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” Primarily serene.”
So goes the characterization of demonstrations that have actually consistently developed into robbery and rioting for months on end, from Portland to Seattle to New York to Los Angeles. “Protesters in California set fire to a court house, harmed a police station and assaulted officers after a serene demonstration intensified,” checked out one recent ABC News tweet. CNN called protests in Portland “mainly peaceful,” adding that “they have at times devolved into violence, vandalism, and arson.” During riots in Los Angeles in June, as the whole county locked down, the Los Angeles Times kept in mind, “The third night of countywide curfews followed days of massive, mostly peaceful demonstrations … Almost 1,200 individuals were jailed Sunday after police officers clashed with demonstrators and looters shattered windows and emptied shops in Santa Monica and Long Beach.”
The phrase “mostly tranquil,” then, is rather fungible. Think about that throughout the tea party demonstrations of 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden apparently compared tea partiers to “terrorists”– and those demonstrations were noteworthy mainly for individuals cleaning up their own litter. When anti-lockdown protesters descended on the Michigan state capitol, a columnist for The New york city Times labeled them “armed rebels,” in spite of a total lack of violence. When 3 white supremacists were apprehended for outlining violence at a pro-gun rally, GQ’s Talia Lavin headlined, “That Pro-Gun Rally in Virginia Wasn’t Precisely ‘Tranquil'”– although the rally saw no violence.
In reality, the category of “mostly serene” is a new invention implied to obscure the basic reality that many of our cultural elites are fine with violence so long as those who engage in such violence have the correct objectives.
Our journey back to the 1960 s is almost total. A lot of Americans have actually rejected some of the essential lessons of that time– that a breakdown in order costs lives, that political change does not need violence– in favor of a newfound sense of function. These Americans will pat the violent lead of transformation on the head, material that they will not pay the cost, all the while keeping that those who crave law and order represent regressive autocracy. Thus, Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle recently notified MSNBC that federal police trying to stop damage of federal residential or commercial property in Portland really represented a “dry run for martial law.”
With Democrats and those in the media prepared to run cover for violent leftists, the thin veneer of civilization disintegrates. When violence is excused as speech and speech by the opposition labeled violence, democracies die.
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