Desecrated statue of Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author who wrote Don Quixote and other works, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
The unjustified and unlawful killing of African-American George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020, ignited a nationwide outbreak of protests against police brutality in scores of American cities that quickly devolved into an orgy of mob violence and anarchy, including random murders, arson, assaults upon innocent bystanders and small business shopkeepers attempting to defend their lives’ work, widespread looting of businesses large and small, widespread destruction of private and public property and constant assaults upon police officers attempting to restore the rule of law.
The event that future historians will cite that served as a tacit message that the rule of law was not going to be “rigorously” enforced; which sparked insurrections in Democratic-controlled cities across the country, was the decision by Democrat Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to not defend, but to surrender the Third Precinct of the Minneapolis police department, which led to its seizure and burning on May 28th. That police station was the home station of Officer Chauvin and the other three police officers charged with George Floyd’s death. Frey stated that he thought the surrender of the precinct would mollify the protesters. It did not, resulting instead in increased tumult and strident demands. Later, when Mayor Frey appeared at an outdoor rally to show support for the protesters, a riot almost developed as he was forced from the stage after expressing skepticism over the demands that the Minneapolis police department be dismantled. “Revolutions always devour their own children.” When Democrat Minneapolis City Council Chairperson Lisa Bender was asked what would a homeowner do when his/her house was being broken into in the middle of the night if the police department was disbanded, she responded with words to effect that such fears come from a place of (white) “privilege” for those of us for whom the system is working. In keeping with the spirit of the times, the city council voted 12-0 to disband the MPD, inspiring home invaders nationwide.
Quickly, the anarchy that engulfed the United States metamorphosized from the looting of wealth and property to the pillaging of the Nation’s heritage, history and even its founding, which was grounded upon the anti-capitalist, Marxist-tinged teaching of U.S. History and sociology in most American universities (and even many high schools) after the seizure of control of these institutions by far-Left professors over the past decades, that preached that the founding of the country was irredeemably tainted by the presence of slavery in the Southern states. Of course, this propaganda masquerading as education, totally ignores the Civil War and the 360,000 Union soldiers that died in freeing the slaves; the Reconstruction-era Amendments to the Constitution; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (only passed through Congress due to support by Republicans); innumerable judicial victories for African-Americans and the tremendous advancements that black Americans have made over the recent decades.
Nevertheless, these ill-educated and propagandized rioters; six of seven being white, took to the inflamed streets, using the death of George Floyd as an opportunistic pretext, seeking to loot and destroy all vestiges of capitalism within reach and ransack America’s “degenerate” heritage, legacy and ancestry. The rampage across America’s cities was provoked and oftentimes directed by the black-clad, “professional” far-Left anarchists of the ANTIFA movement. Those monuments and statues that came into the path of the mob were indiscriminately defaced and toppled, though many individuals so honored in marble or bronze had nothing to do with the Confederacy’s defense of the “peculiar institution” of slavery or of slavery itself, including Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union armies that defeated the Confederacy and freed the slaves, and Norwegian-born abolitionist Christian Heg, who died fighting to end slavery in the Civil War at the Battle of Chickamauga. His statue at the Wisconsin state capitol was toppled, beheaded and then thrown into a lake. In Boston, rioters defaced the 54th Regiment Memorial to black soldiers who died fighting for the Union in the Civil War, immortalized in the movie “Glory”.
Other statues depicted individuals who were not even Americans, the prime example being the curious, passionate vendetta against Christopher Columbus, who has been dead for 514 years! What specific crime did the “Admiral of the Ocean Blue” commit, other than inadvertently discovering the third largest continent, that was mostly inhabited at the time by hunter-gatherer nomads? Almost as curious, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was defaced, a prime champion of non-violent protest, whose life was an inspiration for Dr. Martin Luther King. At Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, a cross-bearing statue of Junipero Serra, the Franciscan monk that established the Catholic missions in California was toppled and a monument to Miguel de Cervantes was defaced, the 14th-century Spanish creator of the modern novel and author of Don Quixote, who did not own slaves but was himself enslaved for five years after being taken prisoner by Ottoman pirates! If the statue was of a white man and looked to be a person of prominence or authority, he must have been a bastard and a slaveholder and must come down!
Further, Shaun King, a civil rights activist allied with Black Lives Matter, has called for the eradication of all images of Jesus Christ as being symbolic of white supremacy!
The ultimate acts of historical cognitive deficit that erupted in this burgeoning American Cultural Revolution occurred in Washington, D.C. The World War II Memorial, honoring all American servicemen and servicewomen killed in the War, black as well as white, was defaced. The statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, directly in front of the White House was attacked and barely saved, for the moment, as the rioters set fire to and defaced St. John’s Episcopal Church, the “church of the presidents”. Briefly, the Park was declared to be the “Black House Autonomous Zone”, with encouragement by D.C.’s Mayor, Democrat Muriel Bowser. Most shocking was the defacing of the Lincoln Memorial and the current threat to topple the Lincoln Emancipation statue, which was funded by donations of freed black slaves and sponsored by the foremost freedman of his time, Frederick Douglass. If the Great Emancipator is not immune to vandalism and removal by the eradicators of U.S. history, nobody is! These acts come directly out of the playbook of the Bolsheviks and Maoists, as true totalitarian radicals aim to “wipe the slate clean” of a society and start anew, including the eradication of a nation’s past history. The calendar starts at Year One with the Revolution!
The controversy over the removal of historical statues of Confederate generals and politicians began with the movement to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, which led to a riot in which a woman was killed. (It was due to this incident that Donald Trump has been so blatantly and repeatedly misquoted, stating that “there were good people on both sides”, referring to the statue issue, not the Klansmen and Neo-Nazis!) While controversial statues of Confederate leaders such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and others invoke passion among many, for being traitors to their country as well as defenders of slavery, now Portland, Oregon has seen the defacement, toppling and burning of the statue of slaveholder George Washington and assaults or threats have been made to monuments of slaveholders Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, etc. There is now talk of renaming cities and streets that honor these historical leaders, including the renaming of Washington, D.C.! No effort is made to put either the lives of these men in the historical context of the era that they lived in, or to separate their good works (the Declaration of Independence; the founding of the country; the formulation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, etc.) from the less savory aspect of their lives. In the true spirit of the Maoist Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, when Chinese society was utterly overturned and millions died, do you feel “struggled against” yet? If not, you may feel it soon, perhaps while living in an “autonomous zone!”
The protests that originally arose from the death of George Floyd were immediately co-opted by Black Lives Matter, which despite its innocuous name, is in actuality a radical Marxist-oriented organization calling for, in the name of “the end of the war on black people”, the redistribution of the wealth and reconstruction of the U.S. economy to collective ownership (Communism); abolition of prosecutors and police in favor of neighborhood “tribunals” and “militias”; reparations for “past and continuing harms”; emptying all prisons of persons of color and divestment of “all” institutions that “criminalize, cage or harm black people” (whatever that means). No wonder millions of dollars have poured into the coffers of Black Lives Matter, offered by major American corporations over the last few weeks as acts of fearful supplication!
Of course, the great irony of the Black Lives Matter movement is that not all black lives matter, but only those deaths of African-Americans killed by white people; preferably white police officers, for which political and social unrest can be triggered and monetary extortion can be applied. The statistics disprove the constantly-trumpeted claim that blacks are being systematically murdered by racist police in the United States. In 2019, police made more than ten million arrests in the U.S. As of the result of these ten million arrests, a total of 1,004 people were fatally shot by the police; most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous, of which 235 were African-Americans. The officers involved in these incidents were both white and black. Of this total of 1,004 fatalities, 28 of those fatally shot by police turned out to be unarmed individuals. Of that total of 28 unarmed individuals, 19 were white and 9 were black, out of over ten million encounters. While these figures do not include deaths as the result of chokeholds, tasers, etc., which will increase the numbers of all fatalities; both black and white, these statistics serve to cast a glaring light to disprove, as false, the claim that blacks are being systematically killed in large numbers by police officers in general, let alone racist white police officers in particular. Left unaddressed by Black Lives Matter are the 7,407 black homicide victims of 2019 killed by other African-Americans. Last weekend in Chicago, 104 black people were shot in the city, of which 14 died, including three-year-old Mekhi James. Did his life matter?
The nationwide insurrection continues on a nightly basis; all in Democratic-controlled cities, with protests, riots, burnings, vandalization of monuments, and attempted ambushes of police, all based on the blatant lie that the largest threat to African-American lives is from racist white police officers. On Wednesday, June 24th, Hank Newsome, the president of Greater New York Black Lives Matter, threatened to “burn down this system” if “the country doesn’t give us what we want”, in an interview with FOX News host Martha MacCallum. “What they want” is the overthrow of the political, legal and economic system of the United States!
Yet, the leaders of the Democratic Party have said little to condemn, or even address, the tumult that has seized the country since the killing of George Floyd and the resulting threats to the stability of the nation. Where are the statements of outrage from Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, etc.? Where are the calls for peace, reconciliation or patience from these leaders? Where are the calls supporting the men and women in blue, who put their lives on the line every day? Are the Democrats so cowed by Black Lives Matter that they fear that any condemnation of the violence will impact the black vote for Joe Biden in November? Or, is there a more sinister, ulterior motive for their silence? The ongoing “autonomous zone” in Seattle, with its far-Left mayor Jennie Durkan, serves as the poster-child of the paralysis that has apparently seized the Democrat leadership of these American cities in turmoil. Or, is their inaction more calculating?
In the never-ending quest to delegitimize or remove Donald Trump, both before his surprise victory in 2016 and after he assumed office, the Democrats for the last three and one-half years have tried unseating the President over allegations of treason through the Russia Probe; via the third Presidential Impeachment in U.S. History over a nebulous telephone call; on claims of campaign finance violations over the Stormy Daniels affair; on an apparent plot to remove Mr. Trump for legal incapacity under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, and through numerous tell-all books, among others; all to no avail. More recently, the Democrats have tried to shift the blame for the deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus and the resultant massive economic collapse from Chinese duplicity and deliberate infection of the rest of the world, to Donald Trump. However, his poll numbers remained steady, until the outbreak of the riots across the country. The magic formula may have finally been found! The Democratic leaders have largely failed to call out the national guard to restore order and all have refused the President’s constant offers to help. In the meantime, Defense Secretary Esper and Chief of Staff General Milley made gratuitous public declarations that they would not support Trump’s order to federalize the national guard or to deploy the regular army to restore order in various cities based on the Insurrection Act, leaving the President with little leverage over the nightly turmoil in Democrat-controlled jurisdictions, other than statements of condemnation and prosecutions for violence committed on federal property and now based on the Monuments Act. Donald Trump is adhering to the structure of Federalism, which to the uninitiated, makes him appear weak. The Democratic leadership knows that and their silence; the Silence of the Wolves, serves as acceptance and even encouragement for the turmoil, making them co-conspirators with the anarchists and Marxists for the ongoing wreckage. The silence of Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, Harris, Clinton and the deliberate inaction of the Democratic governors and mayors to quell the violence and offer support to the police, is proof that the Democrats are willing to have the country torn apart, if only it will cause Donald Trump to be finally removed from office!
Joe Biden, the apparent Democratic candidate for President, is putatively far ahead in the polls at the minute due to the turmoil, despite the fact that he is obviously suffering age-related cognitive deficits. The Democratic Party’s decision to retain Biden as their candidate despite his deteriorating mental condition is the ultimate in cynicism; he will be an empty-suit puppet for the far-Left of the Party that will make all decisions that he will, duty-bound, read off the TelePrompter, until he can no longer even perform that function. But should Joe Biden win in November, will the anarchists and Marxists be mollified by the Democrats’ silence and refusal to help the President during this critical period in the Nation’s history? Or will they up the ante, demanding their share of spoils in the defeat of Donald Trump? What concessions will the radicals demand and what consequences will result if their demands are not met by a Biden Administration? It may be one of the most momentous events of American “history.”
-The Chicago Patriot