A nation founded on the rule of law appears to be yielding to the rule of the mob. Not everyone has surrendered. The trend, though, is worrisome. Too many of our “leaders” and institutions are failing us.
In 2020, law enforcement officers in this country are being treated not just with disrespect but in many instances are being abused verbally and physically. Rioters and looters are going unpunished, not because they can’t be identified or the cases against them are weak but because prosecutors (several of them backed by George Soros) refuse to uphold the law and charge the offenders. Violent gangs have been allowed, almost encouraged, to take over city streets, sidewalks, and private property; shut down the free movement of others; and topple public monuments.
Civilized people don’t behave in this way. When some portion of a society goes beyond the law, the larger portion has historically made the course correction. Today, it’s a far smaller segment than it has been in the past.
Right here we’re going to say something that might seem over the line. We believe that “the mobs of tearful, angry students,” as the Washington Post put it, who raged after the 2016 election, the current convulsion of violence, as well all the unrest in between, wouldn’t have occurred if Hillary Clinton was president. What we’re seeing is an extended tantrum over the Trump election.
If she had been elected, and her party took the majorities in Congress, the troublemakers, and their political and media divisions, would be comfortable and smug, and not looking for reasons to foment riots, loot, burn, vandalize, attack police officers and innocents, and take over public and private property.
The unwinding of civilization would be taking place internally, through the Democratic White House and Congress, and the Democratic state houses, governors’ mansions, and city halls across the country. Some from the party on the left would gladly aid the cause, since it reflects their own anti-America, anti-West view, others going along because they hope they will be consumed last by the reign of terror.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter would have had little reason to continue rampaging under Clinton because of her solidarity with those who truly seem to be bent on pulling down society. She would have given them everything she possibly could have.
Expect Joe Biden to do what Clinton had no chance to even start. Already he’s kowtowing to the extreme left of his party, which appears to have hijacked his presidential campaign from the inside.
While a Democratic administration would be quieter than a second term of Donald Trump in regard to mob behavior, it would be much more lethal to civil society. The American legacy of liberty, independence, and charity will be ceded by political institutions, universities, local schools, and faithless businesses to a voracious mob if Biden moves from his basement to the West Wing in January.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board