They happened over a week ago, but those riots in San Jose deserve a bit of a mention because they remind us of something that cannot be repeated enough.
Namely, that the Democrat party in America at present is such a morally bankrupt, indecent, and malevolent entity that the country we used to be would have put it out of business.
The mayor of San Jose is a Democrat. Sam Liccardo, who prior to last week was known mostly for the fact that he’s in his mid-40s and white and actually got elected to something as a Democrat, gave us a great example of how atrocious his party actually is.
Donald Trump may have his problems, and Trump’s supporters may have theirs, but Trump held a rally in Liccardo’s city — as is his right as a presidential candidate — and Liccardo’s police department provided grotesquely inadequate security given the relatively open effort by political activists sharing his party denomination to fill the streets outside the Trump rally venue with violent thugs.
This was anything but an unknown. Craigslist was full of advertisements looking for protesters willing to disrupt Trump’s rally in San Jose, and it’s hard to believe Liccardo’s police department wasn’t aware of what was coming. And it isn’t like Liccardo, and the rest of the Democrat establishment, don’t know about the effort to disrupt Trump rallies nationwide.
The result, you saw. It was one of the most shameful displays of American political violence in the last century. One could argue that some of the Trump rally-goers goaded the mob a bit, but none of that should excuse the eggings, the beatings, the smashing of car windows and the attempts at intimidation that followed. Three teenage punks were even arrested a few days later for assault with a deadly weapon. The security on San Jose’s streets to protect the simple right of peaceable assembly proved totally, and predictably, inadequate.
And after his city streets devolved into Weimar Germany, Liccardo had this to say.
“San Jose police officers performed admirably and professionally to contain acts of violence and protect individuals’ rights to assemble, protest and express their political views,” was the mayor’s written statement. “While it’s a sad statement about our political discourse that Mr. Trump has focused on stirring antagonism instead of offering real solutions to our nation’s challenges, there is absolutely no place for violence against people who are simply exercising their rights to participate in the political process.”
That was his second attempt at a narrative. Here was his first: “at some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for his irresponsible behavior.”
Really? You’re the mayor. Your police chief admitted his security was inadequate, and you blame the victim. Don’t you think you ought to shut up about responsibility?
And by the way, it sure is a nice touch that the police chief, who turned into Mr. Softee about law and order just around the time Trump showed up, is connected to La Raza.
You would think these people, given their known connections and affiliations, would make it a point of personal emphasis to insure that Trump’s rally came off without a hitch. After all, Liccardo is as slavish a Hillary Clinton supporter as there is, and publicly so. (Talk about a lack of emphasis on law and order, right?) Instead, what you get is the attitude that because they don’t like Trump it’s really not such a big deal if people do get brutalized.
But Liccardo looks downright responsible compared to the digital stormtroopers in the media who followed behind his whiskey-and-car-keys discourse. Take someone named Jesse Benn, who was given a platform at the Huffington Post to launch into a defense of the rioters…
Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change (*note the irony of that hyperlink going to a Vox article). It’s not liberal politicians or masses that historians identify as the spark underlying the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. Nor was it a think piece from some smarmy liberal writer. It was the people who took to the streets during the Stonewall Uprising. It was the Watts Rebellion, not the Watts Battle of Ideas, that exposed the enduring systemic neglect, poverty, inequality, and racism faced by that community. Similarly, it was the LA Uprising, not the LA Protests, that led to significant changes in the Los Angeles Police Department. More recently, the Ferguson and Baltimore Uprisings both helped prompt the Justice Department to investigate their corrupt police forces. And since we’re talking about fascism, it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t the election of a moderate centrist (hello, Hillary) or a sanguine protest that stopped its ascent in Europe. It was, primarily, the Russian military, and to a lesser extent the US military; neither of which practiced nonviolence if memory serves.
Benn’s piece lamented the suspension of another leftist scribbler and wannabe brownshirt, Everett Remsin of Vox, who tweeted “Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.”
Here’s a bit of advice for Remsin, and Liccardo for that matter: watch out what you wish for. You might find a few takers to bust up a rally here and there, but the vitriol and anger you think you’re entitled to is nothing compared to what you’re stoking in the people your paid thugs are brutalizing at those rallies. And if you keep it up, while deluding yourself that your rent-a-riots are justified, those people are going to respond.
And when they do, it won’t just be San Jose that looks like Weimar Germany. It’ll be the whole country. And it’ll be your fault.
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