You might have heard about that statement released by former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis, accusing President Trump of making a “mockery” of the Constitution, of being the first President in his lifetime who tries to divide the people (say, didn’t he work under Obama?) and of threatening a military assault against peaceful protesters who are simply seeking justice. He adds, almost as an aside, that “we must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers.”
Actually, Trump has made it crystal clear that he agrees with the prosecution of the officers responsible for the death of George Floyd (he put the FBI on the case), and he supports the First Amendment rights of peaceful protesters. That alleged “small number of lawbreakers” are hardly a footnote, they’re the entire problem. The threat to use the military was made because they are wreaking havoc on our cities by burning, looting and rioting. If this were simply a peaceful protest, or if the mayors and Governors of those areas weren’t proving incapable of or unwilling to stop the violence, there would be no need for threat of federal intervention. And far from being unprecedented and unconstitutional, Trump’s threat is perfectly legal under the Insurrection Act, which has been invoked over a dozen times by previous Presidents, most recently to end the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.
So in short, Mattis’ claims are divorced from reality and make no sense. Trump is threatening to use a power used by other Presidents before him to end violence and rioting, not to launch a D-Day type assault on peaceful protesters. As RedState.com puts it succinctly, Gen. Mattis’ statement, with all due respect, is “just nuts.”
But click the link to read more because they go into some much-needed background details that might help explain why he released it. They also note that if Mattis is so opposed to dividing the American people, then why did he say nothing about the incredibly divisive Russian collusion hoax for three years, even though he had knowledge about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn that could have stopped it before it got started.
VIOLENT PROTESTS CONTINUE
The violent protests continue to rage. In Brooklyn, some cops were on anti-riot patrol when a man casually walked up to them, pulled out a knife and stabbed one officer in the neck. Fortunately, he missed the artery and the officer will survive. The assailant was shot multiple times after shooting two other officers in the hand, reportedly with a gun he grabbed off a cop.
One unusual twist is that the violence and protests have actually united all sides in one area of agreement: that New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio should resign immediately. Black Lives Matter demanded he resign for defending the police after a police van that was surrounded and under attack drove through the crowd, while more conservative voices want him to resign for his failure to control the violence and lawlessness, coming on the heels of his coronavirus policies. A petition to impeach him that’s been around for 10 months just gained 25,000 signatures overnight.
The most shocking thing to me is that it took this long. DeBlasio inherited a revitalized city from Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg and promptly started taking right back into the blight it suffered under his mentor, David Dinkins. His campaign should sell blue caps reading “MIBA: “Make It Blighted Again.” He’s living proof of the power of the Democratic Party machine to scare away challengers, and that Nancy Pelosi was right when she said that in some places, a glass of water could get elected if it had a (D) after its name. At 6-foot-4, he’s a tall drink of water, so he fits that description perfectly.
Finally, it’s possible the name Manuel “Manny” Ellis may become the next George Floyd. This has been under the radar because there was no viral video and it's not clear what actually happened. But it’s not likely to stay out of the news for long. This is the kind of case I was writing about, with ambiguous evidence that calls for calm, deliberate investigation and the public reserving judgement until all the facts are in, if such things are still possible. Let’s all pray it doesn’t pour more gasoline on the fire.
I’ve written before about the tactic of far-left groups, many backed by George Soros, to target low-turnout primary elections in one-party areas where people don’t vote because they assume the incumbent is safe or it just doesn’t matter. This is how they get far-leftists like AOC elected. They’ve particularly focused on D.A. races, since voters pay little attention to those. Getting a far-left D.A. into office helps to achieve their idea of “justice reform” by simply refusing to prosecute criminals. For instance, declaring that the poor need things, so they shouldn’t be prosecuted for shoplifting less than, say, $500 worth of merchandise a day. Or that they don’t have cash for bail, so they should be let out on their own recognizance, to commit another crime, get arrested, get released, lather-rinse-repeat ad infinitum.
And now, it’s been reported that Saint Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner (who was backed by a Soros-funded PAC) released all 36 rioters and looters who were arrested, and they’re already back on the streets.
If nothing else, I hope this teaches voters that there is no such thing anymore as an insignificant election that it’s safe to ignore. In every election, you need to study the candidates, then show up and vote as if your life depends on it, because it very well could.
This sounds like one of those “feel good” laws that was passed by people who weren’t thinking so good. In Florida, there’s a law banning the sale of guns and ammunition during a declared state of emergency due to riot or civil unrest. Citizens are also banned from carrying a gun or ammo while in public during such times.
If you don’t think too deeply about this, it kind of makes sense. You don’t want rioters having easy access to weapons, right? Or hotheads committing violence. But hold on: the rioters are already rioting and committing violence. They’re throwing bricks and setting fires and looting. The people who need guns are law-abiding citizens trying to protect themselves from rioters and criminals. At the precise moment when they most need self-defense, this law prevents them from obtaining it or carrying it in public.
This should serve as a warning to law-abiding citizens to prepare in advance for times when they might need to defend their homes and families. I’ve heard that a lot of gun-hating liberals in riot-torn blue cities are trying to buy guns to protect their families, homes and businesses and discovering to their panic that gun stores are sold-out, closed or there’s that pesky waiting period that they demanded. Now they know how a woman who’s had her life threatened by a violent ex-boyfriend feels when she's told she has to wait a week or so to buy a gun.
The really dumb part of this law is that if it’s meant to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, any who want them probably already obtained them before they started robbing and looting. At least, they’d better have, because if they think they’re going to get them by looting a gun store, that might also be an example of not thinking so good.
PROJECT VERITAS ANTIFA EXPOSE
There's a chilling new expose video from Project Veritas, for those who insist that Antifa is imaginary or benign, and not actual cancer on America.
It’s a former Antifa member, describing the group’s tactics and goals, how they maintain secrecy, and how they train members to commit acts of violence and get away with it. And anyone who thinks that they can’t be branded a domestic terrorist group (even though one of their goals is to silence opposition by terrorizing people) because they’re not a centralized organization is living in a fool’s paradise.