LORD, PLEASE DOUSE THE
FLAMES OF REVOLUTION
Destruction of a church marker would be loaded with meaning in any case. This particular image is also loaded with irony.
It identifies Bradford Community Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. If you know anything about the Unitarian Universalist Association, you know it’s a collection of people who share a spirituality that doesn’t necessarily include any particular belief in God, but that’s heavy on Progressive ideological sympathies (as the sign board’s message suggests).
I’d guess that Bradford members are prominent in local activism and political organizing in Kenosha’s minority neighborhoods. It wouldn’t be too great a leap to assume that some of the rioters have ties to this church.
As it happens, I know a little bit about Unitarian Universalism. My wife and I were married in a UU church.
To me this photo is an icon of the falseness and self-destruction of most revolutions — as demonstrated by the Left, over and over again. One can’t help noting that in all the recent outbursts of insurrectionist fervor, the people whom Progressives claim to champion have been injured greatly, the community assets on which they depend have been destroyed.
The burning sign photo from Kenosha puts me in mind of another famous image, a 1793 painting, “The Death of Marat,” by French artist Jacque-Louis David. That work depicts the assassination of radical journalist and revolutionary leader, Jean-Paul Marat.
Being stabbed in his bathtub while soaking to treat a skin condition was an ignominious end for this great firebrand of the French Revolution. If the radicals who have burned our cities view their fires as some sort of therapeutic bath, they may eventually feel a bit stabbed themselves.
But then, revolutions generally accomplish very little good — for those who experience them, or even for those who conduct them. They tend to destroy their own most committed advocates. And usually they’re only tenuously connected to the ideals they espouse.
What did the French Revolution accomplish?
What did the Russian Revolution accomplish?
The Gulag, mass slaughter, and seven decades of tyranny, even for those who were among its most avid supporters.
The American Revolution is the historic exception, because it wasn’t really revolutionary — at least not in the sense of attempting to establish a new social or economic order. The governing scheme that resulted from it was based on long-established traditions. The leaders of the new nation were the same men who had been leading figures under colonialism.
Ours was that rare thing: a conservative revolution. Which seems like a contradiction in terms, but is true nonetheless.
Some have said that if the Left ever succeeds in taking over the U.S., it would impose a “soft tyranny” characterized by such elements as reverse discrimination, political correctness, and inclusivist social pressure.
Hell, we already have those. The assaults and destruction of these last few months have shown that there would be nothing “soft” about the tyranny we’d face under a regime of total wokeness.
If you can’t imagine cute little Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sending you to the Gulag, or standing you up against a wall, think again.
It’s small consolation to assume that she’d likely end up there herself when the revolutionary tide turned against her. She’s useful to her backers now, but I don’t think she’d be shrewd enough to assure herself a permanent seat on the Central Committee.
Nevertheless, don’t kid yourself about what Sandy and her comrades have in mind.
The upcoming election will be a decision on the nation’s future. But if that decision is to be meaningful we need a Trump landslide, followed by a great movement of restoration.
We must revisit our understanding of civil rights, reestablishing the simple fairness and plain justice it once represented.
We must reinvigorate the commitment of our news professionals to objectivity and journalistic detachment, so we can count on them for real news.
We must reduce social networks to the status of common carrier (like phone companies), which is how those platforms functioned in the days before they began fancying themselves determiners of truth.
We must eliminate the concept of hate speech and hate crimes, and uphold the principle that people can be disciplined or prosecuted only for their bad acts, not for their thoughts or attitudes (the ideological basis of speech suppression).
We must cleanse education at all levels, liberating our schools, colleges and universities from their cooptation as machines of propaganda and centers of radical recruitment.
We must bolster the strength of our First Amendment in protecting religion, and reassert Judeo-Christian culture as the core of our national identity and moral character.
And more. Lots more.
But first we have to win this election, and that won’t be easy. The Democrats have all kinds of creative mischief planned for falsifying the vote count — with the mainstream media providing cover for each nefarious plot.
Trump’s landslide has to be huge and unassailable.
And if it is…
There are those RICO statutes just waiting to be applied to the Democrat national leadership, that grand criminal conspiracy masquerading as a legitimate political party.
You can bet this is what AOC and her comrades are most afraid of.
The Left wants its revolution, and they’re convinced the moment has arrived.
But like that old French rabble-rouser, Jean-Paul Marat, they may yet see the flames of revolution doused by a sad soaking.
Lord, let it be so.
Save our nation.
Joe Biden has made some half-hearted criticisms of rioting. But to illustrate where the Democrat candidates really stand, here’s a message posted online by Kamala Harris…
Then again, here’s an especially good idea in this time of contagion…
Sadly, the Left isn’t waiting to assume power before beginning its “soft” tyranny, as this meme demonstrates…
The current revolution has its own versions of Jean-Paul Marat — propagandists who try to put a moral gloss on criminality. One of them is Vicky Osterweil, author of the recently published book, In Defense of Looting. Interviewed on National Public Radio, this self-described “writer, editor, and agitator” observed how the looting that’s always associated with rioting …
“attacks the very way in which food and things are distributed. It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions. It points to the way in which that’s unjust. And the reason that the world is organized that way, obviously, is for the profit of the people who own the stores and the factories. So you get to the heart of that property relation, and demonstrate that without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.”
A transgender “woman,” Osterweil is the perfect example of how the Left has weaponized sexual discontent, creating a moral universe in which ethical concepts like theft are turned on their heads. Check out the interview at…
If you’d like to dig more deeply into this Alice-through-the-looking-glass moral world, swing over to The Spectator, where British writer Ben Sixmith deconstructs Osterweil’s warped perspective…
“Osterweil is flagrantly dishonest, or fantastically ignorant, in her attempts to portray the US as such a quasi-fascistic oppressor of African Americans that violent disorder is justifiable ….
“it might be worth pointing out that less than one-fifth of the black Americans that Osterweil does a lot of speaking for in In Defense of Looting want fewer police on their streets.”
Author/historian Victor Davis Hanson points to other ironies that make the current civil turbulence so unreal and hypocritical to the majority of Americans who aren’t taking part in it…
“Only a despised, dynamic American economy allows millions to divorce from it for a summer of protest.
“A ridiculed U.S. Constitution ensures that looters and arsonists have due process.
“The Bill of Rights guarantees peaceful assembly and electrically amplified profanity rarely protected elsewhere.
“Affirmative action; federally ensured and subsidized college grants and loans; and cheap smartphones, headphones, and laptops all give youth choices unimagined in the past.”