Anti-war-protest emblem of the Vietnam Era.
Back in the Vietnam War era, many idealistic friends were touched by an anti-war poster–a sunflower emblem that framed what became, for a time, a well-known “peace movement” slogan:
“War is not healthy for children and other living things.”
Now, with the many anti-Trump demonstrations morphing into riots in our cities —with arson, property damage and looting in places like Portland OR, Oakland CA, and Indianapolis—I think we should update that slogan:
“Riots are not healthy for children and other living things.”
What’s A Riot To Do With?
To people of common sense, a political demonstration might make all the sense in the world.
It is a time-honored way to oppose wrong policies and to produce a flesh-and-blood show of the strength of support for what you believe.
But people of common sense see riots as just plain “senseless.”
Opening up a store windows with bricks and looting?
Setting dumpsters on fire?
Beating people up?
Yelling “Kill the Cops?”
Menacing residential streets with loaded guns?
Luring out a host of misguided students to use as riot fodder?
Risking setting fire to entire neighborhoods?
You’ve got to admit — rioting is risky for “children and other living things” in those cities.
A man tries to remove “Kill Trump” graffiti as demonstrators riot in Oakland, California, U.S. following the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States November 9, 2016. (REUTERS/Noah Berger)
There is a discerning fellow who for years has been writing under the name of “Sundance” in an online blog called The Conservative Treehouse.
Over time, I have come to consider his “take” on unfolding events very seriously.
Two days after the Tuesday election, on Thursday, November 10, Sundance wrote about the Trump-Obama White House meeting that day.
He looked past the famous handshake and zeroed in on the big-city demonstrations and riots which had begun on the previous Wednesday and have continued since.
“That raises the question ‘why organize the protests’? The answer therein outlines how severely the Obama and Clinton groups estimate the risk. They are trying to save themselves through a process of applying leverage against the risk that Donald Trump represents.
In essence Obama/Clinton agents are undermining Trump’s possible action against them by creating a narrative where the best play for President Trump is to allow the usurping agents to creep away, albeit with suitcases of cash, quietly into the night; and avoid sunlight upon their prior unlawful activity.
The meeting today between the victor Donald Trump and the defeated Barack Obama is essentially a meeting to discuss the terms of surrender. President Obama is seeking safe passage and amnesty for prior usurpation.
In the meeting today President Obama, and by extension Hillary Clinton, are requesting safe passage using the leverage of they’ll burn down the nation if not provided – hence the protests needed last night.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Sundance anticipated last Thursday that we would see one of two paths coming out of the Obama Administration’s brinkmanship:
- “If the ridiculous election protests continue again tonight, then President Obama has not called them off. That means he and Clinton received no substantive assurances, and are worried about being held to account – prosecuted and investigated.
- If the ridiculous election protest do not happen again tonight, then President Obama has called them off. That means he and Clinton feel more comfortable they will not be held to account – prosecuted and investigated.”
The demonstrations and riots, of course, have continued.
John Perazzo writing in Front Page Magazine reflects:
“From reading the various mainstream media accounts of these events, one comes away with the distinct impression that they are grassroots actions that began organically among ordinary, concerned, well-meaning citizens.
But alas, if one were to think that, one would be wrong.”
Front Page Magazine, founded by the venerable leftist-turned-conservative David Horowitz, includes a vast accumulation of research on how the Political Left (both individuals and organizations) have operated over by now several generations.
Horowitz calls this invaluable resource “Discover the Networks (DTN)”
Perazzo draws on DTN to sketch a kind of wiring diagram of the organizational spark plugs that “orchestrated” today’s anti-Trump riots—
“Contrary to media misrepresentations, many of the supposedly spontaneous, organic, anti-Trump protests we have witnessed in cities from coast to coast were in fact carefully planned and orchestrated, in advance, by a pro-Communist organization called the ANSWER Coalition, which draws its name from the acronym for ‘Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.’
ANSWER was established in 2001 by Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, a group staffed in large part by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party. In 2002, the libertarian author Stephen Suleyman Schwartz described ANSWER as an “ultra-Stalinist network” whose members served as ‘active propaganda agents for Serbia, Iraq, and North Korea, as well as Cuba, countries they repeatedly visit and acclaim.’
Since its inception, ANSWER has consistently depicted the United States as a racist, sexist, imperialistic, militaristic nation guilty of unspeakable crimes against humanity—in other words, a wellspring of pure evil.
When ANSWER became a leading organizer of the massive post-9/11 demonstrations against the Patriot Act and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, it formed alliances with other likeminded entities such as Not In Our Name (a project of the Revolutionary Communist Party) and United For Peace and Justice (a pro-Castro group devoted to smearing America as a cesspool of bigotry and oppression).”
Perazzo sums up–
“In short, the anti-Trump protests that are currently making headlines are 100% contrived, fake, phony exhibitions of street theater, orchestrated entirely by radicals and revolutionaries whose chief objective is to push America ever farther to the political left. Moreover, they seek to utterly demoralize conservatives into believing that public opposition to their own (conservative) political and social values is growing more powerful, more passionate, and more widespread with each passing day.”
So there you have it on riots as continuing and dangerous gaslighting* theater of our politics today.
We will see how the demonstrations and riots** play out at the Inauguration… and then throughout the Trump Administration.
It’s going to be a very long war to restore our Republic.
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