where they have gone to the trouble of laying out and PUBLISHING a list of targets for looters, a list that includes places like Anheuser Busch, Boeing and Emerson Electric, some of the largest employers in the St. Louis area. Some other “targets” on the list include the St. Louis Art Museum, the Gateway Arch and Peabody Opera House. Of course all of these “targets” are somehow related to Michael Brown’s death, right? No? Then why target them? IT IS TERRORISM, anti-capitalist terrorism to be exact. “Rioting and looting are the tools of those without a voice… There is no revolution without violence.” ~ Rockit Ali (protest organizer). One man’s rioter/looter is another man’s freedom fighter, is that how it goes? HOSPITALS and SCHOOLS were originally targets as well, but the protest groups have since updated their lists. Hospitals are now reportedly safe places and not targets. Does this sound like a planned protest or terrorism? The icing on the cake, however is the cheerful endorsement of the proposed, potentially violent, protests from none other than ISIS. “ISIS here” banner in Ferguson, Missouri as jihadis try to exploit race conflict.
So, we have Communists, Socialists, Anti-capitalist and Islamic terrorists behind the powder keg in Ferguson, MO, but people are getting all bent out of shape because the police and law enforcement community is becoming too “militarized”. When “We The People” abdicate our personal responsibility for regulating ourselves and our communities then someone, or some organization, is going to fill that void. We haven’t been holding up our end of the deal as citizens and now people want to complain about law enforcement doing it? Really? In just this one situation we have multiple Anti-American forces coalescing to foment civil unrest and American citizens swallowing their propaganda bait hook, line and sinker. It is an easy sell though, because of a growing negativity towards law enforcement. The question is, why do people have such a negative view of law enforcement? I’ll tell you why. We have stopped policing our own and we don’t like being “policed” by others. We have nobody to blame, but ourselves. Once we gave all that power to our local, state and federal governments it didn’t take them long to turn that “enforcement” into a cash cow revenue generator for the various levels of government. So, not only did we give up our responsibility for our own protection and security, but we gave the government another avenue to bleed us dry financially as well. Then you have a wide range of Americans that believe that many of the laws being “enforced” are unjust or unconstitutional which just increases that animosity. Add to that the “militarization” of law enforcement and the fact that law enforcement is the most visible and accessible level of government for most people and BOOM, these public servants become the focus of our anger and angst. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for law enforcement, because the vast majority earn that respect every day. In fact, I have much respect for anyone who goes into public service, simply because the public they “serve” is so severely broken right now and their jobs are complicated by that fact beyond belief. The words of poet John Lydgate apply quite well to “public service” I think, as he said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” However, President Lincoln’s reverse variation is also true, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” In a nutshell, no organization or government entity can either please or fool all of the public, all of the time and therefore can never fulfil their duty adequately in the eyes of the general public.
How does all of this relate to Ferguson MO and the expected civil unrest pending the results of the grand jury? Well, if you don’t want terrorists destroying your community and you don’t want a militarized police force rolling through the streets, then the communities of Ferguson, the greater St. Louis area and Americans in general need to step up and put an end to this madness. Boarding up businesses in advance of expected looting like a hurricane is approaching is insane, cowardly and quite frankly Un-American. I am reminded of the LA Riots where law enforcement was completely ineffective, chaos and looting were rampant, but the businesses that were spared were those who stood their ground and defended their property WITH GUNS. They didn’t have to shoot anyone, they merely had to stand up and let the rioters know that “This ain’t gonna happen here!” People have a right to assemble, to protest and to seek a redress of their grievances. They do NOT have a right to steal and destroy as an expression of their disagreement with a legal outcome. Does “innocent until PROVEN guilty” ring a bell? You would think a “constitutional law professor” like President Obama would make that point loud and clear from the bully pulpit of the Presidency, but all he did was add fuel to the racial fire. By having Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department open “an independent federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown” he implied a belief that police corruption and cover-up may have been involved BEFORE any evidence had even been assessed. Just like his comments about Trayvon Martin, “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” and the “police acted stupidly” in the Cambridge MA case, he has repeatedly fomented racial angst BEFORE any investigation was done. With tacit Presidential endorsement is it any wonder that things have gotten so out of hand? Threatening the accused and his family, threatening the participants in the grand jury and threatening to terrorize neighborhoods ARE NOT the ways “We The People” do things. The good people of the St. Louis area should not sit idly by and let it happen either, because THAT is not what Americans do. Situations like those brewing in Ferguson Missouri are the kind of things that start civil wars, “US” against “THEM.” United we stand and divided we fall. The divisions in this nation today are reaching critical mass. If we do not come together we will surely fall apart and what was once described as the “Great Experiment” of America will cease to exist completely. We can no longer expect, or wait for, someone else to “fix it” because law enforcement can’t fix it, the government can’t fix it, politicians and lobbyists and community organizers can’t fix it. “We The People” MUST fix ourselves, recover our power and reclaim our responsibilities for ourselves and our communities.
President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address seems rather apropos here, but rather than consecrating ground in Ferguson with blood as they did in Gettysburg how about we skip to the end of Lincoln’s address, “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” However, I will temper that with a word of warning, also from President Lincoln, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.