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“[A] significant and growing portion of the American population is losing the virtues required to be functioning members of a free society.” – Charles Murray in Coming Apart (Page 289), 2012
EXHIBIT A: (Provided with no further comment.)
EXHIBIT B: (From the “Things aren’t really what they are being portrayed as being” file.)
A black police officer says there are racist white people stage-managing the riots in Portland, Oregon and “they’re not even from here.” …
Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters are being imported to Seattle and Portland. …
It’s been obvious that the violent protests, allowed by a politically pliant Portland city hall, haven’t been about George Floyd for a very long time. The idea is to foment chaos and violence and to keep it going. The willingness of the elected officials to tolerate civil unrest, at the expense of other peoples’ security, is scandalous. The police officers’ union has accused the Leftist politicians in Oregon and specifically Portland of defending the violence.
Officer Jackson said the rioters, most of whom are white, are “using are the same tactics that are used against my people. … White protesters stage-manage the riots.
Oregon Politicos Defend Antifa and BLM Rioters – Politicians find it politically convenient to blame President Trump for riots that have been going on for weeks.
Portland’s mayor and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden have blamed President Trump for injuring an imported antifa protester from Texas who got hurt while attacking federal officers. The federal officers are ordered to protect the federal courthouse, which had been under attack for days.
This story from Officer Jackson in also quite insightful:
A lot of times someone of color – black, Hispanic, Asian, come to the fence and directly want to talk to me. ‘Hey, what do you think about George Floyd? What do you think about what happened about this? I go up to the fence, someone white comes up ‘F the police, don’t talk to him.’ That was the most bizarre thing because I could see it coming. I even had a young African American girl tell me ‘why is it you guys aren’t talking to us?’ Honestly, I think this was the 23rd day of doing it and every time I try to have a conversation with someone who looks like me someone white comes up – blocks them – and tells them not to talk to me. And right when I said that, this white girl pops up…
EXHIBIT C: (From the “Someone needs to obtain the communication records between Elected Democrats and known ANTIFA / Black Lives Matter contacts” file.)
When Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey withdraws his city’s police officers from the Third Precinct, he … cedes the ground and picks a target for looters and rioters. Black Lives Matter and antifa rioters oblige and set fire to the cop shop, thereby encouraging other members of the mob to loot nearby stores.
It’s been going on throughout the country in cities and states run by liberals long before George Floyd. … The mob is given near-free reign to loot, riot and destroy. Those who are arrested are immediately released. Many have charges dropped against them.
You can see it with more clarity every day. Like the Klan before them, Antifa and the Marxist mob called Black Lives Matter are the shock troops for the Democrats who gladly choose the targets for them to attack.
Trump Voters Are ‘White Supremacists,’ So Rioting Is OK – A woman old enough to know better and smart enough to get herself elected to office, Senator Mazie Hirono, this week said Donald Trump voters are “white supremacists, that’s his base.” …
While rioters and looters are literally still in the streets, a sitting US Senator gives the groups that cloak themselves as virtuous anti-racists carte blanche to attack anyone who identifies as a Trump supporter because, after all, they’re evil “white supremacists.”
They all deserve to be beaten, doxxed, gunned down, chased, surrounded, threatened, knifed, and burned out, don’t they? They’re white supremacists…
The essence of the quote at the top of this post can be easily seen at the base level in almost any non-COVID-19 related news report these days. But much of what Murray discusses in this final chapter is directed at failures of the upper (or, more specifically, the Ruling) class. (And if you don’t see the stark difference between the Democrat and Non-Democrat varieties of this creature at this point then you are either completely hopeless or just a shallow Arizona Democrat. But I digress.) Murray notes that while those virtues and the free society itself crumbles:
…the people who run the country are doing just fine. Their framework for pursuing happiness is relatively unaffected by the forces that are enfeebling … society. In fact, they have become so isolated that they are often oblivious to the nature of the problems that exist elsewhere. – Page 289
This isolated minority (See Pelosi, Wyden, Hirono, etc.) then find it easy to slip into a state where they openly cheer for “a rejection of the obligations of citizenship” and “the collapse of confidence in codes of honorable behavior.” Murray zeros in on our “hollow elite”:
A degenerate elite code can inspire contempt and encourage revolution among the rest of the population. – Page 292
[The hollow elite] have abdicated their responsibility to set and promulgate standards. – Page 298
As we follow the behavior of these democrat mayors, governors, and beltway elites it is hard not to employ much of the language that Murray brought into the conversation in mush less violent times. But it is “obscene” and “unseemly.” They continue to play political chess (fundraising, electioneering, etc.) with the lives and livelihoods of so many while intensifying the “schism in the soul” of America. The “disintegration of a civilization is not a monolithic process”; businesses will die, cities will die, the middle class will die, but the corruptocrats like Pelosi (and those striving to achieve similar status) will continue to thrive for quite some time as they devour the rotting corpse of the great experiment they themselves have snuffed out…all because of Orange Man Bad. My contempt for them is complete.
Headline for Wednesday, November 4, 2020: “The American project is dead.”
[Quotation marks indicate items taken from the Murray book. I admit to taking liberties with their intended meaning based on the much-changed state of the Republic compared to when they were published.]Published in