Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “Single Mother Owned, Please Show Mercy, This Is All I Have”

 

After struggling for days with (mostly very distressing, and, as much as I hate to admit it, downright at times depressing) ideas of how to write about the monstrosity which has descended upon us in the form of “mostly peaceful” riots in numerous cities with untold loss of life and property, deliberate murders like those of retired Police Capt. David Dorn in St. Louis, injuries all across the Nation we love and revere, my search ended when I saw this heart-rending sign in a shop– begging for mercy. Begging! Figuratively on her knees pleading to the animals of lawlessness to please, please, please let her continue to make a living and provide for her children. Please!

I had originally started to write something based on Paul Harvey’s famous broadcast in 1965, entitled “If I Were The Devil”, bringing it up to date to show how what we are seeing in the last week is as pure an example of the work of Lucifer as any of us will ever see but decided, after seeing this image (which I believe, based on what research I was able to find, was of a shop in Santa Monica) nothing could more graphically illustrate the work of the Prince of Hatred than this pathetic sign.

If I were the devil, I would make American citizens beg for their very livelihoods, just like this single mom had to do to try to keep the maundering herds away from her shop.

I have tried, through most of my life, to always get right up after being knocked down, but the images of the last few days have really put that trait to the acid test– the out of control, wanton, despicable destruction by mobs of animals (yes, I know, there’s that word again), the unbelievable failure of those in positions of “leadership” to do anything about the mobs and in some cases to even abet their behavior, the pure hatred for us and for our President coming from so many quarters, such as a Bishop of my Church implying that the President of the United States needed her permission to stand in front of one of the most cherished Churches in America, the abject and truly pitiful scene of our hero, Drew Brees, as fine and generous a human being as ever existed, having to figuratively “kneel” and beg forgiveness for insisting that he will always stand for the flag and the National Anthem, the scenes of citizens sobbing on camera in front of their burned out and destroyed homes and shops.

And, through all of this, I’m expected to still respect the mainstream media and continue to refer to them with the formerly honorable appellation “journalists” as they continue to insist that this is all due to the horrible and, it must be said if one still has a morsel of conviction of the importance of due process of law in America, allegedly, but not proven, inexcusable death of George Floyd which may be, but is not as of this day, proven to be murder and that the torching of private property is not “violence.”

There are times when I wonder if the white-hot hatred we see every day is not going to finally result in the total immolation of the Greatest Nation on Earth, and everything it stands for. The past week has been one of those times.

I pray to God that He will show us the way from this path of suicide to which we seem to be committed over the last decades and I know that He will, in His mercy, help us see our way back to what He guided the Founding Fathers to build. But, at times like this, that dream seems to be getting farther and farther away.

Dear Lord, Grant Us Thy Peace.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Jim George: But, at times like this, that dream seems to be getting farther and farther away. 

    Well I know it.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 12:29 PM PDT
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  2. Hoyacon Member

    I doubt we’ll be seeing that window “virtue-signaled” as an avatar on Facebook, Instagram, etc.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 12:47 PM PDT
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor

    How does one survive one’s heart breaking, over and over again? That’s how I feel as I watch the desolation. And I guess the answer is, one day at a time.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  4. Front Seat Cat Member

    @jimgeorge Thank you for your outstanding post! You were prompted by the Spirit (of Hope, Truth and Victory) to post your heart, and you came through. “Job well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25: 23. (funny how @susanquinn and I always seem to follow each other on post comments – she before me of course!).

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    • June 5, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  5. Jim George Member
    Jim George

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    @jimgeorge Thank you for your outstanding post! You were prompted by the Spirit (of Hope, Truth and Victory) to post your heart, and you came through. “Job well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25: 23. (funny how @susanquinn and I always seem to follow each other on post comments – she before me of course!).

    Thank you so very much! As someone who spent 5 1/2 decades as a Trial Lawyer, I’m sure you can understand it’s not often (more like never) that I have had someone quote Scripture about anything I have written, spoken or done! Thanks again! And, as a bonus, I just found out from your bio that you’re practically a neighbor, as we are in Gulf Breeze. And if that were not enough, that picture of your cat could easily be a picture of Miz Judi’s cat–The Real King of the house! I really did wrestle with this and finally just decided I would forgo all the research I usually like to do and just sit down and say what I was actually feeling, or at least a small part of it. Sincerely, Jim.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 3:15 PM PDT
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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    @jimgeorge Thank you for your outstanding post! You were prompted by the Spirit (of Hope, Truth and Victory) to post your heart, and you came through. “Job well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25: 23. (funny how @susanquinn and I always seem to follow each other on post comments – she before me of course!).

    Great minds think alike! 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 3:48 PM PDT
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  7. Jim George Member
    Jim George

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    @jimgeorge Thank you for your outstanding post! You were prompted by the Spirit (of Hope, Truth and Victory) to post your heart, and you came through. “Job well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25: 23. (funny how @susanquinn and I always seem to follow each other on post comments – she before me of course!).

    Great minds think alike!

    We are all so blessed to be in the company of such intellects, always (well, at least, almost always, to be completely accurate) open to honest and open and reasonable debate, so, yes, there are many great minds in this “neighborhood” and you two are way up high on that list! 

    Sincerely, Jim. 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 4:04 PM PDT
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  8. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    I wonder if these riots will be enough to tilt the electorate away from the Democrats, who enable and then allow such lawlessness. They sometimes even seem to cheer, until they see the rioters heading for their gated communities.

    I am not optimistic. This country has adapted itself to so much immorality and madness, over my lifetime. I would have thought that people would have figured it out long ago, but they never seem to. Instead, actually, conservatives seem to make peace with our decline and degradation.

    Here’s an example. This sign presumes sympathy for a single mother. Think about what that sign actually means. “Go loot and destroy the shop next door, which is owned by married people.”

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    • June 5, 2020, at 7:46 PM PDT
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  9. Jim George Member
    Jim George

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    figured it out long ago, but they never seem to. Instead, actually, conservatives seem to make peace with our decline and degradation

    As one of the last true Democrats of the traditional mold, Sen. Moynihan, put it: “defining deviancy down.” We are living that phenomenon in these dangerous times. 

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    • June 5, 2020, at 8:17 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    How does one survive one’s heart breaking, over and over again? That’s how I feel as I watch the desolation. And I guess the answer is, one day at a time.

    Some seem to do it by insisting that it’s all Trump’s fault and that electing a Democrat will fix it.

    It’s cray-cray.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 9:23 PM PDT
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  11. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Ted Rall of all people posted this image on his website, a reminder of the halcyon days of the early 1990s —

    That was also the time period where the popular vehicle accessory was the car stereo with the detachable faceplate, based on the idea that if you took the faceplate with you when you left your vehicle each night, burglars would be less likely to break your window and just steal the body of the stereo.

    Anyone under roughly the age of 45 has no idea what this is all about, because they’ve never had to deal with smash-and-grab situations on a widespread basis. But that’s where we’re headed back to, where the signs on the store window are simply the for-now limited canary in the coal mine for a return to the widespread type of smash-and-grab violence that created the need for detachable faceplates, and made roll-down metal doors across the front of glass store windows mandatory in all big cities for the better part of a quarter-century.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 10:44 AM PDT
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  12. Charlotte Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Here’s an example. This sign presumes sympathy for a single mother. Think about what that sign actually means. “Go loot and destroy the shop next door, which is owned by married people.”

    I agree with this. The sign is sad in that it’s depressing that this is the world we’re living in, but the idea that some property is more loot/damage-worthy than others makes my skin crawl.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  13. kedavis Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Here’s an example. This sign presumes sympathy for a single mother. Think about what that sign actually means. “Go loot and destroy the shop next door, which is owned by married people.”

    I agree with this. The sign is sad in that it’s depressing that this is the world we’re living in, but the idea that some property is more loot/damage-worthy than others makes my skin crawl.

    It’s why the whole “social justice” thing is total crap from top to bottom.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 11:27 AM PDT
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  14. Terry Mott Member

    What’s the likelihood that this single mother is a reliable Democrat voter? 90%? 95%?

    What’s the likelihood that she will put two and two together and re-think her voting preference? 5%? 10%?

    Call me heartless, but those were my first thoughts on seeing that storefront.

    You can’t fix stupid.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  15. Weeping Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Think about what that sign actually means. “Go loot and destroy the shop next door, which is owned by married people.”

    I don’t think it necessarily means that. You can hope that the burglar leaves your house alone without hoping he goes next door and robs your neighbor’s.

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    • June 6, 2020, at 3:25 PM PDT
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  16. Jim George Member
    Jim George

    Weeping (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Think about what that sign actually means. “Go loot and destroy the shop next door, which is owned by married people.”

    I don’t think it necessarily means that. You can hope that the burglar leaves your house alone without hoping he goes next door and robs your neighbor’s.

    @weeping, I fully agree with you on this and have been interested in some of the observations which have indicated things I never had a thought about when I first saw this sign; to me, it was a graphic illustration of the jungle some of our cities have become and this, combined with all these disgusting images of all these “woke” morons kneeling all over the place and reciting “woke” prayers dictated by hordes of little Marxist pajama boys (and, dare I say it in this climate, girls) yielded for me the image of this poor shipowner having to, figuratively, kneel before her masters pleading for her livelihood to be spared. I say the following with all due respect, but, call me naive, it never occurred to me to question her motives or whether she was a Yellow Dog Democrat or whether she was so clever as to ward off the predators and have them trash the shop of the married couple next door. To respond to @terrymott, assuming the little information I was able to put together is correct and that this was, in fact, in Santa Monica, I would say the chances of her being a member of the Democrat Party are somewhere in the 99.99% range, give or take, but my first thought was that she had children at home to feed and was just getting back on her feet after the wreckage Fauci and his merry band of “experts” left in their wake. It never occurred to me to think of her as “stupid”, just as someone who was desperate to survive the onslaught of the barbarians. 

    Again, all of the above is submitted with all due respect, noting my appreciation for such a good conversation on this horrible subject matter.

    Sincerely, Jim 

     

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    • June 6, 2020, at 3:55 PM PDT
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  17. kedavis Member

    Terry Mott (View Comment):

    What’s the likelihood that this single mother is a reliable Democrat voter? 90%? 95%?

    What’s the likelihood that she will put two and two together and re-think her voting preference? 5%? 10%?

    Call me heartless, but those were my first thoughts on seeing that storefront.

    You can’t fix stupid.

    But why should she be worried anyway? After all, “She didn’t build that.”

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    • June 6, 2020, at 6:45 PM PDT
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