I would like to comment on the recent “rally” that was held in my neighborhood of Whispering Pines by the far right political faction on Sept. 19. I was completely shocked and unaware of what was transpiring in my neighborhood. We are a small, quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Battle Ground.
This rally, which I was told was a “Christian” gathering by an attendee, took place right in the middle of our neighborhood in the main intersection. There were people parking all over the streets and walking in to where canopies and tables had been set up. There were microphones with people singing, and later people espousing their own political ideology. There were men in fatigues walking up and down our sidewalks with flags that are associated with white supremacists.
From my understanding, they were there to send a message to the mayor of Battle Ground who lives in our small neighborhood. The joke is he wasn’t even home. What they did do is anger the whole neighborhood with their presumptuous invasion of our homes and our privacy.
I guess their brand of freedom is only for those who share their beliefs. How would they like a group of people setting up microphones and in front of their homes and loudly espousing differing political views? As a side note, the Battle Ground police were called about this and did nothing. So if anyone would like to know where the concept of defunding the police comes from this is a perfect example. A police department not serving or protecting its constituency. (This is not the only time the Battle Ground police have been notified of a problem and done nothing.) The one positive thing this rally has done is to activate those in our neighborhood to make sure this kind of thing never catches us off guard again. The silent majority is done being silent.