In 1970 four people became casualties of an anti-war movement sweeping across America. Two, Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller, were specifically protesting, while two others, Sandra Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder, were merely walking to their next class. For Sandra and William a deep, sincere tragedy indeed, but – how do their deaths inspire an Arianna Nation S.S. writer, Jesse Kornbluth, to say that these four deaths are “the most popular murders ever committed in America“? And if he is to call the killings “murder” would he also lay blame for those murders on the protesters themselves? You could probably count your chickens before that happens.
After-all, it was a very violent protest.
May 1st – Trouble exploded in town around midnight when people left a bar and began throwing beer bottles at cars and breaking downtown store fronts. In the process they broke a bank window, setting off an alarm. The news spread quickly and it resulted in several bars closing early to avoid trouble. Before long, more people had joined the vandalism and looting. By the time police arrived, a crowd of 120 had already gathered. Some people from the crowd had already lit a small bonfire in the street. The crowd appeared to be a mix of bikers, students, and transient people. A few members of the crowd began to throw beer bottles at the police, and then started yelling obscenities at them. (This from the very liberal and progressive, not a loyal supporter of conservatives or conservatism, Wikipedia)
If anything, the Kent State Massacre was a precursor to what we are seeing in America today with the “Occupy” crowd, and their violent anti-American terrorist-style activities. And the deaths of these four people, especially the deaths of Sandra and William, were directly caused by the protesters themselves, not police, as liberals, like Kornbluth, would romanticize.
Police have a duty and a responsibility to keep order and civility. When a large crowd of people become violent and out of control and begin vandalizing property, hurling rocks and beer bottles at police, which can be just as deadly as a bullet, what the hell are police supposed to so? Stand there and let the vandalism continue? Allow themselves to be sitting targets and possibly killed? This police force had families, wives and children, of their own too. Did the Kent State protesters ever give that any consideration? Do any protesters give that the least bit of consideration? Do the Occupy protesters of today give that any consideration? Or are these types of violent protesters, by their very nature, by their own insatiable arrogance and corruptibility, their yearning for destruction and chaos and disorder, blind-sighted to reality?
The Kent State Massacre (and “massacre” is the wrong word to use. They were deaths, at most killings, two of which, Allison and Jeffrey, could be considered justified.) may have had an impact on America, (a mere ripple in the water at best), but it is not as meaningful, as important, as worth remembering, and certainly not as “popular” as say the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, or any U.S President. Nor was it in the same league of monumental importance (the sizematic consequences equivalent to a magnitude 10 earthquake or the impact left in the wake of the meteor which killed off over 90% of life on Earth 65 millions years ago) as was the first shot fired that started the American Revolutionary War or the American Civil War. When we attribute misplaced empathy for violent protesters we justify their actions and embolden future agitators.
May 2 – City officials and downtown businesses received threats while rumors proliferated that radical revolutionaries were in Kent to destroy the city and university. (Also from the very liberal Wikipedia)
Had it not been for the extremely violent nature of the protesters, what happened at Kent State could have been avoided entirely, and Sandra and William could both be alive today. Where is the commentary on that? Nobody, at least in the liberal media, ever blames the protesters directly for the destruction, the mayhem, the millions of dollars in property damage they themselves cause. Where is the commentary on that?
Why on Earth would anyone consider the deaths of four people, two of whom were contributing protesters, “the most popular murders ever committed in America”? Obviously Kornbluth has intentionally disregarded an incredible bulk of American history, and he is hoping we will do the same.
“Kent State is America’s Tiananmen Square.”
Except the protesters at Tiananmen Square were not the least bit violent. Kornbluth does an evil disservice comparing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests with the Kent State “Massacre”.
And Kornbluth opines:
“It looks as if the killings at Kent State are moving inexorably from tragedy into history.”
And that is exactly where it belongs – as a side note, a footnote, relegated to a section of American history under the category of Vietnam Era Protests. Because if we continue to give credence and credibility, empathy and sympathy, support and over concern for, and a media outlet to, dead protesters who commit, who participate and engage in, acts of violence and terrorism against America and American interests, we do more to further their insane cause and provide them with an unnecessary platform, a gateway into the minds of other impressionable, uncertain, doubtful American youths looking for something, anything they can latch onto to secure their own fifteen minutes of fame; to be heard, to have a voice, to be, and to amount to, something, even if that something is anti-Americanism. That is the epitaph of the Kent State “Massacre”.
Liberals and Democrats justify the violence of the protesters at Kent State just as they justify the violence of the protesters of the “Occupy” movement. How many more Americans are justifying their participation in the “Occupy” movement, and their violent behavior, because of Kent State, all the anti-American Vietnam War protests, and all the violent, chaotic, disruptive, uncivilized, vigilantist, anarchist, anti-American protests since? How many more Americans (American youth in particular) have renounced their allegiance to America because of what happened at Kent State, what they have been falsely educated to believe about the Vietnam War and because they are emboldened and inspirited by Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Barack Obama to be and to become even more violent?
Was the Kent State “Massacre” really worth four dead people to protesters trying to protest America’s involvement in a war they disapproved us being in? Or were their deaths a “necessary evil” that helped put the spotlight on an unpopular war? If you could ask them (those that protested at Kent State), if they could turn back the clock and prevent the protests at Kent State from ever occurring if it would mean saving the lives of Allison, Jeffrey, Sandra and William, – what would they say? What would Kornbluth say? And what then would Kornbluth have left to turn to decry as the “most popular murders in America”?
- Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre? (kavvathas.com)
- So, what is Occupy Wall Street anyways? (owsanalysis.wordpress.com)
- The International Socialists Want Violence In The Occupy Movement! (genuinewitty.wordpress.com)
- Majority in the U.S. Supported the Shooting of Kent State Shooters in 1970 (izabael.com)