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I thought about “Ship of Tools” but this worked out better. Copyright © 2020 Bill Cawthon

I usually spend a fair amount of time to create the images that accompany my articles, which usually run fairly long. So I decided to simply share the image and keep the article short.

No matter how you slice it, these clowns are either all right or all wrong.

If the mayors are right, Trump is also right to send federal agents to protect federal property and apprehend those suspected of damaging or defacing it. [Perhaps you weren’t aware of this, but after a federal law was updated during the Clinton years, causing more than $100 in damage to any federal property is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000. Damage under $100 is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or fines of up to $100,000.]

If Trump is wrong sending in federal officers, then the mayors are wrong for tolerating riots and widespread civil unrest. One of the basic obligations of any civil government is the maintenance of public order.

The First Amendment protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” If the assembly is no longer peaceable, it is no longer protected. It can be raucous; it can be loud; it can be boisterous; but it can’t break the law or engage in destruction or violence.

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