Bullies offer us but two choices. Stand up to them, or cave in to them. The first course will dissuade the bullies, and others who would copy their tactics. The second leads to more bullying, and ultimately total subjugation. The foolish organizers of Oregon’s Avenue of Rose parade have chosen the second path
A threatening email has derailed one of the Portland Rose Festival’s signature events, and spurred new debate about the ongoing political protests in Portland.
Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade announced Tuesday that the event will be canceled, for fear that the east Portland parade could be disrupted by “the type of riots which happen in downtown Portland.”
At least two protests were planned for the day of the parade, one by Oregon Students Empowered and another by Direct Action Alliance. Both events were mentioned in an email sent to parade organizers on Saturday, threatening to shut down the event with hundreds of protesters in the street.
“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” the anonymous email said, telling organizers they could cancel the Republican group’s registration or else face action from protesters. “This is non-negotiable.”
So, Leftist thugs, issued threats of violence and the parade is now cancelled? This is a foolish choice, and will further embolden the thugs. The proper response would have been to say the parade would continue, the Republican group would be present and the Portland police would take the necessary steps to ensure a peaceful day and event.
The reality is that such barbaric behavior cannot be coddled, excused or allowed. Any protest group that threatens violence must be put on notice that this will never be tolerated by law enforcement. Any other action that fails to lay down rules, or that refuses to enforce them only strengthens the thugs, and will lead to more, not less violence. In other words the bullies must be made to behave in a lawful manner by whatever means necessary by law enforcement.
I know that peaceful people, reasonable people desire peace and to be let alone. But sometimes thugs will not allow this. So, the peaceful people are left with but one reasonable choice. Be perpetual victims, or allow law enforcement to do their jobs. And please understand that this decision has been forced on Americans by the Left. It is just for those seeking to threaten, intimidate and commit violent acts to accept the consequences for their illegal actions.