smashed a police car, hurled rocks at motorists, and committed a number of other violent acts.  Among the anti-Trump protesters hundreds were waving Mexican flags.  The violent rioters outnumbered the cops, and overwhelmed police presence.  The video from the event shows how violent, and bloody, the scene truly got.

Another pair of friends of mine were noticed by the Trump campaign, and Robin and Ly wound up on stage with Donald Trump.  He saw their banners memorializing Americans killed by illegal aliens, and he asked them to be on stage with him to honor the families of those killed by illegals.  According to Sean Hannity, Trump is the only GOP candidate to respond to a letter for the victims.

When people scream at me that Donald Trump is a racist, my first response is, "What has he said that you consider racist?"

They can't claim that his rhetoric regarding illegal aliens is racist, for he is simply asking that the law is enforced, and that the federal government does its job of securing the national border.  Have you ever seen Mexico's southern border, with its razor wire and heavy patrols?

I, personally, am not a Trump-fan, per se.  I do, however, understand the argument used by his supporters.  The federal government has refused to protect the union from invaders, be it through illegal immigration, or Islamic migrants.  Trump not only stands in favor of protecting our borders, but he is adamant about it.  And, a large portion of Americans believe that the political machine has become a ruling class. . . that when you get down to the inner-workings of the political establishment, there really isn't any difference between the two political parties.  They work together to protect their power, not to do what is best for the country, or in the case of the GOP, to support their very constitutional party platform.  And, as a result of their maladministration (to use James Madison's term), America is losing ground on being the great country it has always been.  We are losing grip on our American System, and its foundation, and there are invaders coming into the country who specifically want to destroy the American way of life, to change it into something it was never intended to be.  Trump says he plans to stop that, to be an immovable object standing in the way of those who would destroy the American Way.

Is it possible for one man to make America great again?  And, if he is capable of that, at what point does his power to do so retreat back into the Constitutional concept of limited government?  In other words, Trump supporters believe it takes a strong personality to stop the slide into destruction our nation finds itself in, but can that strong personality be contained if it decided to head in a destructive, totalitarian direction?

If Trump gets the nomination as the GOP candidate in the 2016 General Election, I will vote for him, because as bad as some people may think he is, I believe him to be better than someone like Hillary Clinton.  To be honest, though, if we are doing our job of being informed and active, it shouldn't matter who is in the White House.  If we are doing our job as citizens, our representatives will ensure the President is doing as we desire.

It's up to us.

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