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Religion and politics are no-no’s when talking with friends, or so it’s said. I do know people with whom I would never bring up those topics, and tread carefully when discussing current news events.

But here I’ll say what I think: Is a second civil war coming? Some days I feel that way, and wonder why we as a nation and the individuals therein can’t appreciate the freedoms we have and respect our form of government.

Hey, I wasn’t thrilled with either candidate; what informed my decision was a love of the Constitution, and how far away from it we have moved in recent years. I want the Constitution to be foremost in the decisions made by our three branches of government. Perhaps idealistically, I would like elected officials to first feel allegiance to that founding document, and not to the parties they attach to their names.

The president was elected according to the well-known terms of the Constitution and as such deserves the respect that office has always commanded. We have a new administration every four years (sometimes eight), and Obama exited fairly quietly respecting the process. On the surface he was genial, presidential, and welcoming to the new President. (I won’t mention the questionable actions he took in his last few months).

Without respect for the Constitution we have chaos, and the left’s actions are an indication of what a negation of the process that has made this country lawful and peaceful in the changeover of power. We are currently acting more like a third world country new to democracy and the tenets of the Constitution. Other presidents have been reluctant to welcome their replacement, but never has an election and early actions of a new president been so questioned and criticized, sometimes violently.

Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Because we have this freedom, people think they can say anything. I was shocked at the words that were let loose at the women’s march, and in the presence of young children. I believe its purpose was to let loose on Trump, and express every negative opinion that they could bring up. What constructive purpose did it serve? I find I have nothing in common with those “nasty’ women (as they dubbed themselves) and would have been totally out of place in their throng. I also noticed that pro-life women were dis-invited. Curious because there are plenty of women who are pro-life and we saw in the tens of thousands of women who two days later descended on Washington in an orderly and far less offensive fashion.

Then there’s this trend on college campuses for vocal groups to oppress the expression of opinions that counter what they believe (whether they’re in the majority or minority). Where’s the dialogue? Where’s the listening to other people’s opinions and allowing their (including some students) expression of free speech? I sincerely doubt that all of the demonstrators on the Berkeley campus were students. These events seem to draw people who just want to disrupt and destroy.

We know that there can be peaceful protests. Martin Luther King taught us that and that had more impact than screaming women spewing hate, or young adults smashing windows.

Personally I think the universities of themselves must come out to not only allow, but to encourage differing opinions to be expressed, even if they have to call in the police or national guard to make this happen. They have to be at the forefront in defending freedom of speech and the rights outlined in the Constitution. The two-party (an occasionally three) system has always been a feature of our government, but have always included patriots. Where are those people today? I’d like to see more of them expressing their opinions and standing up for the USA first, and their party’s stance second.