Democrats' silence on our summer of violence is a tactical blunder

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  2 months ago  •  15 comments

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Democrats' silence on our summer of violence is a tactical blunder
It's time that a Democrat crossed the invisible picket line to condemn both the "cancel culture" and the mindless violence in our cities.

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Democrats' silence on our summer of violence is a tactical blunder

"Have you no sense of decency, sir?" So asked Joseph Welch, the attorney who stood up to the bullying by Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.) during a 1954 Senate hearing. And once he said it, the nightmare that was McCarthyism was over.

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Who will be the Joseph Welch who wakes us up from this new wave of reverse McCarthyism? Today, you are blacklisted if you don't support a far-left agenda.

It's time that a Democrat crossed the invisible picket line to condemn both the "cancel culture" and the mindless violence in our cities. It's time that a Democrat stood up for the First Amendment in this country and the need for an open political debate. And it is time that a Democrat exploded the nonsense that what is going on in Portland and Seattle is just protest and not destructive anti-police, anti-American violence that needs to be stopped, not coddled.

Unfortunately, today's Joe Biden is not that Democrat. He is too concerned with courting left-wing voters to call out these destructive currents in America. Biden is signing pacts with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He could be courageous and stand up for the country he is seeking to lead, and he could outline a program for ending the Black-on-Black crime that kills thousands of African American kids every year. He proudly supported the Clinton anti-crime bill, back in the day when he was for law and order in this country. Back then he believed in the effectiveness of tough measures to reduce crime and to save lives by taking violent criminals off the streets. Today, he is MIA when it comes to stopping the waves of violence sweeping our cities. Why has he not called out Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for the outrageous position that it is the defenders of federal property who are to blame?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not that Democrat, either. She is busy describing federal agents defending a courthouse as "stormtroopers" and is concerned about the constitutional rights of those committing violent acts. Polls show that 80 percent of Americans think things are out of control, and a majority of Americans want to see those who commit acts of violence prosecuted. There is a national consensus that violence is rising as a result of the protests that are undermining the rule of law in the country.

And Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), fresh from his impeachment run, is certainly not going to condemn violence that he dismissed as a "myth." He has perpetuated support for attacks on federal property, and it is those attacks that endanger federal law enforcement officials who are simply trying to do their jobs. Is it not clear that the government puts up a fence and that the violent offenders try to tear down the fence and launch fireworks and deploy destructive lasers against federal officers?

It is no different when it comes to the cancel culture. Not a single major Democrat has stood up and roundly condemned the idea that people should be fired or lose their tenure just for questioning the Black Lives Matter organization, despite making clear that they are not questioning racial justice and equality. In the rush to take advantage of every action that hurts Trump, these Democrats make the mistake that the views of the elite left are similar to the members of their own party.

So far, the person who came closest to speaking out, and who is not a Republican or a conservative, is journalist Bari Weiss. She effectively exposed and denounced the culture at the New York Times as being far removed from a tolerant, open environment envisioned by the protections of the First Amendment. Instead, the journalists at the Times turned being even a moderate into something uncomfortable, let alone someone who supports the state of Israel. She called out the "bullying" she endured, being called a "Nazi" and a "racist," and called out the newspaper's unlawful discrimination and hostile environment. The cancel culture continues unabated, however; Weiss quit her job, having had enough of the abuse.

Even as a political strategy, this silence by Democrats on these issues is a huge tactical mistake, creating the potential of a backlash for so clearly trying to deny obvious reality. Joining together with Republicans against violence and in defense of the First Amendment is a far smarter position, because these radicals who are fomenting violence won't really be supporting any party. These are not election issues - they are basic American issues, and Attorney General William Barr was entirely right in his testimony last week before Congress that one of our political parties should never turn a blind eye toward violence against our nation. It has been this way for more than 200 years, since the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-1794 -- because destruction of federal property, like our courthouses, is not an action against one party but an action against all parties.

Andrew Stein is the former Democratic president of the New York City Council and founder and chairman of "Democrats for Trump." He is the brother of The Hill's chairman.


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Texan1211
1  seeder  Texan1211    2 months ago

Is there a single Democrat with the guts or smarts to condemn the violence?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 months ago

Actually there is.

Leo Terrel has noted that he didn't leave the Democrat Party, they left him.  He also noted that this will be the FIRST time in his voting life that he will not vote Democrat.

Civil Rights attorney Leo Terrell, a prominent Democrat turned Trump supporter, has come under fire from his colleagues for refusing to support Joe Biden and Black Lives Matter. Despite that, Terrell said he isn't in favor of the modern-day Democratic Party and what they stand for.

"The Democratic Party in 2020 is as follows: it's been hijacked by Black Lives Matter and that's why I've shifted away from the Democratic Party. Two major reasons: One, Joe Biden made the assumption that if you're not black, that if you're black you have to vote Democrat. I find that insulting and offensive to every African American because we don't vote as one group," he told the Daily Caller. "Secondly, defunding the police is absolutely ridiculous. Democrats believe in law and order. Those are two major reasons I left the Democratic Party."

According to the civil rights attorney, the Black Lives Matter movement lacks any substantive policies and their only goal is to defeat President Trump. It was Biden's comments about blacks needing to vote for the Democratic Party that made Terrell question his values.

Source and the full article:  https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/07/15/watch-civil-rights-attorney-leo-terrell-lays-out-every-issue-he-has-with-democra-n2572579

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 months ago

Is there a single Democrat with the guts or smarts to condemn the violence?

It sure doesn't seem so. And the continuing silence by Biden shows him to be cowardly kowtowing to the radical left elements of his party.

Even as a political strategy, this silence by Democrats on these issues is a huge tactical mistake, creating the potential of a backlash for so clearly trying to deny obvious reality.

I am surprised that the Democrats cannot pick up on the mood of the majority of American citizens. They want optimism and hope in these troubled times, but all they get from the left is fear mongering, negativity, fear,  and blame casting....as if Trump is totally responsible for ALL the bad shit going on presently. As of today they have not offered one positive solution to the nation's problems other than to elect Biden...an empty mind in an empty suit...sitting in an empty chair. I mean...talk about a nothing burger kind of guy. I think his poll numbers have peaked and will start to trend down as the voters see what they might be getting.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    2 months ago
I think his poll numbers have peaked and will start to trend down as the voters see what they might be getting.

True.   And what they'll be getting is screwed...  my bad, let me restate that SCREWED!!

His "plan" will increase ALL taxes for all people.   

Corporate taxes will increase to a higher level than any other country, effectively telling all companies globally that we don't want you here.

His "plan" will eviscerate and destroy the domestic energy industry.

He himself has noted that he will be the "most progressive" President in American history, which notes he will make America a socialist country....  oop's a BANKRUPT socialist country.

With the people he is surrounding himself with, hell, Cuba and Venezuela will be what we will hope to aspire to once he is done with his destruction. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
1.2.2  r.t..b...  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    2 months ago
as the voters see what they might be getting.

...as opposed to knowing exactly what they are getting.

The incumbent rose to power as a disrupter and he has certainly clung to that formula. Begging the question, just what has that attitude (for it is certainly not policy driven) wrought? Fractured relations across the globe with our traditional allies, fractured relations with those across the aisle that are still a necessary part of the legislative process, alienation of half the electorate on purely partisan terms, alienation of career public servants and federal agencies due to the perceived lack of loyalty, the disintegration of traditional presidential norms, and most deleterious...the use of the bully pulpit to intentionally divide with every appearance, with every tweet, and with every utterance.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.2.3  XDm9mm  replied to  r.t..b... @1.2.2    2 months ago
The incumbent rose to power as a disrupter.

Yes he was.  To drain the swamp, but the swamp creatures of the left are fighting back.

And he has certainly held to that formula. Begging the question, just what has that attitude (for it is certainly not policy driven) wrought?

Quite a bit of success actually.

Fractured relations across the globe with our traditional allies,

Hardly.  Our relations are in point of fact quite good.  What some of our allies ARE complaining about is that Uncle Sugar is demanding that they actually pay more of THEIR funds for THEIR defense.   Most of them have agreed, but the largest among them is agitated as it interferes with it's relationship with Russia.

fractured relations with those across the aisle that are still a necessary part of the legislative process,

That actually started even before President Trump was elected.   Hell, their party boss and President was going so far as to illegally investigate him and his campaign.  But President Trump was still willing to negotiate with them but they simply refuse to negotiate....  they demand surrender and capitulation to THEIR demands and fuck anything the Republicans or President Trump proposes.

alienation of half the electorate on purely partisan terms,

Give me a break.   That was initiated by Obama and followed up by Clinton.  Does "deplorables" ring a bell?

alienation of career public servants and agencies due to the perceived lack of loyalty,

Really?  Those POLITICALLY APPOINTED by Obama "career public servants" who despise President Trump?  Those career public servants?

the disintegration of traditional presidential norms,

I'll agree.  Unlike previous Presidents willing to accept ongoing dysfunctional government and kicking the can down the road, President Trump is actually demanding ACTION and RESULTS and those that fail are not promoted as was usual, they're fired.

and most deleterious...the use of the bully pulpit to intentionally divide with every appearance, with every tweet, and with every utterance.

He's trying to unify what was divided by the Divider in Chief community Organizer Obama.   (The police acted stupidly, if I had a son, etc., etc.)

 
 
 
r.t..b...
1.2.4  r.t..b...  replied to  XDm9mm @1.2.3    2 months ago
Quite a bit of success actually.

Despite your heartfelt efforts...we will have to agree to disagree on every point.  It seems our votes will cancel each other out in the general count, 9mm. Not sure if you reside in a hotly contested state or not...but my vote in AZ is suddenly crucial and a call for action..

...so, as we all believe strongly in the ramifications of this election, a call for all those able to do all they can in getting out the vote. Volunteer to help register potential voters, volunteer to work a phone, and/or volunteer to work a polling location

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.2.5  Tacos!  replied to  r.t..b... @1.2.2    2 months ago
the use of the bully pulpit to intentionally divide with every appearance, with every tweet, and with every utterance.

I don't think this is accurate. While any politician has the capacity to divide with his remarks, this notion that Trump always divides is a false meme perpetuated by the media. It began with them lying about his remarks on illegal immigration and continued up to his speech at Mt. Rushmore. They literally have to lie about what he said to perpetuate this "he's always so divisive" narrative.

 
 
 
cjcold
1.3  cjcold  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 months ago

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Greg Jones
1.3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  cjcold @1.3    2 months ago

Can you refute anything said so far?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.3.2  XDm9mm  replied to  Greg Jones @1.3.1    2 months ago
Can you refute anything said so far?

I know that was a rhetorical question. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.3.3  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @1.3.1    2 months ago
Can you refute anything said so far?

The answer is obvious, no?

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.3.4  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @1.3.1    2 months ago
Can you refute anything said so far?

Please don't respond to that post, 1.3.

It has nothing to do with the article.

 
 
 
MAGA
1.4  MAGA  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 months ago

The ones that are doing so have crossed over to vote for Trump!  

 
 
 
Tacos!
2  Tacos!    2 months ago

In the last several elections, the presidential primaries have killed any chance for moderates to succeed. We used to have a lot of Democrats willing to take a middle position, and they would have been more than happy to condemn violence. But now, Democrats just accept that the people are going to do what they do, even if that means burning everything down.

 
 
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