Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The most ridiculous thing I've heard this week ...

Apparently more than half the people arrested in anti-Trump demonstrations in the US had not themselves voted in the election which elected him to the most powerful position in the world.

That really is elevating inconsistency into an art form.

If you cannot be bothered to vote, you have no moral basis to complain about the result - and no right whatsoever to riot about it.

7 comments:

Jim said...

No one has a "right to riot" no matter about what.

"If you cannot be bothered to vote, you have no moral basis to complain about the result" whilst that part is true, no right to complain about the result, I do think if you don't vote you have every right in the world to complain and to protest about the system.

Jim said...

old chineese proverb say

"When mosquito land on testicles, only then understand that violence not solve problem"

Chris Whiteside said...

I was careful to say that they had no moral basis to complain about the result, not that they had no right to do so.

They would not have a right to riot even if they had cast a vote, but have even less if they did not bother to register, or had registered but did not vote.

Jim said...

lets just stick to protest, I was very careful to comment on the no right to complain about the Result but every right to complain and protest about the system used

the "no one has the right to riot" comment was agreement in response to your line

"and no right whatsoever to riot about it."

and lets face it, if you don't like the system at all then why take an active part in supporting it by voting?

Chris Whiteside said...

I see your point. I think we are both in agreement that there is still no right to riot.

Even if you don't like the system used, failing to vote and then complaining about the result still makes you look silly - but I would also defend people's right to say things I think are silly. I think we are agreed on that point too.

Anonymous said...

Riot? Like the miners?

Chris Whiteside said...

Are you referring to the events associated with the strike which began 32 years ago?

I would not have thought the parallels were particularly close.