I can give some hidden clues that might be invisible on the outside.
Here’s a hint:
If it wasn’t for the 80s Southern WASPy right usurping American pride and intermingling it with tent revival fundamentalist TV evangelism and claiming “America” for themselves, I’d gladly wear an American pin because I’m proud of when America does things right but I’m also disappointed when America does things wrong.
In actuality, I don’t see Civil War as happening.
But what I *do* see? People arguing with each other *as if* Civil War is inevitable.
Massachusetts is generally very liberal / left and Western Mass especially so.
I doubt anybody at that counter protest even came out of state. Plus, they’re pros at protests/counter protests. The most liberal of liberal colleges are in Western Massachusetts.
I’m sure you can find a pro white power news article or extreme right libertarian that paints a darker picture of evil forces designed to take away freedoms.
But fact is: They got their space. They had their speech. Nobody hurt or killed. It was a successful situation.
There’s enough people taking care of the problem for you that you don’t have to worry about it That’s the wonderful thing about the American system: it really seems to work so well that for most people (myself included) politics can just be a distant murmur in the background and life generally continues as normal for most regular people doing most regular things.
If they’re ok with the normal they have, it’ll continue as it did.
Me, who almost never waves a flag (because I don’t fall into the “America Right or Wrong” category), will wave it today.
Same. The remains of the UniteTheRight got their free speech. They started late, ended early and were disorganized but they got what they petitioned for.
The 15,000 strong counter protest (probably mostly people from Mass and few from out of state because Mass is very liberal, especially the Western – and they KNOW how to protest/counter protest correctly), had the normal minor skirmishes that you get when 15000 people are in the same place, bringing their issues in with them.
But as far as I know, nobody seriously injured. Nobody died. Everybody goes home alive.
It’s been so long since I’ve felt American Pride, I almost forgot what it felt like. But I’ve got it today.