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The President is going to get 80 million votes in this election. This seismic wave of votes will break all records. In 2016, he won 2626 counties out of 3113. This time it will be more. For a variety of reasons millions of votes are shifting quietly but definitely from D to R. 2020 has been a year like no other: during a failed partisan impeachment, Communist China attacked the US with its Wuhan flu which killed more than 200,000 nation-wide.
The D party had a series of primaries, while in blue states there were lockdowns, widespread riots and looting, murders of policemen, burning of police departments and downtown areas, and a continuing non-stop torrent of falsehoods from the mainstream media.
Violence and looting appeared to be organized from coast to coast. Riots and protests broke out in over 140 U.S. cities after the death of the criminal G. Floyd in Minneapolis in May. The anti-American media immediately launched the false 24/7 narrative of police brutality. Later a more complex truth emerged. Floyd, who had spent four years in prison in Texas, had a long criminal record including drug possession, aggravated robbery, and theft. A store owner, an immigrant from Israel, called police when the drunken Floyd tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill at the cashier.
In June in Seattle Washington – a prosperous hi-tech center – leftist mobs, supported by the mayor and the city council, took over a portion of the city and called it CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone). Soon the name was changed to CHOP – Capitol Hill Occupied Protest. In these terrible circumstances, Seattle is no longer the Emerald City it once was. CHOP ended in mayhem and murder when two teenagers were killed by gunshots. Others were shot as well during what Seattle Mayor J. Durkan called a “summer of love.”
The pleasant city of Portland, 175 miles south of there, was also taken over nightly by far-left violent groups. Both cities had ineffectual but inexperienced hard-core D leadership. The mayor of Portland, for example, is a very educated man named T. Wheeler. He has a BS in economics from Stanford, an MBA from Columbia, and a master's in public policy from Harvard. At all of these famous schools, he apparently learned little of practical use. In the multiple crises this year, he made wrong decisions at every opportunity and his city is still charred and smoking today. In the “City of Roses,” no roses remain.
Even the calm well-mannered city of Louisville, best known for its Kentucky Derby, has been disturbed by a series of riots by the BLM and its nefarious supporters in September. The violent protests included the shooting of two policemen.
Across the nation, 220 officers died in the line of duty so far in 2020, up 10% over the same period last year. Injuries in the line of duty so far this year also are much higher than in 2019. In the first ten days of mass unrest over G. Floyd’s death, about 700 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have sustained injuries in clashes with demonstrators, according to Justice Department data. Of these, about 300 were from the NYPD.
During violent protests in Washington, DC, another 60 Secret Service agents and 40 US Park Police were also injured — and 22 of those officers hospitalized with serious injuries, Attorney General William Barr told reporters last week.
Various press reports have circulated about the bizarre organizations Black Lives Matter and Antifa, which are behind the violence this summer. Their sources of funding remain nebulous but appear to be connected to the D party, Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley millionaires, and former Nazi G. Soros. BLM Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors admitted in 2015 that BLM is a Marxist organization. "Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers," she said. "We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.”
Co-founder Alicia Garza said in 2019 that her other group, Supermajority, intends to "train and mobilize two million women across America to become organizers, activists, and leaders ahead of the 2020 election." According to the New York Post, Cullors "was the protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground domestic terror organization, and spent years absorbing the Marxist-Leninist ideology that shaped her worldview."
The Stanford Daily reported that the Hoover Institution invited Senator T. Cotton (R-Arkansas) for a virtual policy webinar in August to discuss current American challenges in a time of pandemic and protest. Cotton, who is vocal about his opposition to the BLM movement, called some BLM protestors “rioters” and “looters.” He argued that by allowing these protests during COVID-19 restrictions, state and local governments are “turning their backs on the lives and property of their citizens.” “The majority that may be silent right now are going to speak out in November if some of these mayors and governors don’t restore order to their streets,” he noted.
Antifa is a different group with ties to the extreme left-wing in Germany and other countries in Europe. John Miller, the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism at the New York Police Department, warned this year that a small, fringe network of extremists organized violence in New York City. “Before the protests began, organizers of certain anarchist groups set out to raise bail money and people who would be responsible to be raising bail money, they set out to recruit medics and medical teams with gear to deploy in anticipation of violent interactions with police,” he said, based on intelligence collected by New York’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. “They prepared to commit property damage and directed people who were following them that this should be done selectively and only in wealthier areas or at high-end stores run by corporate entities.”
In New York City looters tore off the plywood that covered Macy’s iconic store, smashed windows, and stole whatever items they could grab before police chased them away. Others ransacked a nearby Nike store after shattering windows and walking off with armloads of athletic shirts, jeans, jackets, and sweatpants. In other cities — from Raleigh NC to San Francisco — Antifa groups and individuals burned cars, attacked police officers, and looted businesses. They were joined by convicted criminals newly-released from jails under various blue state “amnesty” programs.
Media coverage shows Antifa, BLM, and other associated groups to be made up principally of young white people. They wear masks and black outfits and in many cases are armed with frozen water bottles, rocks, bricks, machetes and hatchets, Molotov cocktail bombs, spike strips, and other weapons. In many cases, these items are hidden in advance of riots. Sometimes trucks make just-in-time deliveries to violent protesters and looters.
Interviews with these criminals seem to indicate that they are college-educated urban and suburban youth. The leftist Marxist culture at many US high schools and most US universities have been well-documented. Often the violent groups are joined and led by professional hard-core organizers with experience in street fighting. For more than 100 years, Bolsheviks have used the tactic of burning and attacking police stations. It was one of the main ways they weakened and then took over Russia in 1917.
High-level officials fingered Antifa as the main culprit. On May 31, President Trump tweeted that he intended to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. Attorney General William Barr similarly remarked that “the violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting are domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
In Seattle in late August rioters attacked police stations. They used quick setting concrete trying to seal the doors at the East Precinct, but it didn't work and officers were able to get out. “That’s not a protest, that’s not a demonstration that’s a directed attack against the police,” said Sgt. Randy Huserik with the Seattle Police Department. “Last night was, was clearly a coordinated attack against three Seattle Police facilities.”
Police in Portland used tear gas the same week to scatter demonstrators who marched on a precinct station in another night of violence — hurling rocks, bottles, commercial-grade fireworks at officers, and setting fires in the streets. Twenty-three people were arrested, police said in a statement. The city has suffered more than 100 nights in a row of disturbances, riots, and attacks on police and businesses.
Even the small town of Kenosha Wisconsin on Lake Michigan has not escaped the waves of organized violence this year. Rioters blocked traffic. They stole gasoline from a nearby gas station to start fires that took out numerous small businesses, car lots, an apartment building, and a Family Dollar store. Other businesses that were not burned down nonetheless were looted and had their windows and doors smashed.
“It is a war zone, and no one wants to live in a war zone. No one wants their children and grandchildren to live in a war zone. No one wants to own and run a business in a war zone,” the Detroit Free Press wrote in September. “People want safety, security and to know elected officials have their backs.”
Wisconsin Congressman Bryan Steil, who represents Kenosha, was on-site immediately. “Who is going to step up? Just broadly speaking, people want to see public safety restored to the city of Kenosha," Steil said in an interview. "I don't think they care if a Republican does it, a Democrat does it if the man in the moon does it. They just want to see it done. They want to see leadership. They are looking to see who is rising to the occasion.”
"I called the president, and he graciously gave me time to discuss what was playing out in Kenosha, and at my request, he called the governor and offered additional resources," explained Steil. Democratic Governor Tony Evers "rejected that offer," Steil said. The next night, two people were shot and killed in the continuing mayhem. After that, the governor accepted Federal help. Wisconsin Senator Johnson told the press: "Kenosha is the place that President Donald Trump delivered that type of leadership to the humanity to restore public safety now — not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Now."
This year China attacked the US from outside and the organized left attacked the US from inside. There is nothing peaceful about injuring and attacking police officers and looting whole commercial districts from coast to coast. The response will be enormous.
Millions of Americans will vote for law and order. Mr. and Mrs. America do not want riots and burning. They want safe streets in every county and every city. They want more funding for police not less. They want little Johnny and Jane back in school. They want their aging parents to be able safely to walk to the local grocery store or restaurant without fear. They want crime and violence to stop spiking.
Thus will we the people bring an end to this Annus Horribilis 2020. On a gargantuan scale, Americans will vote for peace, for law and order, for calm and domestic tranquility. These truths are self-evident: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness again are on the rise and…“to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…” Amen.
By Paul McCabe
Nov 2, 2020