• July 18, 2021

Conservative Amanda Carpenter wants Democrats not to bother cops with their ‘right to vote’ tricks

When bad people pass bad laws, people of good conscience should stand up and make a scene. It is what the late civil rights activist and House Representative John Lewis famously called “good problem”.

LEWIS: Don’t get lost in a sea of ​​despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our fight is not the fight of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the fight of a lifetime. Never, never be afraid to make noise and get in trouble, necessary trouble.

But conservative Amanda Carpenter thinks it’s a waste of time, and she’s someone who should know: after all, once volunteered for Ted Cruz.

When Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty was arrested while protesting Senate action on voting rights legislation, Carpenter tweeted:

I don’t understand what is in the liberal mindset that leads one to think that getting arrested is a good publicity stunt.

That’s right: Carpenter doesn’t understand the Civil Rights Movement, and thanks to all the bans against schools teaching anything that might make white students feel bad, future generations of Amanda Carpenters are likely to remain just as disoriented. She went on to say:

Don’t the Capitol Police have enough work to do without having to lock you up? Can’t find a better way to advocate for your cause instead of using police officers as props? Leave it alone.

Oh no! Could anyone think of the police? You know it it is physically possible for the police to refrain from arresting black people. It is certainly tempting every time the police see black people standing up. It’s like those Warner Brothers cartoons where the hungry kids look at Daffy Duck and suddenly see him completely cooked on a silver platter surrounded by baby carrots and new potatoes. The cops look at a black congresswoman and can’t help but fantasize about her with bridles.

The the police arrested Beatty and eight other US citizens for “demonstrating in a prohibited area on the Capitol Grounds.” Recently, the Capitol has been the scene of more serious crimes and criminal acts. Defeating on Capitol Hill is in no way related to Congressional affairs, although Marjorie Taylor Greene’s speeches in the House of Representatives could confuse the issue. However, defending the legislation on the right to vote is a matter of the people. It is shameful (but never surprising) that the police use the Donald Trump-inspired insurrection as an excuse to restrict the First Amendment rights of members of the Black House.

Carpenter’s complaint is common not only among conservatives, but also among white moderates and a significant number of white liberals: Can’t blacks find a way to protest for their human rights that doesn’t bother whites in any way and is also easily ignored?

Former President Harry Truman called Selma’s 1965 march for the right to vote “silly” and insisted: “They can’t do a damn thing. All they want is to get attention.” Truman had also described the Freedom Riders as “nosy intruders … who should stay home and take care of their own business.”

The conservative John Birch Society in 1965 denounced Selma’s departure, declaring that a “horde of termites from across the country, led by half-crazed ministers and professors, was swarming over the small town of Selma, Alabama, in a typical display of communist activism.” Charles Koch was a member and founder of the John Birch Society at the time.

William F. Buckley of the National Review asked: “At what point do local authorities begin to transfer their concern from the rights of dissidents to dissent to the right of the community to exercise the profession of living?” : “It takes a lot of ideology to paint [Alabama Governor George] Wallace as an anarchist and King as an agent of law and order. “

Women were often arrested when protesting their right to vote. Between June and November 1917, 218 protesters from 26 states were “blocking traffic on the sidewalks.” Carpenter loses his senses when he suggests that the police have “better things to do” than lock up protesters. Suppressing and intimidating dissenters is a key part of their job. I doubt that the officer broke the skull of John Lewis in Selma he wished he was solving a real crime instead.

Carpenter has recently made a name for himself as a “respectable” conservative critic of Trump, which is why one Twitter user, presumably a Democrat, He responded with disappointment to Carpenter’s muffled comments:

We don’t have the same political leanings, but I don’t mind hearing perspectives that are different from mine. I have always found you to be reasonable and considerate, but I am totally and extremely disappointed in this tweet. Just wow.

However, a conservative who doesn’t want to attend cocktails with Lauren Boebert is still ultimately conservative. His ideology is rubbish, although he occasionally disguises himself in a polite veneer. This time, the mask slipped. As Malcolm X said, “I know some of you think that some of them are not enemies. Time will tell.”

He always does.

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