Part I of Steve-O-in-NJ’s Comment of the Day is here.
….For the last three months we’ve watched our cities be burned, our public art be torn apart and defaced, and this nation’s ordinary people be terrorized. Homes and businesses have been destroyed, ordinary folks have lost everything they worker for and saved, and, in some cases, whole zones of cities have been turned into new versions of previous “liberation army” states, ruled by warlords, patrolled by armed thugs, and with the ordinary people living there cut off from the outside world and at the mercy of these thugs. Now we are seeing organized destruction (Lafayette Park, Chicago) and organized attacks on law enforcement (Portland). Supposedly this started with demanding justice for George Floyd and protesting racial injustice. Two months after the officers involved were fired and charged, this shows no sign of stopping, or even of slowing down.
Downtown Minneapolis resembles Fallujah in the wake of the final breaking of the Iraqi resistance there, and New York, Chicago, LA, and a slew of lesser cities, none of which had the first thing to do with what happened in Minneapolis, aren’t far behind. Yet we’re still being told these are “peaceful protesters,” and the local and state governments either haven’t lifted a finger to stop this (New York), or have finally taken action, several days late and several dollars short, when the violence has gone too far or come to their doorstep (Atlanta, Seattle). I am not sure whether what was allowed to happen in Seattle was worse, or what’s going on now in Portland is worse, where the local authorities are accusing the Federal authorities, the only ones doing anything about 50 nights of violence, of being the bad guys.
We’ve been bombarded for months now about how sleeping or walking back from a party or carrying a legal weapon shouldn’t be a death sentence. It isn’t as simple as it’s phrased, but none of those things should have happened. However, there are a lot of other things that shouldn’t be death sentences:
– Working in a warehouse (Francis Fazio, Jr., Douglas Scruton,
Edwin Kennison, William Ackerman, Bryan Cirigliano, Craig
Pepin, Louis Felder, Victor James)
– Going to worship (Joyce Fienberg, Jerry Rabinowitz, Daniel
Stein, Richard Gottfried, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal,
Melvin Wax, Rose Mallinger, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon,
– Presiding over Mass (Fr. Jacques Hamel)
– Being on vacation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of your
graduation (Diego Angelini, Ariel Erlij, Hernan Ferruchi, Hernan
Mendoza, Alejandro Pagrucco)
– Cheering on your boyfriend in a marathon (Krystle Campbell)
– Dancing at a nightclub (Pulse)
– Just doing your job (9/11)
– Driving near a barrier (Antonio Mays, Jr.)
– Riding in a car (Secoriea Turner)
I can think of a few more for those whose job it is to keep others safe or to help them that still shouldn’t be a death sentence:
– Fighting a fire (Michael Chiaperini, Thomas Kaczowska)
– Evicting someone who simply refused to pay the rent (Thomas
– Conducting a routine traffic stop (Philip Lamonaco)
– Keeping other citizens safe while they protest (Lorne Ahrens,
Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, Patricio
– Wearing a military charity sweatshirt (Lee Rigby)
– Working in a motor pool on a military base (Carson Holmquist,
Randall Smith, Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, David Wyatt)
– Sitting in your car eating (Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu)
– Working on your laptop in a coffee shop (Mark Renninger,
Michael Owens, Tina Griswold, Greg Richards)
– Defending a pawn shop from a riot (David Dorn)
All those folks died because someone felt strongly about something and decided he was going to use violence to make his point. They either got in the way or were deliberately marked for violence because of who or what they were. Some got justice, some didn’t, some never may. Most of the time the authorities at least tried. Now they are not only not trying, they are actively trying to keep others from trying.
That says one thing to ordinary people who are not involved in these ongoing riots – it says “we don’t have your back, and we are not interested in having your back.” As far as the local and state governments at issue here – almost exclusively Democrats – are concerned, the ordinary people: the shopkeepers, homeowners, parents, and others who form the backbone of society, don’t count. They are supposed to be obedient sheep, who don’t defend themselves, their property, or the things dear to them. They are also supposed to be easily thrown as sacrificial lambs to the activists and rabble-rousers who form the real constituency of most of the Democratic party. Ordinary people say “protect us,” but the government says “it’s just a peaceful protest.” Ordinary people say “send the police,” but the government says “no, we’re defunding the police.” Ordinary people say “don’t let the monument be destroyed.” The government says “we want it gone anyway, this is just them doing it for us without a hearing.” Ordinary people say “we’ll defend ourselves,” but the government says “you do and you’ll be the ones who go to jail.” Ordinary people say “we’ll look to the Federal government,” but the government says “they need to keep their heavy hands out of here.”
So, what’s a poor ordinary person who just wants to work, live, and keep his family safe to do?
Apparently if you live in one of these cities or states, just keep your head down, cross your fingers, keep silent, and avoid attracting the mob’s attention. If you attract it, then you’re on your own. The government won’t intervene to keep you safe. If the mob beats you, the police will not come to stop them. If your property is torched, the firemen will not come to save it. Maybe the EMTs will come to take you to the hospital. Maybe not.
If you live in one of these states, but not in a major city, the mob might not come for you, but the state will. The state is going to abolish the suburbs and stuff everyplace with low-income housing, so you’ll lose what voice you have. The same party these people who want to turn you into just a cog in the machine come from wants to pack the courts and the Senate, so you will lose your voice in Washington also.
This is the party that says vote for them – they’re better than Trump. I leave it to you to decide if that’s the case.