Videos of rioters pulling down statues and occupying American cities are bewildering. Why are these people allowed to do this?
We already know the answer: politics. Urban America is largely run by liberals who have no idea how to stop the anarchists. A shocking amount of lawlessness is taking place where weak politicians are too spineless to stop it.
The justification for this anarchy is that rioters are simply demanding an end to police brutality and systemic racism, proper demands for any society. But here are a few of the statues that have been attacked:
Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and a black civil war regiment (freed the slaves, defeated the Confederacy), Winston Churchill and the World War II Memorial (saved the world from the Nazis), Matthias Baldwin and John Greenlead Whittier (abolitionists).
And that’s not to mention attacks on George Washington, Francis Scott Key, Theodore Roosevelt and other pillars of American history.
This vandalism isn’t an attack on racism, but rather on America itself. And it is being done by people who believe America and the ideals on which it is built are fundamentally evil and should be destroyed.
Put the shoe on the other foot: Imagine a group of red MAGA hat wearers vandalizing public property. Imagine they took over six blocks of an American city (as has happened in Seattle), including a police precinct, refusing to allow cops to investigate a murder inside their “autonomous zone?”
Every liberal talking head would be apoplectic, demanding a complete and total shutdown of all Trump supporters until we can figure out what the hell is going on here, to borrow a phrase.
Instead, today’s rioters, vandals, and, yes, thugs, continue night after night, probing the boundaries of American culture and Western civilization, wondering what else their mob can destroy with impunity, as the American left looks the other way.
The rampant mayhem is but the latest American upheaval, coming on the heels of the COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent disruption to our economy. There’s a craving for leadership that can return some semblance of normalcy to our lives, where people can go to work and take their kids to school without driving past burning buildings or having a brick tossed through their windshield.
This presidential election may turn on which candidate can deliver light at the end of this long, strange and dark tunnel. Who can Make America Normal Again?
Flowing underneath this question is a powerful undercurrent — the idea that there are different rules for different people. Trump exploited this theme successfully in 2016, arguing that political elites get away with stuff that would get anyone else punished.
It seems to me that today’s demonstrations are based on a similar imbalance — one set of rules for white people, and a different set for black people when it comes to interactions with the police, which is, in many circumstances, objectively true. Trump should appeal to the peaceful protesters the way he did to the electorate at large in 2016: No matter anyone’s station in life, we should all be treated equally under the law.
Joe Biden and his party are too weak to stop these mobs, Trump could argue, which effectively creates a different set of rules for the anarchists.
“Where does this leave everyone else?” Trump might ask of the people who follow every rule, pay every tax, show up for work (when allowed), and center their lives on being good citizens. They watch their nation burn while violent agitators face virtually no repercussions for breaking society’s rules and laws.
Most Americans believe in ending racism and police brutality, they just don’t believe rioting and anarchy are ways to achieve that goal. A righteous cause has been hijacked by lawless anti-American elements, and people can see it with their own eyes.
The miracle of our country is that when we want to change things, we do it with ballots. This generation cannot be the first to succumb to mob rule. Most Americans are fundamentally good and believe in our democracy, but the rioters destroying our cities clearly aren’t and don’t.
Trump is undoubtedly down in his campaign right now. But there are more than four months left before Election Day, a long time for left-wing anarchists to continue to dominate the landscape, for America’s feckless, liberal politicians to encourage them, and for Trump to cut through the politically correct clutter and rally those who find the restoration of order and the ending of police brutality and racism to be wholly compatible.
Scott Jennings is a Republican adviser, CNN and Courier-Journal political contributor, and partner at RunSwitch Public Relations. He is a 1996 graduate of Dawson Springs High School.