I support the right to protest 100%, but this has gone too far. OnÂ Saturday, more than 100 protesters stormed an Oregon meeting where 100-year-old World War II Navy veteran Dario Raschio, was being awarded several medals for heroism. Â Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden persuaded the protesters to be silent, briefly, promising he would allow them to air their concerns early in the event. Raschio did his best to reason with the unruly mob saying,Â â€œGive me a chance. Letâ€™s show a little respect for this occasion.â€
The protesters did quiet down for his speech, but as soon as Raschio was done speaking, they began yelling like fools again. Some attendees began showing their frustration and yelling at the protesters.Â Protesters stated it was “their town meeting” to which Wyden responded, “Yes, it’s your town meeting, but it’s theirs as well” as he gestured toward the audience. After 45 minutes of this craziness, the event was finally canceled. Some residents left visibly disgusted, Â shaking their heads.
Wyden did meet with a few members of various causes privately, in a conference room with a half-dozen police officers standing outside.
He responded by saying what one would expect a politician to say,
“The reason I hold these town meetings is because I want to give everybody a chance to talk,” Wyden said. “I’m acutely aware that people are frustrated about what’s going on in Washington D.C.Â They are certainly frustrated about the topics that the protesters brought up. I just so wish we could have had a real dialogue.”
Wyden continued, “I think that the symbolism of having a veteran 100 years old, who fought so gallantly so that those who disagree with government policies and want to exercise their First Amendment rights could be heard, that’s what made today so poignant.”
“We are certainly going to reschedule it,” he said. “It’s important to be able to throw open the doors of government to everybody. That’s why town hall meetings are so important.”
This final clip is of one of the protesters threatening to break the jaw of an elderly gentleman.
Am I the only one who is tired of this? Am I the only one who wishes a politician would have the guts to say ” Leave or we will arrest you, this is not the time and place”? I am all for a person’s right to protest, but busting into local events, stores andÂ restaurants screaming like animals is NOT a positive way to get people to listen. I think John Maxwell said it best when he said “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”Â
The horrible attitudes of these protesters are making Americans feel disgusted.