The Real World Reasserts Itself


Since the death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a cop in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, the nation has been instructed by its cultural elites that this is the daily reality that a racist America has too long ignored.

Our nation, it was shouted in our faces, is a place where white cops harass, brutalize, assault and kill Black Americans regularly and with impunity.

“Defund the police!” the Black Lives Matter demand went out, to be echoed and re-echoed by BLM’s amen corner of progressive elites.

The pendulum may be swinging back, for this weekend reintroduced us to the old familiar world.

In Washington, D.C., about midnight Saturday, at a block party in the Southeast sector of the city, three shooters fired 100 rounds, wounded 20, killed a teenager and left a female police officer in critical condition.

It appears to have been an attempted massacre, a slaughter.
“More than 115 people have been slain in the District this year, a 17 percent increase over this time in 2019, which ended the year with a decade high,” reports The Washington Post.

D.C.’s numbers, however, pale by comparison to Chicago, where this weekend recorded 32 more people shot, with three dead.

According to the Sun-Times, there were 106 homicides in the city in July, a single-month body count almost equal to the toll D.C. has piled up in all of the first seven months of 2020.

 

A disproportionate number of the dead and wounded are Black Americans, and a disproportionate number of the shooters and killers are Black men.

If black lives matter, where is Black Lives Matter?

Rarely in these stories of shootings and killings does one read that the dead were the victims of rogue cops or white supremacists.

Indeed, the front page of Monday's New York Times gave voice to the city's Black and Hispanic leaders who are objecting to a proposed $1 billion cut in the police budget. The people in high-crime precincts, for whom these leaders speak, want more, not fewer, cops on the beat.

Even Portland, Oregon, which has been indulging nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd, seems to be awakening to the real world.

When the Department of Homeland Security pulled its agents out of Portland and handed the defense of the Mark Hatfield federal courthouse to the state police, the "peaceful protesters" shifted their attention to the city's buildings and Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct.

With police personnel corralled inside, the East Precinct was barricaded with cars and wooden planks, and an attempt was made to set it afire by throwing flaming objects into the building.

Mugged by reality, Mayor Ted Wheeler seems to have belatedly awakened to the character of the protesters he has been coddling:

"When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people whom you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder."

Equally problematic: "You will be creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during his campaign."

Portland police union president Daryl Turner was enraged at what he had seen. "I am disgusted that our City has come to this," said Turner. "If it is acceptable for rioters to... try and burn down occupied buildings, and if this conduct is allowed to continue, then Portland is lost."

Wheeler, having gotten the message the rioters have been trying to deliver, finally ordered his city's police to do "what is necessary" to quell the rioting, even if it means using tear gas.

What has happened in Portland, and across much of America, was predictable, and predicted.

First, the progressives tolerate and even celebrate civil disobedience, because the cause is just and noble. Then, to hold onto public attention, the protesters march and block traffic. Next comes the cursing of cops, the throwing of trash, water bottles and rocks. Then there's the smashing of store windows, looting and arson, and Molotov cocktails. Finally, there's instigating violence with cops to get footage of police fighting back so the law enforcement officers can be painted by the progressive press as stormtroopers and the Gestapo.

In Portland, we reached the point where "peaceful protesters" tried to set a building ablaze with cops barricaded inside.

This, as the mayor said, is attempted murder.

Today, people watch their leaders in city after city fail to keep the peace and restore order as protesters riot at will, and they make plans to move out. In the suburbs and country, they quietly observe the inability of cops to quell the violence, and they buy guns.

While the right backs Trump's stand for law and order, the ultimate battle here may be between liberal Democrats elected to, and failing to, run the cities, and the radical left and Marxists who welcome their failure as they intend to kick the liberals down the stairs.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever."

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12 thoughts on “The Real World Reasserts Itself”

  1. Well that sounds like ATTEMPTED MURDER of a POLICE OFFICER , and not just in Portland , but in Chicago and NYC and Seattle. So I,d say these rioters, are at the point they are , shoot on sight, blm and antifa, and I’d say many are out of towners, and Sponsored by SOROS. And charge soros with Attempted murder and treason and inciting a riot.

  2. `A very fine article, very well-put.

    For one, I put no credence in Mayor Wheeler’s order to the police to “do what’s necessary.” I think it’s a trap, to portray them as a “gestapo” as they attempt to protect people and property. I suspect Mr. Wheeler is himself a member of Antifa, and that his actions in supposed defense of his city have a measured tactical outcome.This is a very misled man, supporting a very evil cause.

  3. IT’S TIME TO REMOVE THE SAND FROM THE SAND BOX IF THE KIDDIES WON;T PLAY NICE! THESE INSURRECTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATIONS FOR AN INSTANT BUT INSTANTLY BECAME RIOTS! THIS USED TO BE A COUNTRY OF LAW AND ORDER. IT SHOULD BE AGAIN. IF RIOTERS DO DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, JAIL THEM AND MAKE THEM PAY RESTITUTION. IF THEY CAN’T PAY INCREASE THE JAIL TIME. MAKE THEM PAY WITH ANYTHING THEY POSSESS! IF THEY OWN PROPERTY, CEASE IT, VEHICLES, CEASE THEM, IF THEY OWN A TV, CEASE IT. THAT MAY SEAM HARSH, BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS, THEY ARE ANARCHISTS, INTENT ON THE OVER THROW OF OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAWS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE! IF THESE MEASURES FAIL, SHOOT THEM, SHOOT THEM DEAD! THIS IS AN ACTION IN WHICH THE RIOTERS PLAY TO WIN, AT THE EXPENSE OF BUSINESS OWNERS AND LAW ABIDING RESIDENTS! WE, THE PEOPLE, MUST WIN THIS WAR AT ANY COST!

  4. Once I read the article I am so grateful our city so far hasn’t been subject to these criminals and their lawless looting,burning of police cars,buildings etc.The police may be a dollar short and a day too late for Portland and other cities infected by this vermin

  5. Democrats the cancer upon America!
    When the media is controlled by one party, state or country what countries are you in?
    China
    Russia
    North Korea
    Iran
    Not anymore since democrats own and control most of the media , tech media, Hollywood it’s here in America where tyrannical censorship and media without news only lies with narratives promoting communist agendas and suppression of freedom of speech contrary to the democrats agendas ie: the ongoing democrats coup against Americas current President!
    For the past 12 years now democrats have governed none and destroyed all democrat states with socialist failed leadership!
    Name one republican run state currently burning down cities , looting and murdering police officers and innocent children calling it a blm movement demanding equal treatment to the black race! You can’t because only democrat states are idiots enough to destroy themselves to make other races stop being prejudice to a race that continues to prove themselves only equal to murderers , arsonists, fatherless children, malcontents to lazy to work and obviously to stupid to be trained! All other races view blacks just that not because of the color of their skin but solely by their inhuman actions!
    Blacks and now all democrats have rejuvenated prejudice to a whole new level never seen in America before!
    I for one was not prejudice until now! But that being said I will always view blacks and democrats to only being equal to the sweat that drips from the devils balls as he commits perhaps the worst sin of all being a pedofile! Just look at the democrats president and Vice President picks to run!
    Biden in his basement sniffing young girls hair while waiting for a young girls clothing store to open because he read in the paper they were advertising dresses half off!
    And this kamilla hooker who went the other way and slept her way up the Sodom and Gomorrah political ladder by banging really old politicians! They are certainly a pair!
    Of what only America will decide in November!

  6. Ted Wheeler looks and acts like the looney father on “Family Ties”. And he apparently believes his constituents want him to behave this way. Where has the nation gone, when white coeds march with BLM terrorists and scream about the single even of the death of one black criminal at the hands of police.
    Where do they come off not seeing the violence of the very people they support? This is from God. HE has given them over to faulty thinking and they allow themselves to be brain washed by the media, INCLUDING FOX LOCAL NEWS.
    Folks, we are at END TIMES. One chance remained. II Chronicles 7:14. Repent and turn back to God. And THIS prophesy is for Christians. Yes, they need to repent for being LAODICEA

  7. Once the henchmen have secured the revolution for the Marxists they go to receive their reward from the Trotskys and Leninists of the new order. Of course the Marxists use the Bolsheviks and later the Cheka to maintain order the way they did in Russia, they execute the anarchists, and dissidents. The Kronstadt Sailors were murdered to the tune of over a thousand and the Small independent farmers who didn’t agree with the 5 year plan of Stalin were murdered to the tune of over 12 million! If you think the Marxists here won’t do that you are mistaken. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”! Voltaire was the author of that quote if I remember correctly —

  8. Liberalism is rife with repressive, oppressive and regressive behaviors. The evidence is clear. Liberalism does not work, will not work and has never worked.

    Socialism is not very social. Indeed we see historically it has extremely bloody hands- to the tune of over 100 million people killed in the name of “cleansing” of corruption. In reality the only corruption is the lies spoken and spread by the socialist/communist minded, repressive, oppressive regressive liberals who were and are part and parcel to the Democrat party in the US.

    Americans, you nation is at great risk as the lies and false promises of socialism/communism are being taught at universities across our nation, funded by YOUR tax dollars. Wondering why your kids are rioting? Why they are suddenly against everything legal lawful against the truth of history and insist on rewriting it? Turning over the responsibility of rearing our children to a government agency is problematic, we see the fruits of it today.

    Destruction of America is coming from within, not outside forces. Wake p before it is too late!! Your freedoms- the right to worship God as you believe Scripture says, right to protect yourself against tyranny and evil by bearing arms is at stake, your right to be a self-governed people, under God is under attack. Stand up, be counted and fight for our historical founding values which served so well, for our roots, our Judeo-Christian beginnings on which our laws are based. Stand or loose the nation.

  9. Enough. Occurred months ago. In Augusta Ga in 1970 a riot broke out and the police response was immediate and effective. Six or seven rioting looting assholes paid the price dead. Riot/looting – over.

    The rest of their community got the message. Too bad the pussified leaders of Portland have left this going v

  10. In a time of universal deceit speaking the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

    The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those that speak it. George Orwell

    And now the Speaker of the House. Nancy “Demigod” Pelosi has labels ALL Trump supporters as, “Enemies of the State,” I believe says it all. Vote your conscious come November….vote for Freedom! Vote for Liberty! Vote for the Rule of Law! But, above all else, VOTE!

    God bless America and our valiant troops!

  11. The press is responsible for most of the mayhem in our cities. I kept track of the number of times I saw the Rodney King incident on tv, 71 times. The press rarely releases the criminal history of the “victims” of Police conduct.
    This country hates authority and will muck it up when possible. How do we have 150,000 deaths from medical
    malfeasance often caused by poor sanitary proceedures, per year. Does that cause riots, prison sentences, loss of licenses, looting, burning, and shooting? Why?
    The poor Cop has seconds to decide and take action, often in darkness with a suspect who looks like a gangster. If the cop makes a mistake, he may go to prison, face financial ruin, be done with his profession, and his photo is often released with his name, endangering his family. Then the phone calls start, the vandalism and his safety awarness has to go sky high because of a mistake. If the “victim” is black, oh my! Is the cop more cautious around blacks ,yes. Is he a racist, or is he just aware of statistics. If anything, blacks should to be more careful around blacks. Maybe it will lower the weekend murders of blacks in Chicago, Detroit, and D.C. , well maybe. I’m fed up with the press blaming and formenting racism on the breaking thin blue line. Officers it maybe time to pull the pin.

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