Stand up to authoritarianism

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Trump is threatening to send troops to cities around the U.S. as modern-day storm troopers/slave patrols that will brutally attack citizens. Trump is a Putin lackey who wants to be a dictator like Putin. We must stand up against this authoritarianism.

Tom Ard

Oak Park

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William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 3rd, 2020 12:18 PM

Yes, Ms. Lopez, I prefer a federal courthouse just be burned to the ground- wait, well, unless, of course, I'm in it reporting on a trial, as I've done on numerous occasions. But other than that, you go with the assumption I want federal court house to burn, since that silly belief seems to be easier for you than the effort to engage in critical thought.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: August 3rd, 2020 11:02 AM

Am I to assume that you never use google Mr. Dwyer, that you are somehow blessed with vasts amounts of knowledge us minions are not. So what is the recourse of the federal government when local authorities don't protect federal property and refuse to cooperate? Sounds like you prefer a federal courthouse just be burned to the ground.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 3rd, 2020 6:26 AM

Congratulations on successfully Googling the Federal Code, Ms. Lopez. I'm going to take a guess here and assume you don't have any idea how local, county , state and federal law enforcement formally cooperate. Here's a clue for you- the feds don't just come in and take over streets that don't belong to them. They come in at the request of state and local authorities. Your narrow-minded nd reactionary POV is going to be refuted in November, and we can begin the process of restoring both order and the law that is supposed to underpin that order.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2020 11:51 PM

@ Mr. Dwyer. Speaking of familiarize yourself with legal precedent, have you taken a gander at 40 U.S. Code 131? You know, that crazy one that gives the federal government the right to protect federal property. When local authorities have no interest in preventing a federal courthouse from burning down, the federal gov't is left with no choice, but to step in. Funny how you consider that authoritarian by the way. Authoritarian is removing a statue of Columbus in Grant Park with no process in place (well all know how you love processes to remove murals, artwork and statues). Authoritarian is burning bibles in the middle of a public street. Authoritarian is rioting because someone you disagree with is coming to speak at a college campus (includes comedians).

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: August 2nd, 2020 9:04 AM

There's the clueless Ray Ray again, suggesting people learn to use "25 cent words" when his authoritarian hero can't put six 10 cent words together to form a coherent sentence. Read the Constitution, Simpson, familiarize yourself with legal precedent and try to have some basic idea of what you're talking about. Federal law enforcement routinely works with local law enforcement in a cooperative manner, but usually at the request of local authorities. They DON'T walk in and just take over. You extreme right wingers are real unprincipled hypocrites - you want state's rights when that satisfies your goals, and you demand absolute state fealty to the federal government when that satisfies your goals. It doesn't work that way. The clock's still ticking- but because the corrupt hacks in the Republican controlled Senate wouldn't hold Trump accountable, it's left up to We the People to do so, in 93 days. Tick... tick... tick...

Ray Simpson  

Posted: August 2nd, 2020 8:19 AM

What part of Federal Troops Protecting Federal Property is beyond our "Progressive" residents intellect? Perhaps learning how to use $ .25 words before tackling the two dollar list would be good advice. I understand that you harbor hatred for President Trump, but consider this, what if you find out that your hatred is based on a well organized lie? Just my two cents worth. I thought we were a more tolerant community than this!

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