He couldn’t figure out how to do it without exposing his party’s egregious policies in those cities.
From Portland, Oregon, where the bloody uprisings have been going on for 80 days with no end in sight, to New York City—once the envy of the world, now turned into a public garbage dump and latrine for the drug-addicted homeless and child molesters, its citizenry fleeing in droves—Democratic officials have proven to be a collection of virtue-signaling prima donnas lost between their sympathies for the demonstrators (including violent ones with whom some seem to identify) and an absolute cluelessness about what to do about the escalating situation.
Whatever they do, they dare not offend the sainted demonstrators by calling for law enforcement, lest they (Democratic mayors, governors, attorneys general, and so forth) be accused of racism—a fool’s game if there ever were one, since everybody is, eventually, declared a racist. That’s how it rolls in today’s America.
Exceptions are, of course, when the mayors of Seattle and Chicago—with mind-bending hypocrisy—suddenly screamed for the cops when their own homes were under assault, something they never did for the benighted people of their cities, especially the poor they pretend to support.
In the case of Chicago, we have been watching the bodies pile up for years, turning the city into a virtual killing field for black people.
Meanwhile, those working stiffs known as the police, under constant assault by the moral narcissists of the left, are retiring across the country at a record rate—who could blame them—leaving cities undefended while Antifa and Black Lives Matter leadership continue their pursuit of revolution.
It’s worth remembering BLM’s leaders are avowed “trained Marxists.” Marxism has led to vastly more deaths—roughly 100 million—than any other religion, ideology, or pandemic in the history of the world, possibly combined.
When it comes to killing and mayhem, leftism wins the day by a giant margin. Nothing remotely compares, not even the ISIS terrorist group, which was able to muster 20,000 murders in Iraq over two years. Somehow, the blood lust inherent in leftism is largely uncontrollable (cf. the French Revolution), ditto the level of suppression as we can see from today’s China, where concentration camps still exist—incredible as that may seem after Auschwitz—housing upwards of a million people.
Biden is the last person to do something about this. As noted, he didn’t have the gumption to mention a word about the violence in our cities (or of China for that matter) in his speech. Why would he have the courage to do something about either of them, especially imprisoned as he is by his left flank?
Just the other day, “Squad” stalwart Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called for continued “unrest,” not that she really had to. Violence tends to feed on itself and grow when not strongly opposed (cf. the French Revolution again).
For that reason alone, a Biden administration is likely to see more of it than a second Trump administration.
If Trump wins, there will undoubtedly be an immediate reaction, possibly even exceeding the one after his first victory, which was remarkably infantile. But no longer worried about reelection, he would soon undoubtedly crack down hard on the violent demonstrators and rioters in the name of public safety, to the certain relief of most Americans, even those who won’t admit it.
Biden and the rest of the Democrats, plus their media choir, are locked in a form of 60s nostalgia, especially the ones who are too young to have been there. They think those days were just “too cool for school.” (As one who lived through them, permit me to roll my eyes.)
This desire to be “cool,” actually a pathetic form of conformity, underlies much of their resistance to confronting the violence. The result is a lot of moral and personal confusion, as with those denizens of Manhattan’s Upper West Side who can’t figure out what’s going on when, on a trip to Zabar’s to buy bagels, they have to cross the street to avoid being mugged (or worse) by one of the various junkies and perverts hanging by the front door.
Or the very liberal residents of West Los Angeles who, I am told from friends who still live there, no longer ride with their convertible tops down for fear a homeless person will jump into the seat next to them at the nearest stoplight.
Or the folks in the Portland suburbs who were shocked the other night to see Antifa—or was it BLM—marching down their pristine streets, holding lights aloft KKK-style and chanting ominously that their time had come.
Will these folks still vote for Biden? Alas, most of them will. But a lot of the rest of us won’t. We value our lives and our families.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJ Media, and now a columnist of The Epoch Times. You can find him on Parler and Twitter @rogerlsimon.