The Constitution of the United States guarantees the right of the people to peacefully assemble and that’s it.
PHILADELPHIA– August 13, 2017–As Philadelphians we know the pride of being the historic birthplace of American values and liberties. This is why it saddens us to see the events that unfolded in Charlottesville, VA. While we must respect the right of peaceful assembly guaranteed by our great Constitution, we must also strongly condemn the abuse of this right, in the form of violence.
The sickening display of hatred, bigotry and violence exhibited by an Ohio man, who allegedly drove a car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others is beyond comprehension. Previous to his alleged engagement in this hateful, violent act, numerous media sources reported he was seen assembling with a racist, openly fascist group, Vanguard America.
While we must utilize jurisprudence in interpreting the facts of the case as they unveil themselves within a federal civil rights investigation launched by AG Sessions, it’s not out-of-line to initiate a discussion surrounding hateful groups like Vanguard and their acolytes. After all, in addition to the right of peaceful assembly, our American system also places emphasis on rule of law and guarantees an egalitarian approach to existence, forbidding discrimination based upon characteristics such as biological sex, race or religious beliefs.
We must now peacefully assemble as Americans, aside from political persuasions and other differences to condemn the violent and hateful rhetoric of certain individuals or groups implicated in acts of domestic terrorism, which hold the power to divide the republic and dissolve all of our rights as Americans.
The Philly GOP encourages Philadelphia’s residents to join together at this time in love not hatred, and advocate for the restoration of peace and law and order across the entire United States. As quoted by Thomas Jefferson, “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.”