“Societies exist under three forms, sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under government wherein the will of every one has a just influence; as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our States in a great one. 3. Under government of force, as is the case in all other monarchies, and in most of the other republics.
To have an idea of the curse of existence in these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem not clear in my mind that the first condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it… . It has its evils, too, the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject…. But even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to public affairs. I hold that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”
— Thomas Jefferson
For modern liberals who've no idea in hades what old Tom was speaking of, here it is in a nutshell. A free society must and will experience dreadful things from those who do not deserve to BE free. A free society does not punish the many for the actions of the depraved few. In a quite harsh but ultimately honest manner, such goings on are proof positive that the nation deserves to survive.