Progressives Move Closer to Fascism in March on Coughlin’s Home

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Obviously, they’ve still got a long way to go, but a mob of protesters’ showing up at a state representative’s home with a police escort and leaving a mess of signs is a step on the path to fascism:

Pawtucket City Councillors Sandra Cano and Meghan Kallman helped to lead the march, along with Fuerza Laboral’s executive director Heiny Maldonado and organizer Raul Figueroa. The group, escorted by the Pawtucket Police Department for the safety of the marchers, arrived at [Pawtucket Democrat David] Coughlin’s residence shortly before 9am and tried to get him to come out and address the crowd. Coughlin did not come to the door or answer his phone. A car with Coughlin’s House license plate 60, wrapped in a “Choose Life” frame, was parked in the driveway.

The crowd stood outside Coughlin’s residence for about ten minutes. Heiny Maldonado rang his doorbell and knocked, but did not get an answer. As the crowd departed, they left a small pile of messages, in the form of protest signs, on the front steps of Coughlin’s house. This is believed to be the first protest of a state legislator’s home in at least three years, and the success of the action points the way towards more such protests in the future.

Call it a trial balloon for fascism: target homes, intimidate, show up with a mob and the police, leave messages for the target to clean up (quotes: “Your Constituents Put You There. Your Constituents Can Take You ‘Out’,” “Resist,” “You do not represent our district,” and “Dream killer”), and publish photographs of his home from multiple angles having nothing to do with the “protest.”

Apart from the danger of fire, depositing these signs is not far off from a flaming cross, and the published photographs send the message “we know where you live” as clearly as a brick through the window.

Not only will the Coughlins of the state get the message, but anybody who might consider running for office while disagreeing with the brownshirts will have another reason to think twice.  That’s what they want, and that is fascism.



  • BasicCaruso

    They appear to have broken no laws and were nonviolent but you disapprove of their tactics so they’re fascists?

    Signs are a fire hazard? And just look at how intimidating these fascists are! No wonder Justin was so terrified. Agreed there’s no way to be entirely sure that one of them doesn’t have a brick in their mitten.
    http://www.rifuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-03-18-Rep-David-Coughlins-House-25-768×768.jpg

    “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…”

    • paxmaker

      Embarrassing post. If you can’t see this as intimidation, versus honest discussion in the public square instead of a neighborhood, you need to talk with someone about public decency.

      • BasicCaruso

        What a dangerous sentiment. Many an actual fascist has claimed the need to curtain freedom out of concern for security (not trying to suggest you’re among those folks btw). But perhaps you can refer me to the section of the Constitution that restricts rights to assembly and speech in neighborhoods versus in “the public square.”

        I agree there may be laws that govern acceptable behavior that can be different depending on location, but there is no indication that anyone involved violated any law. I’m with Jefferson on this one…

        “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.”
        Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 23 Dec. 1791

  • Nancy

    They used bullhorns and disturbed the peace of other residents on a Saturday morning. Not considerate of fellow man or “loving” at all. This is mob intimidation plain and simple and made worse because these progressives are NOT constituents, despite what’s implied by the sign. And Pawtucket City Counselors participated in this? Really? Cano is a major disappointment. Has anyone asked her if she’s legal? Unannounced and unscheduled assault by a mob of 30 does not deserve acknowledgement. Coughlin’s refusal to engage is justified. You don’t like legislation, testify against it at the State House hearing. You do NOT bully anyone to make your point. That is EXACTLY what you purport to protest. Hypocrisy is sickening. How they can count this as a “success” is more evidence of their delusion. And cops? You should not have let them leave the signs – it is litter and trespassing on private property.

    • Mike678

      Great post. Amazing how some blind ideologues try to defend this…

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