A Brief History
On April 23, 2021, we at History and Headlines say Enough! Enough with politicians subtly and not so subtly encouraging citizens to violently demonstrate, including wink of the eye calls for “protests” that are “mostly peaceful” but in reality are rather violent. President Trump was impeached for exactly that sort of behavior, and it is time to hold ALL politicians to the same standard.
Specifically, today we can include Representative to Congress Maxine Waters (D-California) in the group of irresponsible politicians inciting violence, and we call upon her to resign from office. Her call for protestors to “get more confrontational” in the wake of the Derek Chauvin/George Floyd murder case is highly irresponsible. Protests in the wake of the George Floyd incident and other police use of force incidents have been considerably more violent than the violent protest at the nation’s capital on January 6, 2021. More property has been destroyed and more people have been injured and killed, and yet, Waters doubles down on her call to violence! Aggravating the situation, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has openly supported the ridiculous statements by Waters.
Democrats and media pundits have rightfully called out Republican politicians for inciting potentially violent crowds with false claims of election fraud and were appalled and aghast at the riot in the capital in January. Now is the time to recognize that hypocrisy and double standards are not acceptable, when Democrats and other progressives incite violence by misrepresenting events concerning police actions and making reckless public statements, including failure to condemn violence by their own political base.
We condemn ALL violence, and encourage all citizens to protest through appropriate, legal avenues such as voting campaigns, debates, advertisements, and peaceful gatherings. We also find support and love thrown at the Capitol Police in the wake of the January 6th riot/insurrection to be disingenuous when there is little or NO support for police officers injured and killed during BLM and other left wing inspired riots. We either support the police when they are doing their jobs or we do not. We should not pick and choose when to support police, we should always support law and order, and only condemn police when they are in violation of the law themselves. Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris were quick to offer solace to the families of persons shot and/or killed in confrontations with police (notably Jacob Blake, shot but not killed while attempting to abduct his children, steal a car, and resist arrest, as well as possibly attempting to retrieve a knife as a weapon) but were nowhere to be found when around the same time frame police officers were killed in the line of duty. Why would high and mighty politicians stoop to comforting the families of police officers killed feloniously while doing their jobs?
President Biden told the nation he was “praying for a conviction” in the Derek Chauvin trial before a verdict had been arrived at, potentially tainting the results of the trial, just as the inflammatory comments by Maxine Waters, according to the judge in the case, could also taint the results of the trial. ENOUGH! Both sides need to immediately refrain from comments that tend to incite violence, undermine the rule of law, and misrepresent law enforcement. (Statistics about police killing Black men are nothing like the popular impression of the public due to sensationalized, misleading and selective reporting.)
As we have in the past, we strongly encourage politicians and pundits alike to take part in police style “shoot, don’t shoot” training scenarios so that they gain the slightest bit of insight as to the situations police officers are faced with on a regular basis. Use of force exercises where these persons highly critical of the police should be staged where the critic is forced to demonstrate how THEY would handle a given situation without either getting killed/injured or killing/injuring the suspect. Of course, these esteemed politicians and pundits will continue to refuse to partake in such enlightening exercises. Perhaps such training should be mandatory for people to publicly comment on police use of force! What do you think?
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For more information, please see…
Hirschman, Albert. The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy. Belknap Press, 1991.
Johnson, Daryl. Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America’s Extremist Heart. Prometheus, 2019.