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The “protesters” at Kent State were a violent mob before the National Guard showed up. It may have been a mistake to use the untrained National Guard to respond to this threat but it was also understandable and maybe the only real option possible. Arson had already taken place and the police force was overwhelmed and had been assaulted. The prospect of additional violence and property damage was almost guaranteed. I don’t hold the same affection for this kind of political action as Mr. Campbell and I believe our founders (maybe not Jefferson) recognized the dangers of mobs. We are Americans after all and not French. We shouldn’t celebrate our mobs and in fact should be somewhat embarrassed by them. Human nature does not prosper in large groups of angry people. A mob of brown shirts trying to bully their neighbors with violence needs to be dealt with force and prison sentences and not glorified as having anything to do with freedom. They are antithetical to freedom. They are not trying to convince but trying to intimidate. When you throw a bottle at a fellow citizen’s head you should go to jail and lose some of your freedom.p>A better trained police force that acted at the first signs of violence might have prevented the loss of life, although being in the vicinity of a violent mob is always a dangerous activity. Kent’s Mayor requested Ohio’s Governor to call in the National Guard and I am convinced they did it because of the certainty of the mobs future violence and not to silence a protest. Mr. Campbell’s argument falls apart if you accept this. Instead of federal officials trying to silence political protesters we have local authorities trying to defend local property from a criminal mob. Certainly chaos and a tragedy ensued but to call Kent’s Mayor, Leroy Satrom a tyrant is a little over the top. Under difficult and unprecedented circumstances he had to act and I am more inclined to blame those who threw bottles and started the fires. If Mr. Campbell is searching for tyrants they were the nameless cowards out in that mob. Today they are probably sponsoring speech codes and fairness doctrines. Since Kent State, local police forces and National Guard units have become more adept at dealing with this kind of violence and this event looks more like an isolated tragedy than a pattern of behavior. If there is a fault today and then it is that “protesters” that assault their neighbors and destroy property many times are not made to pay for their crimes or the messes they make. This is an injustice as well and invites over-reaction. br> — Clifton Briner /p> p> LOST IT AT THE MOVIES br> Re: James Bowman’s “Tropic Thunder” : /p> p>Once again, Bowman proves there isn’t a movie ever made that lives up to his standards. So when are you going to take the advice of the majority of your readers and get a film critic who actually likes films? John Podhoretz might be able to fit you into his busy schedule. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?