Poll: Huge Number of Americans Concerned About the Violence, Who They Blame Is Not Good for Biden
By Nick Arama | July 31, 2020
(redstate.com) – A new poll out indicates that this showing is not good news for Democrats and Joe Biden. The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll contacted 1,932 registered voters on July 21-23.
According to the poll, 77% are concerned about rising crime. In poll numbers, that’s an astronomical percentage…
Now, normally one would think that an increase in crime would be bad for the incumbent, Donald Trump.
But the poll also indicates that Americans are hip to what’s been going on…
Americans are seeing Democrats not condemning the violence and kowtowing to the protesters, allowing this all to fester and get worse. The only party condemning it, the Republicans. The person doing something to try to stop it? Donald Trump.
People see radical leftists calling for these radical changes and they don’t like it, they’re rightly concerned.
I’ve seen it myself anecdotally with friends and family members saying they now intend to vote for President Trump because of all this.
They get it.
Elon Musk summed it up.
Vandalism Is Violence: Destructive Riots Are Not ‘Just Property Damage’
Property rights are human rights, and we discard them at our own peril.
By Brad Polumbo | July 30, 2020
(fee.org) – Chaos is consuming Portland, Oregon.
Local police declared a riot on Saturday evening after rioters once again tried to burn down a federal courthouse and launched mortars and fireworks at police officers, several of whom sustained injuries. Similarly destructive unrest has unfolded each night in the city for weeks now, with rampant vandalism, arson, graffiti, and more becoming commonplace as protests over the death of George Floyd morphed into riots over President Trump’s controversial decision to send federal officers to Portland.
Yet Portland is by no means the only city gripped by unrest and violence…
Riots have also rocked cities such as Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington. In Seattle over the weekend rioters reportedly set fires, vandalized businesses, smashed car windows, and assaulted a court building. NPR reports that 21 police officers were injured while trying to contain the chaos.
And this is just the most recent wave. In May and early June, rioting broke out in cities from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Dallas, Texas.
We’re witnessing a breakdown in the rule of law. In many cases, city officials have enabled or encouraged rioting while law enforcement stands down and allows wanton property destruction. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler even joined rioters and participated in the same demonstrations that were spiraling out of control…
Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin encouraged and lauded the self-described anarchists who declared an “autonomous zone” in the middle of the city. The mayor called the no-go zone a “block party” amid a “summer of love” despite rampant destruction and seizure of property. Only after weeks of skyrocketing crime rates and multiple shootings (including one that killed a teenager) did she finally order law enforcement to clear the city’s insurrectionists.
And in many of the other protests-turned-riots around the country, law enforcement stood down and watched as private property was destroyed and their city was rocked by rioters.
So how can anyone justify this madness?
Well, many left-wing journalists, activists, and commentators who are politically sympathetic to the rioters have argued that rampant destruction isn’t really a problem, because it’s “just” destruction of property, not violence against people.
One person who makes this argument is Oakland-based “racial justice organizer” Cat Brooks, who was interviewed by the New York Times.
“I don’t consider property destruction violence,” Brooks said in defense of the rioting and vandalism in her city. “Violence is when you attack a person or another living, breathing creature on this planet. Windows don’t cry and they can’t die.”…
In reality, destruction of property does real harm to innocent people. And if allowed to continue, the collapse of rule of law that started with property destruction begets a cycle of lawlessness that will inevitably descend into bloodshed. Indeed, it has already. As famed Austrian economist Ludwig Von Mises put it, “It is in the nature of every application of violence that it tends toward a transgression of the limit within which it is tolerated and viewed as legitimate.”…
Not convinced yet? Just consider the sad news reports detailing how police officers found the remains of a burned body in a Minneapolis pawnshop that was torched during riots as demonstrators cheered. Vandals may have thought what they were doing was “just property damage”—in reality, it was murder.
Sadly, this isn’t a one-off example. During the riots in the wake of Floyd’s death, at least 15 people were killed. How? What started as merely “broken windows” and “torched cars” escalated into mass violence that left police officers, private security guards, and peaceful protesters dead…
It’s simply impossible to keep a collapse of the rule of law constrained to “just property damage.” Moreover, it is deeply immoral and intellectually bankrupt to suggest that property destruction does not constitute “harm done to people.” Vandalism is also itself a violent act that violates human rights.
And remember, it wasn’t just big corporations or CEOs whose properties were destroyed in these riots. Many of the post-Floyd riots destroyed minority-owned small businesses…
It’s just not working, Dems.
Seattle Mayor Again Blames Trump After Rioters Blew Open a Police Station Using a Van Full of Explosives
BY TYLER O’NEIL | JUL 30, 2020
(pjmedia.com) – Days after antifa rioters terrorized Seattle, driving a van full of weapons and explosives with the mob in order to set fires and attempt to blow up police departments, Mayor Jenny Durkan focused her attention squarely on President Donald Trump, accusing him of running a “dress rehearsal for martial law.” She claimed that Trump’s efforts to bolster local law enforcement to combat a rising tide of crime and violence have “decreased public safety.” In a press conference addressing the antifa riots, Durkan claimed “the president wants” the violence.
The riots on Saturday followed a protest in support of the antifa rioters in Portland, who have attempted to burn down the federal courthouse and Justice Center in nearly two straight months of violent riots. Seattle rioters used a van packed with fireworks, smoke bombs, stun guns, bear and pepper spray, gas masks, and more. At one point, rioters set off an explosive that blew an 8-inch hole through a wall of the Police Department’s East Precinct, the Seattle Times reported. Rioters injured 59 police officers.
Durkan focused her ire on Trump…
Civil Rights Vet Warns Against BLM Riots: ‘Their Target Isn’t Injustice in America, It’s America Itself’
BY TYLER O’NEIL | JUL 30, 2020
(pjmedia.com) – After the horrific police killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter protests devolved into riots across the country and the divisive anti-American narrative of The New York Times‘ “1619 Project” gained more traction (Oprah Winfrey recently announced she would team up with the Times to bring the project to the silver screen). Robert L. Woodson Sr., a veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement, condemned both the riots and the 1619 Project. He has fought to empower the black community for decades, and he told PJ Media that the riots and the 1619 Project actually harm the cause of helping inner-city blacks.
“Low-income blacks are the collateral damage” of the riots, Woodson told PJ Media. “It’s really damaging. Many of the businesses that are being torched are black-owned businesses. In my own neighborhood of Philadelphia, they burned down a grocery store that employed ex-offenders and a center that treated dialysis patients.
“I don’t know what this has to do with social justice,” he quipped.
Indeed, the riots have destroyed black lives, black livelihoods, and black monuments. At least 22 Americans have died in the riots, most of them black.
Woodson, who founded the Woodson Center in 1981 in order to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities, chastised the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted that the 1960s civil rights movement never worked hand-in-glove with violent rioters.
“We were very careful to have standards as to who was able to claim participation. There were standards of character and standards of behavior,” Woodson said. “To be in the company of people who are burning buildings makes them complicit in what they’re doing. They’re no longer peaceful protesters.”
He condemned other civil rights veterans as “complicit” with the riots “because they’re not speaking out” against them. Woodson lamented the fact that most black leaders did not speak out against the vandalism of statues, even when vandals targeted the monument to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (the first black Union volunteers in the Civil War) and the statue of former slave and magnificent orator Frederick Douglass. “There was no outcry,” he lamented.
Of the rioters, Woodson insisted, “Their target isn’t injustice in America, it’s America itself. They have stopped all pretense of being interested in social justice for blacks. They’re after civil society itself.”…