ONLY TRUMP CAN RESPOND
TO THE RADICAL CHALLENGE
I happened to catch a few minutes of Rush Limbaugh’s interview with the cast of “The Breakfast Club.” That’s the syndicated Black-focus radio show on which Joe Biden made his famous “you ain’t Black” gaff.
Rush explained that he was sickened by the “criminal brutality” evident in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and wanted to “reach out” to some people with whom he ordinarily wouldn’t be likely to exchange views.
One of the hosts, Lenard McKelvey, known as “Charlamagne Tha God,” noted that Floyd’s death was only one instance of a Black person killed by police, and asked why this was the one “making you say, ‘enough is enough.’”
Rush responded passionately, “Because I’m fed up with it!”
The answer to McKelvey’s question is really quite simple…
Why this one? Because it was clear.
In other police killings, such as that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there have been additional facts not immediately known, or other actions not captured on video. Things happen quickly in confrontational situations, and you usually can’t know what transpired before the camera was turned on, or what might have been revealed if viewed from a different angle.
The Minneapolis incident had no such ambiguity about it.
Regardless of Floyd’s criminal background, and even if he had been resisting arrest, keeping a knee pressed to his throat for almost nine minutes couldn’t possibly be considered an appropriate restraining technique. And so the whole world observed an American policeman squeeze the life out another human being, as fellow officers stood by.
I can’t imagine anyone not being appalled by what they saw. And indeed, there was near-universal assent to the initial protest — as near to a moment of national unity as is possible in our diverse society.
It didn’t take long for national unity to be destroyed.
Within hours, protest had deteriorated into street disorder that stretched civic resources. Loss of effective police oversight (in some cases as a result of official city or state policy) invited attacks on businesses and rampant looting. Honest protest was displaced by a wild shopping spree.
Next came the radical elements, ever organized and standing by, ready to exploit any opportunity to create chaos. By the following day, fires, attacks on police, business owners, and innocent bystanders, a general breakdown of public order, and widespread fear had shaken metropolitan areas across the country. It’s continued for days.
And just to demonstrate the efficiency with which radical networks can mobilize, pallets of bricks were found delivered to riot sites in various cities (locations where no construction is going on), for use in smashing windows and attacking emergency vehicles. Caches of incendiary supplies have also been discovered in some places.
Can you imagine the logistics involved in all of that distribution? Pretty sophisticated, not to mention costly.
We’ve seen the pattern of protest-to-chaos many times over the decades. Living in Michigan, I was struck by the irony of new rioting in Detroit, a city which, more than half a century after the great turmoil of 1968, still isn’t recovered.
President Trump has threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act, which empowers use of federal troops to quell domestic violence when requested by beleaguered state governments.
He’s encountered resistance even within his own circle of present and former administration officials. And pretty much every news report I’ve seen on this emphasizes that the law is 213 years old.
That’s a media ploy to suggest that The Donald is dredging up some out-of-date statute to justify a “fascist” crackdown. Never mind that this law was used as recently as 1992 to authorize bringing in the military during riots in Los Angeles.
Trump has also declared the radical Antifa network a domestic terrorist group. Reports of this action frequently include the line, “with no proof.” Of course, on 9/11 there was “no proof” that Al-Qaida had flown those planes into those buildings.
Trump is the man of the hour, that’s for sure. The nation’s future is in his hands, and I think people realize it. A video tweet making the rounds on social media shows a woman begging looters to stop their mischief. Desperately she screams…
“This is going to get Trump re-elected!”
Muddled as her ideology might be, you have to credit her with a certain political perceptiveness. In a crisis moment like this, people always opt for law-and-order. That’s another reflection I draw from my memories of 1968. Richard Nixon was the law-and-order candidate back then, and he won in a walkaway.
Does anyone imagine Joe Biden guiding the nation through these troubled times? Encroaching senility and his ties to the Soros/Obama axis tell us everything we need to know about what the next Democrat administration would be like.
But pray that The Donald can deliver. If he can’t — and things get really out of control — it just might occur to somebody (somebody with means and muscle) that the only way to save the Constitution is to suspend it.
And if you think I’m being paranoid in suggesting such a thing, this austere message is currently circulating on Facebook, raising the possibility of a military coup. Is it just the primative babble of some random wing nut, or is it an effort to start this idea percolating through the public consciousness?
“What a strange situation we’re in. It may be that Donald Trump, that oddly gifted and deeply flawed man, is the last defender of American democracy — the only one standing between us and true authoritarian government.”
Well, the Left tells us they want change. They might get more of it than they expect.
That’s something for Rush Limbaugh to talk about, the next time he’s on “The Breakfast Club.”
Jeff Charles, correspondent for LibertyNation.com, notes that people are getting hip to who’s really revving up the current wave of violence…
“Black Minneapolis residents took issue with the white demonstrators who traveled to the city simply to stoke violent tensions. A video has been circulating on social media showing a man politely telling these individuals to stop engaging in violent behavior because of the toxic impact their actions have had on the community and the efforts of the peaceful protesters.
“We gotta try to keep this as peaceful as possible,” one resident said. Later, he explained, “There’s a whole lot of people that come here just to incite a riot. They don’t live here.”
This growing awareness ought to be a big assist to Trump’s anti-radical measures. Check out Jeff Charles’ piece on Red State…
“We’re human beings, not f***ing animals….
“I think someone needs to come out and say, ‘Hey, guys, why are we looting? Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues, more problems?”
The Daily Wire has Rodman’s comments…
But with leftist radicalism as the primary force behind the riots, David Carlin, a professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode, and a regular commentator on Catholic sites, digs a bit deeper into the anarchistic mindset of the radicals. He observes that the core problem is a denial of reality, noting…
“it isn’t this or that regime that they hate; it is reality itself that they hate. They exhibit this hatred by denying certain common-sense truths.
“For instance, they deny that an unborn baby is a human being. And they deny that nature ‘intends’ males and females to have sexual relations with one another, as opposed to males having sex with males and females having sex with females. And they deny that a boy is by nature a boy, and a girl is by nature is a girl; no, they say, you’re a girl only if you want to be a girl, and you’re a boy only if you want to be a boy.”
Carlin’s reflections can be found on The Catholic Thing…
Not to worry, however. Deep thinkers among the celebrity community have all the answers to our current travail. According to the Daily Wire, Madonna thinks that the answer to rioting is disarming the police…
“Until we can overcome Racism in America — no one should be allowed to carry a gun. Most of all cops.”