For the last few weeks, I have been quiet. This silence has extended to generally ignoring television broadcasts and mass media for awhile. There have been personal affairs which have occupied my attention, but no more. The Baltimore riots have finally succeeded in penetrating that self-imposed veil.
A Liberal acquaintance of mine accidentally hit upon a fundamental truth. He linked to this little gem from Salon: Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy. Now, before you think that I’ve gone off my rocker and moved over to the Progressive side, consider that I am not commenting on the morality or rightness involved in the act. Francis has completely demolished any pretense of morality or uprightness on the part of the protesters, or their political masters. He has done a more thorough job of denouncing that than I can do.
No, what I’m saying is that this is a carefully calculated political act of violence on the part of the Left. There is another word that meets the definition of “political act of violence,” and that is WAR.
Salon’s Leftist writers have inadvertently revealed the truth: America is at war with itself. The Civil War has already begun, but like the quiet lull after the first shots across Fort Sumter, this is only the opening act, and many people on both sides still cling to the delusional notion that things can go back to the way they were, that peaceful compromise is still possible. This woman, admirably berating her foolish son out in the open for participating in the riots, might think so. But individuals like her are few and far between in the current unpleasantness.
Salon quotes thusly:
“Militance is about direct action which defends our communities from violence. It is about responses which meet the political goals of our communities in the moment, and deal with the repercussions as they come. It is about saying no, firmly drawing and holding boundaries, demanding the return of stolen resources. And from Queer Liberation and Black Power to centuries-old movements for Native sovereignty and anti-colonialism, it is how virtually all of our oppressed movements were sparked, and has arguably gained us the only real political victories we’ve had under the rule of empire.”
Nevermind the stupidity of attacking your own community, then believing that you can push the blame onto another ethnic or political group. Instead, read between the lines. This is a declaration of war, and the media is publishing it. This is an attempt by mass media to clearly take a side in the coming conflict, and declare themselves immune from harm. Whether or not that will work for them remains to be seen (I have my doubts). The Salon article closes with this:
Black power, Queer power, power to Baltimore, and to all oppressed people who know what time it is.
They “know what time it is.” The question is, do you? The first shots of our second Civil War are being fired right now. As Francis tells us:
No one actually seems happy in this national marriage. It’s time to admit this and separate. If such a schism could be achieved peacefully, it would be best for all concerned. There’s just one little problem: the political elite would not sit still for it.
No, they won’t sit still and watch their powers wane. Up until recently, the Left has been unwilling to commit to direct, large-scale action openly in America. Consider that they have done nothing to stop this violence. On the contrary, they seem to be encouraging it. If they are taking off the gloves, it is because they believe they can win. They are coming out into the open because they believe it is safe to do so, just as the rioters believe nothing will stop them from looting, burning, and attacking. It’s up to us to prove them wrong.