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There have been peaceful protests violent riots every single night in Portland now for nearly three months straight. There appear to be many different groups involved, with many different messages, from “Black Lives Matter” to “Antifa” to people carrying signs with the Soviet hammer and sickle. But there is one thing all the rioters have in common. They all hate Donald Trump. All the riots have signs saying things like “Dump Trump” and other more explicit words saying the same thing. The rioters are urging people to vote against Trump in the next election. Remember, these riots are in Portland, Oregon.
In 2016, Donald Trump won 17% of the vote in Portland. Who are these people trying to convince? There hasn’t been an out-of-the-closet Republican sighted in the wild in Portland since the Reagan administration. And such exotic fauna will most certainly be scarce in Portland in today’s hostile environment. So the Portland riots are essentially Democrats trying to convince Democrats to vote Democrat, while they destroy one another’s property. I don’t get it.
Looking at the adjacent electoral map from 2016 (broken down by county), it would appear that the rioters who’ve been hitting the streets for the past few months all over the country have been rioting in the wrong places. If their goal is to convince people not to vote for Donald Trump, perhaps they should go riot in places where people actually might vote for him to begin with.
There are problems with that strategy, of course. First of all, no cosmopolitan urban sophisticate has any interest in traveling to, say, Cactus, Texas. Crummy coffee shops and no microbreweries. Plus, provincial locales such as those tend to be infested with people who have no interest whatsoever what color someone is, or how many genders are listed on Tinder this week. But there’s another potential problem as well.
If someone threatens your home in St. Louis and you defend yourself by brandishing a gun, the local government (to whom you pay your taxes) will confiscate your guns, and accuse you of everything from white privilege to hate crimes to assault. You will need tens of thousands of dollars to provide for your legal defense and will be fortunate to avoid prison.
In Texas, this is likely to go differently. Actually, in most places in the United States, this is likely to go differently. Those provincial rubes may not know how to order proper Thai cuisine, but they do know how to protect themselves. And they see no reason, ethical or legal, not to do so. In St. Louis, you can march up someone’s driveway, threaten to kill the people living there, and take everything they own. The law will protect you. You can threaten to kill someone without really risking anything yourself.
Try that in Cactus.
It’s even worse than usual right now. After watching the news for the past few months, those people in Cactus (and everywhere else) know about the rioters. And they’ll be waiting for them.
People all over America have had plenty of time to think about how they will respond to this when it comes to them. And I suspect that most of them have made up their minds by now. I suspect this because every website I looked at is sold out of ammo. Every caliber. All of it. People understand what they’re up against. They won’t be surprised. They’ll be waiting.
Democrat activists have been looting and rioting in Portland every night for nearly three months. In Cactus, it won’t take that long.
I really don’t care what happens in Portland. I should. But I don’t. I suspect that many of those in Cactus would take a similar view. If Portland Democrats really want to destroy their own city, well, ok.
But it seems so pointless. Just Democrats trying to convince Democrats to vote Democrat. Like screaming at the sky.
It may be pointless, and the rioters may be wasting their time and energy, but to me, this is sort of ok. Firstly, because I don’t care about Portland as much as I should. But secondly, and much more importantly, because at least the rioters are safe in Portland and other Democrat cities. They can destroy as much as they want with no real consequences, as long as they stay in Democrat-controlled cities.
But if the rioters decide to expand their operation and go where the Republican voters actually live, this could get very nasty, very quickly. And that would be tragic. Absolutely tragic. Let’s pray the rioters stay in Portland and various other Democrat cities. We should pray for this, for the safety of the rioters.
I’m not concerned about the safety of the citizens of Cactus.Published in