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HAWORTH: Riots: The Democrats’ Strategy of Extortion
A firefighter watches as a business destroyed by a fire is demolished after protesters set fires to business during overnight riots on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Demonstrators are protesting the police shooting of JacobBlake, who was shot in the back multiple times by police officers responding to a domestic dispute call Sunday. Photo by Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images
Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, violence has reigned. For months, cities have fallen victim to waves of clashes between rioters and police, the looting of businesses, government property, and homes, and physical damage to those who fall foul of the raging mob.

Rather than tensions being “released” — based on the obscene assumption that giving people “space to riot” is a short-term method for handling unrest tensions are rising day by day. Last night, after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House, Senator Rand Paul and his wife were intimidated, threatened, and physically assaulted by “protestors.”

This shocking incident occurred on the same Washington D.C. streets where a guillotine was constructed to stage a mock assassination of Donald Trump.

Much has been said of the Democrats’ role in the violence gripping our streets. Most of us are aware of the recent history of figures in the Democratic Party flirting with the notion of violence with careful inflammatory language. For example, in 2018, Maxine Waters  who is no stranger to violence in our city streets — encouraged supporters to harass Trump administration officials, saying “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them.”

While such incendiary language is nothing new, a morally significant line has now been crossed by both the Democrats and their mainstream media stooges. We no longer live in a partly imaginary world of inflammatory language and political hyperbole, but in a brutal reality of constant violence in our streets. The mainstream media have crossed a line by consistently denying that the violence is even occurring, providing us with the overnight clichés “mostly peaceful protests” and “otherwise unarmed.” The Democrats have crossed a line by justifying the riots as an “understandable” reaction to “justified” anger, or even refusing to acknowledge that violence has any impact on their own constituents. If “silence is violence” as they repeatedly claim, then surely some Democrats are the most violent among us?

The fundamental problem at the heart of this chaotic crisis has two elements. The first is the shameless and blatant dismissal of journalistic and ethical integrity in favor of furthering a political narrative. The Democrats and the mainstream media show no concern for the importance of the concept of evidence, and instead judge every instant in real-time based solely on the skin color of those involved. After Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Left required no further information beyond the fact that he is black and the man who shot him was a white police officer before they assigned ultimate innocence to Blake and ultimate guilt to the police officer, and therefore, the law enforcement community in general. Details like Blake’s open arrest warrant, that he allegedly resisted arrest, and that he was shot as he reached inside his car where a knife was found are irrelevant if all you care about is skin color.

The mainstream media have sacrificed the patient and time-consuming quest for truth, instead favoring the instant gratification of political profit, leaving the Democrats free to lie with impunity. As a result, Kenosha now lies in ashes as insignificant collateral damage in the “battle for justice.”

The second element is that the Left views anarchist violence in the streets as a unique opportunity they hope to wield to their advantage. Much like the “ring of power” in “The Lord of the Rings,” they believe that, unlike their predecessors, they will be able to harness the power of the mob a mob they themselves fear. Much like the businesses who place “Black Lives Matter” signs on their now broken windows in hope that they will be spared, politicians like Kamala Harris and Joe Biden see the violent mobs from beyond their barbed wire fences and security details as both a danger and an opportunity. The fact that violent revolution will consume them too is a long-term concern which is irrelevant in their short-term yearning for power at any cost.

Ultimately, this combination of violence and deceit proves the moral depravity at the heart of the Leftist platform in the United States to be one of extortion. Joe Biden has called the violence in our streets a symptom of “Donald Trump’s America,” and Democrats routinely state that the only solution to this violence is to elect Democrats into further power.

To defeat this notion, we must notice the Left’s reliable pattern. When Black Lives Matter riots engulfed cities like Ferguson under the watch of the Obama administration, the White House wasn’t to blame. It was “systemic racism,” for which the solution was further Democratic Party rule. When riots engulf cities today — cities run by Democrats for decades — it is now the fault of the White House, for which the solution is the return of Democratic Party rule.

For the Left, the Democratic Party is the solution to all of our problems, even those they themselves cause. The implicit (and sometimes explicit) threat is that if you don’t vote for Democrats, the violence will continue. Effectively, your ballot is a paper envelope stuffed with cash, handed over with the hope that it will temporarily prevent your neighborhood gangster from breaking your legs.

These particular gangsters come to collect every four years.

More from Ian Haworth: The Hidden Difference Between Absentee And Universal Mail-In Voting

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