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The Democratic Socialists of America enlist the likes of ANTIFA, BLM and other terrorist organizations, Their New Campaign Boosters.

Left-wing mayhem


The Democratic Socialists of America conducted an internal membership survey after Sen. Bernie Sanders’s loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primary. Its purpose was to reassess its priorities and expand its electoral coalition. What it found was not far from the caricature of a modern left-wing radical, and a preview of what the rioters and looters sacking major cities across America in 2020 would look like.
We’re in the midst of those riots now, and it’s long past time to get acquainted with the extremists who have taken to the streets to turn protests against police violence into violence of their own.
According to the Democratic Socialists of America’s own data, nearly a third of its members in 2017 earned over $100,000 a year. Just 6% belonged to a union. A vast majority boasted a college or post-graduate degree. Only 6% of its members identified as “just Democratic Socialist,” with the rest falling into ideological camps ranging from the dull (“progressive”) to the obscenely radical (“anarcho-syndicalism”).
The survey provided cheap laughs for those suspicious of the group’s real commitment to “working-class liberation” but also provided a glimpse into how much the composition of the Democratic Socialists of America mirrors the Democratic Party, which its members like to complain is insufficiently left-wing. The two may be more alike than each group cares to admit. Polls from the Michigan primary this year, for example, found that 35% of participants earned $100,000 or more. Sanders, the self-identified socialist, won 36% of those voters and just a slim majority, 52%, of households with incomes under $50,000.
As riots broke out across American cities following the needless death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, in police custody, both Republicans and Democrats rushed to separate those engaged in peaceful protests from criminals hellbent on looting and burning unguarded local businesses. A significant portion of those who chose nihilistic criminality over legitimate protest were mere petty opportunists. But they are also, much to establishment Democrats’ chagrin and denial, a large swath of the Democratic Party’s base.
The Trump administration has cast antifa — a violent, loose-knit American adaptation of mid-20th-century European leftists aiming to overthrow the old order under the guise of being “anti-fascist” — as a driving force behind at least some of the nationwide violence.
On May 30, Attorney General William Barr said that “with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements” and that “groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda.”
President Trump drove the administration’s point home during a speech from the White House. “I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail,” he said. “This includes antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence.”
A 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service stated that “a portion of antifa movement members are willing to commit crimes to promote their beliefs” and that “the U.S. antifa movement appears to be decentralized, consisting of independent, radical, like-minded groups and individuals. Its tenets can dovetail with the principles of anarchism, socialism, and communism.” The report noted that “particular antifa groups may oppose different things based on how they identify who or what is fascist.”
In the case of the Floyd race riots, early evidence of some central organization by left-wing radicals has emerged, notably in Columbus, Ohio, where police arrested the owner of a bus that was stockpiled with weapons. An official from the New York Police Department’s terrorism and intelligence unit said “organizers of certain anarchist groups” were behind identifying targets for attackers, such as police cars or high-end stores. Details from these officials remain scarce and heavy-loaded with buzzwords such as “encrypted communication” (all iPhone messages are, by definition, encrypted) and “complex networks,” though they could be talking about something as simple as an online group chat. (As the Russian “collusion” investigation showed, intelligence officials have been known to inflate threats.)
But the scarcity of solid information combined with the serious reason to believe that organized anarchists acted as agents provocateurs to destroy thousands of businesses and scores of communities justify thorough investigation and interdiction by federal authorities. Barr said that he would use regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces to combat antifa and other violent groups that operate across state lines, tracking their money and coordination.
Arrest records show that individuals behind some of the more heinous acts in the riots mirror what the DSA survey alluded to. Take, for example, the two attorneys arrested by the NYPD on May 31 for allegedly tossing a Molotov cocktail into a police car. Colinford Mattis, a Princeton and New York University graduate, is currently out on a $250,000 bond with his accomplice Urooj Rahman, a Fordham-educated attorney whose bail was secured by Salmah Rizvi, an intelligence official in the Obama administration who is now at the D.C.-based law firm Ropes & Gray.
Then, there’s New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s own daughter, who was arrested that same night for disobeying police orders on the same block police cars were being burned. Chiara de Blasio graduated from the ritzy Santa Clara University in 2016 and still lives with her parents at Gracie Mansion. Reports say she plans on becoming a social worker, although she currently works for a feminist activist group named the Santa Clara Community Action Program.
In short, these are bourgeois revolutionaries, not much different in background than the door-knockers who volunteered for Sanders’s presidential campaign. They are being radicalized on college campuses and in their workplaces, not with pamphlets distributed outside of a labor union meeting. This is important, and potentially more of a challenge, because it is organic and has the tacit approval of the Democratic Party.
Petty criminals drawn toward left-wing violence has been a fixture of American politics for over a century. The question facing those concerned with law and order is why these riots spiraled out of control more than did, say, the 1999 World Trade Organization rampage in Seattle. Those who declare their allegiance to myriad anarchist groups certainly play a role in domestic turmoil, but the accelerant lies with those occupying mainstream Democratic politics.
In The Unheavenly City Revisited, 20th-century neoconservative Edward Banfield writes about the genealogy of urban riots and traces how civil dysfunction on the scale we’re seeing today comes together. The looting of stores on Fifth Avenue, which has been excused by media commentators, politicians, and academics, is a distinct act committed by a different group of people from the destruction of police cars and a kind of petty crime far more common than violent confrontations with the police. But in combination with demonstrations, peaceful and violent, against the killing of Floyd, it serves as an accelerant for a riot — as does the intellectual justification it is given because it is part of more legitimate means of demonstration.
As Banfield wrote on the Los Angeles Watts Riots in 1965, “But what probably did most to make rioting seem legitimate was acceptance of the claim that the Watts riot was a ‘revolt,’ and that rioting everywhere had some political purpose. … Explanations that find the cause of rioting in the rioters’ environment are bound to be taken as justification, or at any rate extenuations, of their behavior and therefore tend to reinforce the irresponsibility that is characteristic of the age and class culture from which rioters are largely drawn.”
As American politics further realigns along income and educational lines, these professional-middle-class radicals have become more and more crucial to the Democratic Party’s governing coalition. This reality helps explain the bizarre response given from the Minneapolis government after the first night of rioting. Mayor Jacob Frey abjectly lied and blamed the violence on “out-of-state” instigators and suggested white supremacists were taking advantage of peaceful protesters to commit terrorism. No evidence has emerged of a single far-right actor attending any riot, anywhere, and the vast majority of arrests in Minneapolis were from state residents.
Before his current stint as Minnesota’s attorney general, Keith Ellison represented the state’s 5th Congressional District, where he won 71% of the vote in a district that’s 77% white. That seat is now occupied by Rep. Ilhan Omar. Following Sanders’s primary loss in 2016, the Democratic Party knew it had a problem on its hands, particularly after Ellison opted to run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison lost to Tom Perez but was made deputy chairman.
The following year, he expressed his solidarity with antifa by tweeting out a picture of himself holding the “Antifa Handbook” outside a Minneapolis bookstore. “At @MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.” He has since deleted the tweet, but he is now, as mentioned, the state attorney general.
Despite his revolutionary rhetoric, Ellison hails from a comfortable, bourgeois background. He grew up in Detroit as one of five sons to a psychiatrist and social worker. He now counts three brothers as lawyers and another as a surgeon. In other words, his life is the embodiment of the American dream that Ellison claims is no more than a suffocating fairy tale.
Perhaps one of the most undercovered things to come out of the riots was the Biden campaign’s response. Although the former vice president was careful to condemn the violence in less-than-harsh terms, the behavior of his staff was more revealing. As business owners in Minneapolis pleaded to be spared from the senseless anarchy engulfing the streets, at least 13 of Joe Biden’s staffers donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that “pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.”
Only 45 individuals were arrested in Minnesota’s Twin Cities from May 28 through May 30, according to police reports, meaning that law enforcement focused on arresting particularly bad actors, not your average college student disobeying orders. Thirteen of those 45 were arrested for commercial burglary, another for possession of an illegal firearm. The rest were taken into custody under rioting charges.
The rationale for donating these funds was that Biden sees cash bail as a “modern-day debtors prison,” according to the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign spokesman. Of all the times to make a point about the injustice of our legal system, the Biden campaign chose a moment when the poor and disadvantaged were the main alleged victims of those the campaign was helping.
And the damage was substantial: at least $55 million in Minneapolis, over $10 million in Georgia and Nebraska, and tens of millions of dollars’ worth in New York.
The entire conceit of Biden’s campaign, and the reason establishment figures rallied to his side before Sanders could jump out to an insurmountable delegate lead over him, is that he represents moderation at a time of radicalism and division. But the actions of the campaign over the past couple of weeks completely undermine its own raison d’etre.
And it marks a departure for the Democratic Party. No one from President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign bailed out the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in 2011 when 768 of them were arrested after blocking the Brooklyn Bridge that October.
For years, conservatives have speculated that wealthy leftist philanthropists such as George Soros play a role in the funding of antifa or in organizing Black Lives Matter-led protests through his Open Society Foundations, but his network denied any involvement, and little evidence supports the theory. Many on the Left happily join in for free, without the need for outside seed money, and with the blessing of elites.
Even Black Lives Matter, a movement for which virtually every major corporation and media outlet expresses support, traces its roots to the black radicalism of the 1970s, although its modern iteration goes back only to 2014 and an entirely false account of racist policing being responsible for the death of a young black man, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Black Lives Matter’s website declares the group’s mission is to “counter police violence” and “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes” and that “by combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.” But one of its founders, Alicia Garza, counts convicted cop killer and FBI fugitive Assata Shakur as one of her main inspirations. Garza, along with the two other founders of Black Lives Matter, were named three of Time magazine’s “100 Women of the Year.”
Borealis Philanthropy, a left-wing group that connects grant-makers with activist organizations, helps manage the Movement Fund, which provides funding to a constellation of groups based on priorities set by the Black Lives Matter-affiliated group Movement for Black Lives. There is also a host of bail and legal relief funds for different Black Lives Matter chapters. On May 27, Borealis announced $915,000 in grants to 16 new grantees “advancing Black liberation” across the United States, including funding to a Black Lives Matter chapter.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Black Lives Matter set up a petition on its website to defund the police, calling law enforcement a barrier to the survival and thriving of black people. “George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them,” the group wrote.
That didn’t stop the corporate boards of Nike, Disney, NBC, CitiBank, McDonalds, and many others from releasing statements supporting Black Lives Matter and the Floyd demonstrations, although it remains unclear whether they even fundamentally disagree with their radical messages. The breakdown of civic order in cities has earned the approval of almost every functionary of power in the country, as the Biden campaign’s donations to a bail fund prove. Once, left-wing radicals feared that when they looked at the establishment, they were seeing their future. Now, they’re seeing their reflection.

WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT THAT? Democrats: “Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste!”

Democrats seek to tap into fury over George Floyd

House Democrats intend to go big in their coming legislation to tackle systemic racism and patterns of violence against African Americans — a package responding to the killing of an unarmed black man by Minneapolis police exactly two weeks ago. 
The legislation, while centered around criminal justice reform, will seek to address racial disparities well outside the realm of law enforcement, delving into issues as varied as health care, education and environmental justice. 
The strategy advances the notion that the plague of police violence against African Americans — as exposed in graphic fashion with the death of George Floyd last month — is a symptom of problems much more ingrained and ubiquitous than police reform can fix by itself.
As protesters have flooded streets in scores of cities around the country, Democrats see a unique opportunity to confront the systemic racial disparities that pervade virtually every swath of American life.
“We want to see this as a time where we can go forward in a very drastic way — not incrementally, but in an important way to redress those problems,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday. “We’re talking a long way back and a lot of injustice in it all.”
Piloting the effort are the leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), who have been busy conducting tele-conferences and gathering policy recommendations from their Democratic colleagues and outside civil rights figures. 
Some of those voices have suggested an approach that focuses solely on the criminal justice reforms most directly related to the killing of Floyd and several other victims of similar attacks this year — a list that includes Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man killed by white vigilantes while jogging in south Georgia in February, and Breonna Taylor, 26, a medical technician killed by Louisville police during a botched drug raid in March. 
Yet CBC leaders, backed by Pelosi and other members of the party brass, want to tap the current wave of public outrage to move sweeping reforms designed to fight racial injustice at its roots.  
“I’m inclined to push the envelope as far as we can because we have a moment now,” CBC Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) told CBS News last week.  Floyd and the killings of African Americans by police is not the only factor driving the current national unrest.  The coronavirus pandemic and the unemployment it has caused have laid bare what Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) described as the “systemic racial inequities that have festered in our society for years.” 
Black men and boys face the highest risk of being killed by police. Blacks have died from the coronavirus at higher rates than other groups. And the unemployment rate for blacks climbed to its highest level in a decade in May (16.8 percent), even while the joblessness rate for whites fell to 12.4 percent.  Floyd tested positive for COVID-19 after he died, the medical examiner’s autopsy report said, though the disease did not play a role in his death.
The inequities don’t stop there. Blacks are six times more likely to be incarcerated than whites in this country. Only 40 percent of blacks own their homes, compared to 70 percent of whites. And blacks are two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than whites.
The disparity is even more acute when it comes to the health of black Americans, said Uché Blackstock, a New York emergency physician who founded Advancing Health Equity.
“Black men have the shortest life expectancy, black babies the highest infant mortality rate, black women the highest maternal mortality rate, and this trend persists despite socio-economic status and level of formal education,” Blackstock testified before House lawmakers. “Even the chronic stress of living with daily racism results in the weathering effect: the premature physiologic aging of black Americans’ bodies.”
“Living in this country has essentially made black Americans sick,” she said.
The Democrats’ legislative response, to be unveiled Monday, is expected to feature a series of reforms directly highlighted by Floyd’s death. That list includes legislation designed to rein in racial profiling, crack down on police brutality and hold abusive officers to stricter account. 
One proposal, sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), would ban police chokeholds. Another, championed by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), would create a special panel to examine the social status of African American men around the country. A third would create a federal database for tracking law enforcers with abusive records. A fourth would eliminate so-called qualified immunity, which shields officers from liability for certain acts performed in the line of duty. 
All four are expected in the final package, aides said. 
It’s unclear if the CBC package will include long-standing legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), to form a commission to study the idea of giving African Americans reparations for slavery.
But Bass, the CBC leader, predicted that the reparations bill would get a vote in the full House by the end of the year.   “It will be voted on out of committee and on the floor before this session is over,” Bass said on a recent conference call. 
Beyond the criminal justice provisions, Pelosi said the package would also include efforts to iron out the racial disparities related to education, the economy, health care and the environment. All of them, she suggested, are remnants of injustices stretching back to the first slave ship to arrive in the New World 400 years ago. 
“Maybe the sacrifice of George Floyd’s life, sadly, is something that just takes us to a new and better place in how we address all of this,” she said.  
The effort seems unlikely to be embraced by Republicans who have already accused Democrats of overreaching in their response to the coronavirus. But sweeping reforms will act as a marker in an election year when the White House and Senate are both up for grabs. And new cases of police violence — ironically targeting marchers protesting police violence — will put only more pressure on GOP leaders to respond in ways that aren’t just rhetorical. 
Indeed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has already suggested the upper chamber may be forced to adopt some reforms in response to Floyd’s death, and the outcry that’s followed. 
“It’s certainly something that we need to take a look at,” he told reporters in the Capitol.
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), a CBC member and former Orlando police chief who is on Joe Bidens vice presidential short-list, said in an interview with TIME that she wants to see the Justice Department create a new office that would oversee police hiring standards, training and discipline.  “Our job is to make sure that the administration understands the serious need to do these things, and I would certainly hope that the president and his Cabinet and his entire administration are watching what’s happening on the streets and America,” Demings said. 
“America is on fire.”

It is about time, but will they do anything with the depositions or is this just more talk no action!

Russia Hoax: Nearly Three Dozen Subpoenas Approved for Obama Administration Officials

Senate Republicans had a lot of momentum Thursday for their investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. The Senate Homeland Security Committee authorized subpoena requests for “nearly three dozen” Obama administration officials, reports NBC News. In conjunction, the Judiciary Committee is considering more than 50 additional subpoenas; any action is reportedly postponed until next week.
What has been aptly referred to as “unmasking the unmaskers” the Senate Republicans seek to get to the bottom of how Trump campaign and transition officials were “unmasked” such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Additional questions they want answered are why the FISA application process was so deeply misused to spy on the Trump campaign and the FBI and special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
“The conduct we know that occurred during the transition should concern everyone and absolutely warrants further investigation,” said Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI). “There are times when extraordinary situations require action whether or not we all agree” Johnson added.
Democrats clearly have no defense, proven by their pathetic argument that Republicans are motivated by an election year. “I’m disappointed that our committee is once again meeting to discuss a partisan investigation,” said Homeland Security ranking Democrat Gary Peters of Michigan. “I’m concerned about the timing of this investigation that did not become a priority until we entered into an election year.  Peters had the audacity to say he was “concerned about the timing” showing he could not be more of an out of touch hypocrite.
Democratic senator Tom Carper of Delaware refuses to even attend the meetings, saying the committee is “trying to score political points and help a president in an election year.” One just can’t reason with these people. Trying to explain their hypocrisy to them is simply beating a dead horse.  Amongst those the Homeland Security and Judiciary committees are considering issuing subpoenas for include former CIA Director John Brennan, ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama chief of staff Dennis McDonough, former national security adviser Susan Rice and ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.



David Dorn shooting: Arrest,
murder charge announced
in killing of retired
St. Louis police captain

A man has been arrested and faces charges including murder in last week’s shooting death of retired St. Louis police Capt. David Dorn amid riots and looting there, officials announced Sunday.
The arrest was the result of an “extensive homicide investigation” after the June 2 murder of Dorn, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner said in a statement Sunday.
Investigators recovered surveillance footage from the business where the shooting unfolded as well as surrounding businesses in the area, Gardner added.
The suspect, Stephan Cannon, 24, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of armed criminal action, Gardner said.
Stephan Cannon, seen here, has been arrested and charged in the death of David Dorn, a retired St. Louis police officer. 

Stephan Cannon, seen here, has been arrested and charged in the death of David Dorn, a retired St. Louis police officer.  (SLMPD)

Dorn, a retired police captain, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of June 2 while trying to protect his friend’s pawn shop during a night of violent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, his widow said.  Dorn’s last moments were caught on video and apparently posted on Facebook Live, though the video has since been taken down. He was killed by people who had broken into Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, and his body was found on the sidewalk at about 2:30 a.m., investigators said.
His death came on a violent night in St. Louis, where four officers were shot; officers were pelted with rocks and fireworks; and 55 businesses were burglarized or damaged, including a convenience store that burned. Police also shot and gravely injured a burglary suspect who they said shot at officers.  Cities across the U.S. have seen protests and violence since George Floyd died May 25 while in the custody of a white Minneapolis police officer.
Dorn was a friend of the pawn shop’s owner and frequently checked on the business when alarms went off, his wife, St. Louis police Sgt. Ann Marie Dorn, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
David Dorn served nearly 40 years on the St. Louis police force before he retired in October 2007. He then became chief of Moline Acres, a small town in St. Louis County.
Former St. Louis County police Chief Tim Fitch knew Dorn for 30 years and said they became close friends when Dorn and his wife were leading the St. Louis police department’s Explorers program for young people interested in law enforcement careers, while Fitch was leading the county’s program.  “He was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth,” said Fitch, who led the St. Louis County Police Department from 2009 to 2014. “He wanted to see them succeed. He wanted to be a role model for those young men and women to go into law enforcement.”
David Dorn served 38 years on the St. Louis police force before he retired in October 2007.
David Dorn served 38 years on the St. Louis police force before he retired in October 2007. (St Louis Metropolitan Police Department)
Dorn’s personality was “bigger than life,” Fitch said. “He was a fun guy, a happy guy. You never had to wonder what he was thinking when somebody did something incredibly stupid like a crime because he would just say it as he saw it.”  When he took over as chief in Moline Acres, Dorn made it clear that his officers would be held to the strictest of standards, Fitch said.
“He wanted them to do the right thing all the time,” Fitch said.
The Ethical Society of Police, which has represented black officers in St. Louis, commented in a news release that Dorn was “the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to.”
St. Louis police Chief John Hayden called Dorn a “fine captain.”
“Many of us, the other officers, looked up to him,” Hayden added. “Was very well-liked, very pleasant, and his wife still works here. So, a very sad time for our agency. We will honor him.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Tackling the Problem of Over Criminalization 

Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Lurking in the background of the unrest gripping parts of the country this week is an old story that needs to be brought back to the forefront: America has too many laws.
The technical term for this is “over criminalization,” the idea that we’ve made so many things illegal, it’s possible for the average person to violate major federal laws just about every day without even trying.  The rapid expansion of the federal criminal code is a big part of the problem. But state and local governments are no slouches when it comes to over criminalization:
Thousands of statutes, regulations, and local ordinances carry criminal penalties in each state. Arizona has over 4,000 statutory offenses that can result in a criminal conviction. North Carolina has added five sections to its criminal code each year since World War II, and its legislature has added 318 new crimes since 2009 alone. These numbers are compounded by the fact that our state legal systems are a patchwork of laws, where even crimes with the same name require a variety of different statutory elements across state borders.
What happens when so much is made illegal?
The story of fisherman John Yates presents a second concern commonly raised about over criminalization: arbitrary or abusive prosecution. Prosecutors brought charges against Yates and secured a felony conviction for a violation of the “anti-document-shredding” provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. What did Mr. Yates do to deserve time in a federal prison? He threw three of the approximately 3,000 fish he caught that day back into the ocean because he knew they were undersized according to federal regulations, in effect destroying evidence. While the Supreme Court overturned his conviction eight years later, not everyone facing a similar situation has the chance to have the Supreme Court hear their case.
The simple solution to reducing over criminalization is for governments to reform their criminal codes, removing laws that are either outdated, arbitrary, or fail to define criminal intent.  That’s surprisingly hard to do, though some states have succeeded in cleaning up some portions of their codes…with much more left to do.  Tackling over criminalization won’t prevent the scenes unfolding on the streets today. But it will work in the background, curbing the incentive – and the legal basis — to make a criminal out of just about anyone.

This is a struggle between good and evil, and that there no longer exists a middle ground on which the two sides can meet. We are long past that

The Morality of Insurrection

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The Morality of Insurrection

Among the more disturbing images to come out of the recent street violence following the killing of George Floyd are those of police officers and white civilians kneeling “in solidarity” with the protesters.
If any of those Americans, black or white, who are protesting the killing of George Floyd are acting in good faith and not in the furtherance of a Leftist agenda, then they are either uninformed or they are being manipulated. Contrary to the narrative being promoted by the Left, the media, and former president Barack Obama, once the respective rates of violent crimes committed by blacks and whites are taken into account, it is clear that police throughout America simply are not killing disproportionately more black men than white men. In other words, the only reason to take to the streets over the Floyd killing is to exploit it to promote Leftist ends.
You want to burn down buildings? Burn down this f–ing Constitution.”
Before the 1960s, Marxists divided people into capital and labor and posited an unbridgeable gap between the interests of the one and the other. Since then they have divided people into the oppressed (blacks, women, gays, and a host of others) and the oppressors (primarily whites and men), and they have posited the same unbridgeable gap. The viability of the Democratic Party depends on maintaining, and widening, this gap.
This is the context in which the recent George Floyd “protests” need to be understood. According to the Left’s narrative, one echoed today throughout academia and the media, the members of these oppressed groups have been and continue to be the victims of systemic injustice, to such an extent that the legitimacy of the American enterprise itself, including such bedrock elements of that enterprise as individual rights, private property, and capitalism, now stand discredited. So we hear things like this, from former Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star, Leslie Jones, “You want to burn down buildings? Burn down this f–ing Constitution.”
Essential to the Left’s success in fundamentally changing America, and they have been disturbingly successful to date, has been their code of pseudo-morality. (“Pseudo” because it is a morality designed to serve political ends, rather than vice versa.) They care—for the hurt and the lame and the afflicted, but especially for the members of their coalition of the oppressed. Said California Governor Gavin Newsom this week in comments on the death of George Floyd, “We have a country that predominantly values power, dominance and aggression over care, empathy and collaboration.”  In other words, too many of us benighted souls do not yet share the Left’s affinity for “care, empathy and collaboration.”
One of the Left’s most reliable tools is guilt. It is a powerful de-moralizer
It is this solicitude for those in need that affords the Left their overweening sense of moral superiority, and which makes their message so seductive to the naïve and the uncritical among us. It is this which provides them a patina of benevolence, and which entitles them to stigmatize anyone as a “hater” who does not share their self-abnegating brand of compassion. And it is this which entitles them to impose their pseudo-morality on the rest of us, and they do mean to impose it, by force when necessary and with ruthless consistency. Remember transgendered men in women’s locker rooms? Or ask Grant Napear, for the last 30 plus years the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, who lost his job this week for tweeting, “All lives matter.”
One of the Left’s most reliable tools is guilt. It is a powerful de-moralizer, as the kneeling policemen and white civilians attest. By pleading guilty, in effect, to their (imaginary) white racism, and by acknowledging their (imaginary) “white privilege,” the kneelers are sanctioning, wittingly or not, the protesters’ assault on the Constitution, and they are emboldening them and their violent co-conspirators to press ever harder to topple that Constitution.
If there are any doubts about the ultimate, destructive aims of the “protesters,” those doubts are dispelled by the protesters’ explicit desire to “defund” or otherwise disempower the police. The fundamental purpose of government is not to run day-care centers or libraries or to dispense welfare checks. The fundamental purpose of government is to keep the peace; government, in essence, is the police (and the military). There can be only one reason to advocate weakening or disbanding the police, and that is to unleash anarchy.

We are in the midst of a genuine insurrection

In city after city for over a week now we have been witnessing what happens when the police fail to do their jobs. Can any honest, rational person really believe that our cities would be safer if the police were hamstrung further than they already are, or if they were disbanded altogether? The crippling of the police can serve only one purpose, to allow anarchy to rise to such a level as to destabilize the government altogether.
Consider, in this regard, the degree to which Democratic leaders in office have been complicit, either overtly or by default, in the recent mayhem. The top-ranking Democratic leader in the Federal Government, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has not had one critical word to say about the violence that has been tearing our cities apart. And the chief law enforcement officer of the State of Massachusetts, Attorney General Elizabeth Vaughn, has opined “Yes, America is burning, but that’s how forests grow.”
We are in the midst of a genuine insurrection. The mainstream media are openly and unabashedly on the side of the insurrectionists, as are many leaders of the Democratic Party. One of Mr. Trump’s strengths is that he has been steadfastly and unreservedly on the side of the Constitution. To his great credit he has refused to sanction the insurrectionists in any way, not even by crediting them with good intentions, as political correctness would require of him. It is clear that he understands this is a struggle between good and evil, and that there no longer exists a middle ground on which the two sides can meet. We are long past that.

John Nelson - jenkan04@gmail.com
Bob Gilmore
Dick Fankhauser

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