I am considering attending a demonstration, as I have many times in the past, none of which turned violent. Even the anti-Vietnam ones I attended in college did not turn violent. That is exactly what I am weighing. Do I want to be part of something that has even the slightest possibility of becoming a ruckus? Will the demonstration voice MY true concerns and beliefs? Who is organizing it? What is the intention behind the demonstration? What do they hope to accomplish? Will being at that demonstration be the best use of my time, abilities, and resources?

I am a non-violent person. I have never engaged in any activity that led to violence. For you to insinuate otherwise is presumptuous.

Worse than that presumption is your contention that the left is the undoing of thought and democracy. You are extremely confused as to who is undoing thought and democracy in our country. Perhaps a look in the mirror will help you see clearly.

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