A Doom and Reprisal editorial from Ford Wenty, Ale 81 Inn field correspondent
These are indeed troubled times in which we live. Regardless of which side of the political divide one finds themselves this is a statement upon which we may find a consensus. Depending upon which side of that divide one may find themselves this conclusion is reached for differing reasons. Under current circumstances it would be to the benefit of all concerned if we were to unite upon those reasons which we find in common. There is no doubt that such commonality exists, yet still it seems to elude us. That leaves us with this question: why?
The images of Mr. Floyd are disturbing. They are disturbing not because they show a white cop shoving the face of a black man into the pavement. They are disturbing because this image is emblematic of the state of affairs nationwide. What I see is an American citizen being crushed beneath the boot of unrestrained and thuggish application of police powers. The motto of “protect and serve” has long been replaced by “intimidate and extort”. The politicization of police powers and the militarization of police forces has grown unchecked for the past thirty years. This is an unpopular position to take, but I will say it anyway: many of our so called “peace officers” are little more than hired thugs. I know many will disagree, as is their prerogative, but I will stand by this statement nonetheless.
There is an order that has reigned in this nation for a very long time. It is a corrupt house of cards that is doomed to fall; indeed, it is beginning to crumble before our very eyes. Those who sit upon these cardboard thrones know it and are scrambling desperately to preserve their advantage. One need only listen to which side the jackals in our media are cheering for to know that this is true.
Do not make the mistake of concluding that I am cheering for the looters in Minneapolis, because I am not. They are not protestors. They are looters, opportunists of the ugliest kind. They are spreading far and wide beyond Minnesota while the usual network talking heads cheer them on and lecture us about racial injustice. These are people who are very concerned about injustice, provided it is the right kind of injustice: one which fits their stale and dishonest narrative. From the images streamed to us from Minneapolis, LA, and most recently Columbus, I am left with only one question. Are these looters wearing masks to protect against the virus, or to hide their faces? You form your own conclusions. I have already reached mine.
How is looting the Target store, or burning down an auto parts store, or torching cars in the street (cars which one must assume are owned by someone) a form of protest? Who do these acts benefit? The looters? The property owners? No and no. The only people who benefit from these acts are the race baiters and poverty pimps who preserve their own power and influence by continually stoking this racial division. These people don’t wear masks, except when it suits them. You can see their ugly, lying, bare faces on your television screens every day.
The powers granted through legislative subterfuge, or as is often the case simply seized outright, are no longer legitimate. It is time for consent to be revoked. If only a segment of what constitutes no more than fifteen percent of a population can turn out and behave like this, and the “authorities” are content to sit on the sidelines and wring their hands, what should they do if all of us say enough? What will they do if all of us show up in the streets, with no masks, no social distancing, and assert our constitutional rights? Not to loot or burn, just to show up in numbers and shout with one loud voice: ENOUGH. We don’t trust you, you got it wrong, now be big enough to say so and crawl back to your lairs. We are taking back our lives. We would discover very quickly whether or not these authorities are truly interested in our safety, or if they are only the same brand of opportunists as the looters.
Ford Wenty report end, 5/29/2020