I’m fearful of November 3, 2020. The polls are starting to tighten, as expected. And they’re going to tighten even more. While things still look good for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, what’s unfolding on America’s streets as we speak, cannot continue.
Folks, it’s playing right into the current president’s playbook. He has no desire to bring this country together. The violence over the past 48 hours in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after another senseless shooting of an unarmed black man, threatens to hand this election again to the most dangerous president in American history. We cannot let that happen.
The violence has to stop. And while I wish I had a bigger platform to shout from, I’m going to say it as loud as I can. The looting, arson, assaults, and overall anarchy and mayhem are playing across American television screens and social media 24/7. And the current president is exploiting it for his own personal and political benefit. Ads proclaiming this is what a Democratic presidency would look like are incredibly disingenuous. After all, it’s happening during his presidency. Yet, it’s effective in swing states that Biden must win. It pains me to say that.
We’re slowly but surely losing the narrative to this despicable president. We all know he’s the most lawless president ever, but there are those out there who don’t pay attention the way most of us who participate in the blogosphere do. In other words, when he proclaims himself as the law-and-order president, we laugh out loud. Others, unfortunately, see the unrest going on and start to take him at his word.
Listen, I’m all for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. It’s warranted and desperately needed. And what are the odds that another shooting will occur over the next 70 days? That’s right, very high. So we must prepare ourselves for what may happen in the future.
We want peaceful protests. We need peaceful demonstrations. Anything more than that, where injury to others or property is prevalent, is unacceptable. Now, of course, it’s not a majority of BLM causing all of this mischief. There’s an element of Antifa involved, just as there is a growing involvement of White Militia Movements such as the Proud Boys and the Bugaloo Boys. Just today, a 17-year-old was arrested for the murder of 2 protestors last night. Here he is, brandishing an AR15 with what appears to be white supremacist militia members.
These groups have also infiltrated the protests going on in Portland, according to HuffPost. And you can guarantee they will continue to cause as much harm as they can as long as racial injustice protests are going on. Most, if not all, of these groups are supporters of the current president. Should that surprise or shock us?
These groups, white supremacists, as well as Antifa, do not care about calm. They do not care about anything other than causing anarchy, division, and harm to property. Left unchecked, these groups will fight it out in the streets to the point where the federal government will indeed have to act — once again, playing into the hands of an autocratic dictator of a president who wants and thinks he can be president for life.
Before writing this post, I thought how essential it was for Joe Biden to come out on this issue forcefully. He needed to address not only the shooting of Jacob Blake but also to condemn, loudly and without hesitation, the violence on the streets. Thankfully, he’s done just that.
It’s how a real president should react. He praised the mother of the victim, who, by the way, has been outstanding in her restraint, and lauded the peaceful protests, as he should have. But he also called out the violence. That’s what we need from our future president because the current one has no desire to do anything of the sort. Calm on the streets will defeat this monster — not anarchy and violence.
That said, perhaps Biden and Harris would do themselves some good by getting together with black activists and leaders, urging calm and an end to the violence, and praising those who are protesting peacefully. We cannot let this president hijack racial injustice for his own selfish needs. It needs to be OUR issue. Not his.
I apologize if I’ve offended anyone who thinks I’m out of line here. Once again, I’m a 59-year-old white guy who hasn’t had to deal with the kinds of police brutality and systemic racism that’s plagued our country for so many years. I get the frustration, and it breaks my heart when I see these young men gunned down for no reason other than they happen to have dark skin.
But now it’s time to adhere to the words of the recently deceased civil rights icon John Lewis. We desperately need good trouble. What we don’t need is fires, looting, and violence. Otherwise, you can kiss America goodbye on November 3, 2020, because he can win again, folks. He really can.