The Allegory of the Kid
A friend recently told me of an account of one of the first conservative rallies held in the Portland Oregon area that occurred back in the Clinton era.
All who went to the rally were new to street protest, looking out of place in their neat middle class attire, feeble attempts at chanting, and their obvious lack of experience. (Many local Portlanders mocked their newbie attempts at holding a protest.)
Local law enforcement told them that they could chant, make noise, and call out to passing cars, but that no one was allowed off the sidewalk. My friend made paticular note of the fact that all stayed on the sidewalk, and *no one crossed the line*.
Today American society is as divided as a group of people on one side of the street, and another group facing them on the other side of the street. In the middle of the street is a young child, and hurtling down the street toward the child is a bus - death and destruction of the child seems all but certain.
The people on the far side of the street are anxious for the destruction of the child and cheer on the oncoming bus! Many recount lists of horrible actions that the child has reputedly done in its young life, and his irredemably failed character.
The people on the near side of the street see the child differently, but their reactions range from oblivious to the child's fate, to highly agitated at the situation. Many talk about the danger, but most stand watching but not moving. Most avoid looking at the few people agitated at the situation, like one would avoid enagaging with a wild eccentric person.
Occasionally someone leaves the sidewalk, crosses the line, and attempts to enter the street to help the child, but the opposing side thwarts those that try. They are taunted, their families are threatened, objects are thrown at them, and even uniformed control enforcement officers are sent to order them to stay on the sidewalk and to arrest them if they step off the sidewalk into the street.
What will happen to the kid in imminent danger? Will enough people on the near side of the street wake up to the moral imperative to step off the sidewalk, go into the street to save the kid, and overcome the forces on the other side?
Will the kid be saved, or destroyed?
About this Site
Reed is a retired engineer who lives outside of Portland, Oregon. He was put on the FBI's Most Wanted list and is experiencing Federal prosecution for attendance at the Jan 6th Rally for Trump, and his efforts to assist in waving the Flag on the steps of the Capitol Building.
Reed is talking freely and openly about his Rally participation and subsequent arrest to point out that political prisoners are being taken in America, and that the patriots at the Rally did the right thing in crossing the line set up in front of the Capitol.
Legal Defense Fund
Because of his Federal prosecution and arrest, Reed retired from his engineering job five years earlier than he had planned. He and his wife feel confident they can get their personal finances worked out if they can get some help with the unknown expenses of Legal Defense.
Reed is working with the Free Oregon organization which is raising funds to help Patriots in the area facing criminal charges while fighting for the cause of Freedom.
Reed suffered a major stroke at the end of January 2021. Just three months later, he was arrested on his way to church with his wife. He was on four medicines and had just started taking practice walks without a cane when he was sent to jail.
He was stripped naked and spent 3 hours without clothes in a holding cell, including two hours of interrogation. He then spent the night without clothes in a concrete observation cell for 16 hours with no furniture, no bed, and no pillow or blanket before being taken to the Portland Federal Building.
At his Washington D.C pretrial hearing held via Zoom, a Federal prosecuter attempted to have him committed for a mental evaluation and for mandatory mental treatment.
A detailed account follows:
Washington County Jail
Federal Building in Portland
My wife's account
Reed is talking freely and openly about being at the Jan 6th Rally for Trump, and his efforts to assist in waving the Flag on the steps of the Capitol Building, and his subsequent arrest, jailing, and Federal prosecution.
Links to more in-depth discussion of these topics are found here.
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