Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

    Watching the college protests I couldn’t help but reflect back on 1/6…
    The presence of police in riot gear? “Substantial,” would be an understatement. Then a big ladder-like ramp tilted into the occupied building and there was a long line of policemen and women being loaded, assembly line-like at one point, into the occupied building. I swear I could hear “law and order” Republicans, MAGA and conservatives across the nation cheering them on.
    Cries, cheers, sneers, of, “How dare those students!” “Damn kids!” and worse were made.
    ”How dare they break into buildings!”
    ”GET BACK TO CLASS!”
    ”So disrespectful!”
    ”Wasting their parents money!”
     “Privileged, spoiled brats”
    But then my mind flashed back to 1/6.
    Where were those cries from some of them then? Where was the massive army of cops, National Guard, whatever? These days; with the line between military and police blurred, I find the angst over Trump’s recent comments on using the military on citizens ALMOST pointless in such cases.
    As far as I know no pipe bombs were planted, no gallows, no hunting down of professors to hang, no beating of the cops with flag poles, no protesters using bear spray and other chemical weapons on law enforcement.
    No, NONE of what cops got on 1/6 that I know of.
    Let me be clear: I support neither. Protest is fine. Breaking into buildings? Damaging property? Protesting in ways that creates a public hazard and possible death? I don’t support it either way, just like I don’t support legalized murder as in driving through crowds of protesters. Frankly, I find the last specifically offensive. If I ran things (God, help us.), my imagination goes to a specific death penalty: running over such drivers with heavily, sharp, studded tires. Over and over, piece by piece, before steering to that final fatal tire tread crunch. All broadcasted on major networks.
    NOTE: I typed “imagination,” and, no, I would NEVER support such. It’s a nasty fantasy. But we’re still better off without me at the wheel…
    Literally and figuratively.
    But the differences here between the two are equally startling, disgusting and revealing, like the lack of that kind of similar response on 1/6. The philosophy held by either side when it comes to this matters NOT. IT’S WRONG, either way. Those who weren’t peacefully protesting spoil it for those who were, in either case, and any cops not making the distinction about as bad.
    How long did it take on 1/6 to arrest them once there was a crack down? How many deployed in either case? We all can see the difference. Where were so many zip handcuffed perps on 1/6? Where were the massive perp walks? And, as a massive sidebar note… in one of the college protests, why, instead of an arrested protester, did one cop have a bass drum in front of him? Just showing right wing members of society were getting a lot more bang for their tax bucks?
    A joke.
    Bet no complaints were lodged about taxes spent on the college arrests from otherwise tax allergic rightward citizens. You know, those who otherwise complain about paying for services?
    And, lastly, will the REAL “privileged spoiled brats stand up?!”

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    “Inspection” is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 50 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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