So, the Missouri Highway Patrol moved in, acted like adults, the day passed with plenty of protest by no rioting, looting, arson or similar violation of the accepted norms of civil behavior...and then the night fell and the barbarians returned, this time in violation of a curfew.
Some speakers-for-savagery are arguing that the curfew is a violation of the First Amendment (at least insofar as shouting and throwing things, some of them on fire, counts as "argument") and I would be willing to entertain the notion if citizens had been "peaceably assembling" even if it was to play loud music and yell rather than trying to "petition for redress of grievances." Alas, a rioting mob is not a peaceable assembly and a Molotov cocktail isn't a petition, and thus, well, to hell with you idiots weakening the First Amendment by trying to commit crimes under its cover.
It does appear the state police have made more progress than their predecessor agencies in Ferguson; it appears that the night-fighters have managed to lose even Al Sharpton: "One person was shot last night, and we don't know if was related to the protest or not, or who shot them, but we do not need more people hurt to stop the hurt." Hey, rioters? When you are so out of line that even Rev. Al is scolding you, you're done. Pushed right up against it, most people with a choice left prefer civilization to blood in the streets.
Other men just want to watch the world burn -- and they're still lighting fires when the sun sets in Ferguson. One way or another, that can only go on for a limited period of time.
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