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Letter: Shun violence; don't repeat pipeline protesters' mistake

American self-government is a unique gift of orderly existence, along with our constitutional rights and liberties that are grounded within set parameters of established law.

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American self-government is a unique gift of orderly existence, along with our constitutional rights and liberties that are grounded within set parameters of established law.

Without law and respect for the law, there is anarchy and resulting chaos.

The First Amendment is "first" not by chance, but by foundational design. Civil and lawful expressions are guaranteed outlets for discontent.

But when those expressions break the law and infringe on the rights of others, the legitimacy of the message is greatly diminished.

We are witnessing an orchestrated, organized disorder, promoted and highlighted by empathetic news media. The same media that openly expressed shock, dismay and anger over election results that didn't fit their political and issue-driven agendas.

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Many of the current public "protests" are supported by MoveOn.org, the left-leaning entity financed by billionaire George Soros. Apparently, Soros is unhappy that his attempt at manipulating the American election failed.

Legal and civil pouts and tantrums of dissent are as American as Apple pie and baseball. Violence, destruction and threats to assassinate the president-elect are not.

For those who lost the political argument Election Day/Night-resulting in a tidal wave of desired change on both the national and regional level-respect the system that affords you the right to protest. As well, respect the will of American voters, who resoundingly and historically disagreed with you on Nov. 8.

R.J. Ogaard

Crookston

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