Rising Civil Unrest
May 4, 1970, State Guardsman were called out for the third day in a row to disperse protestors of the Vietnam War.
Classes had resumed that day at Kent University, but by Noon, two thousand protestors had once again assembled on the campus.
National Guardsmen arrived and told the crowd to disperse, they fired tear gas, then advanced against the students with bayonets fixed to their rifles.
Some protestors refusing to yield began to throw rocks at the well armed and shielded guardsmen. So far, the event was consistent with the past few days.
Without firing a warning shot, the National Guard opened live fire, shooting into a group of students in a nearby parking lot.
The closet person shot was twenty yards away, the furthest, two hundred and fifty yards. Sixty rounds were fired, killing four students, wounding eight, and leaving one paralyzed for life.
The conflict was resolved when faculty members intervened and convinced the students to leave.
An investigation into the shooting was held, but all charges were dropped against the eight guardsmen who were identified as having fired more than sixty rounds of ammunition.
Currently, the United States is facing the worse period of civil unrest since the civil war. Cities, even states, are standing up against the government refusing to obey or follow executive orders.
People are fleeing the United States to Canada, requesting asylum as they no longer feel safe.
All areas of enforcement agencies in the USA are currently being bolstered so they can increase their power to control people.
We are seeing daily increases in breaches of privacy, violations of the judicial process, and disregard for individual rights.
I do not wish to second guess the motives of the individuals involved, but I do know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I also know that when you give people power, authority, and guns, they will use all of them.
Time’s International Democracy Unit just down graded the United States to a second tier level. Placing the USA’s real level of being a democratic society on par with France and Singapore.
On their money, they print, ‘In God We Trust,’ but on their t-shirts you can often find these words instead, ‘Nothing beats a Smith & Wesson.’
In your journalforlife, take five minutes and ask yourself, “Is democracy in the United States slipping?”
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“When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough, adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions.” –John Boyd Orr
“Civil disobedience has an honorable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play.” –Al Gore
“My first civil disobedience arrest for social justice was in 1986 for protesting the SDI.” –Martin Sheen
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