On Saturday, leftist rioters in Portland murdered a counter protester. The victim Aaron Danielson was with the conservative group called Patriot Prayer. This morning, The Oregonian is reporting
Groups or individuals seeking to retaliate didn’t materialize Sunday despite chatter online and concerns aired by Portland officials earlier in the day.
Now why would that be? Given the failure of the local prosecutor to go after the protestors who have terrorized the city for months, why haven’t we seen a violent outburst from some rightwing group?
I believe the reason is that groups such as Patriots Prayer believe in the rule of law, that they expect the police to arrest a murder suspect, and that they expect that even the pro-rioter DA will draw the line at murder and prosecute the crime. I believe the people of Portland are waiting to see if justice will be done.
I wouldn’t want to be in Portland if the DA declines to prosecute the case.
UPDATE—These days, I wouldn’t want to be in Portland. Period.
This was posted on the Twitterz—Mayor Ted had a security detail (of Portland cops) protecting him. As I’ve noted before, the Inner Party will always take steps to insure that there is a sufficient police force to protect their interests.
BTW, this sort of unfiltered, on-the-scene reporting may be what defeats the street thugs of Antifa and BLM. They’re using the ’60s playbook that relies on the public getting fed reporting filtered through friendly editing. While the MSM is working to provide that sort of coverage, too much truthful coverage is leaking out faster than it can be suppressed.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
There were those who thought (perhaps hoped) that President Trump would use military force to deal with Antifastan in Seattle. He didn’t. Instead, he let the city get what they voted for good and hard. Things had to get so bad that rioters appeared in the mayor’s neighborhood before the city’s Inner Party decided the proles had had enough fun.
The rioters in Portland learned from some of Antifiastan’s errors. They stayed off the mayor’s front lawn and were rewarded with control of the night in city. Again, the President has not deployed the military. He’s committed federal civilian law enforcement office to protect federal property and enforce federal law in Portland. So far, it appears that federal civilian law enforcement can deal with the Portland crime wave.
BTW, the federal agents engaged in crowd control and site protection appear to be wearing uniforms with appropriate agency ID information and to have ID numbers visible on their uniforms.
But what if they can’t put the lid back on Portland? What if the situation degenerates into a minor, but full-blown, rebellion?
10 U.S.C. § 251 et seq. is the Insurrection Act. It empowers the President to use the military when it is otherwise impossible to enforce federal law or protect the rights of citizens or to put down a rebellion. The last time it was invoked was for the LA riots in 1992. He can do so over the objections of a state government that is failing to protect the rights of American citizens. The last time that provision was used was in Little Rock in 1957.
Do Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler really want to go down in the history books with Orville Faubus?
I doubt that the President will have to deploy either to National Guard or other troops. Antifa and BLM don’t appear to have enough real support to be more than oversized street gangs. They’re a crime wave pretending to be an insurrection. When the going gets tough, the posers and soy boys will move along to something is less dangerous. I suspect steady application of civilian policing will turn the tide with the rest.
The 1619 Project is a leftist attempt to rewrite History to sell the false narrative that the United States was founded to protect the institution of slavery. While it has been promoted by outlets such as the New York Times, it has generally be repudiated by professional historians, including intellectually honest leftists. However, it has gained a following among the ill-informed.BTW, George Washington’s will provided for the emancipation of his slaves. He was the only slave owner among the Founding Father to do so.
Andy Ngo’s lawyer says that she plans to sue “everybody” related to the assault on her client that occurred last Saturday. Ace has an excellent summary this angle of the story thus far.
The AntiFa thugs who assaulted and robbed Ngo need to be brought to justice as an example to their comrades (I use that term on purpose). Given the failure of law and order in Portland, a civil suit for damages may be the only way to hold them accountable.
IANAL, but it seems to me that Ngo may also have a viable federal civil rights claim against Portland and several of its public officials.
He may also have valid claims for defamation against a wide range of people and organizations who may have been operating with a reckless disregard for the facts.