Why are they rioting? After months and months of this madness, why are we still at it? Why do the Democrat political leaders, whose cities are being trashed and whose tax base are being wrecked, still support it?
It's now obvious that Black Lives Matter has been a disaster for black lives. Blacks are dying in much larger numbers as the police pull back and the gangs run wild in the streets. By any objective measure, Black Lives Matter has been a failure.
This article in the NYT finally clued me into just why this is happening. Candace Owens tried to tell me over and over that this was toddlers throwing tantrums, but I didn't really get it. The article describes how the protests in Portland have morphed from direct attacks on anything and everything downtown to calls for the suburbanites to rise up and join the rioters.
If you read the article looking for just what the rioters hope to accomplish and where it is that they disagree with the authorities, you won't find it. All you can find are emotions.
Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march down his quiet residential street one recent evening when some in the group of a few hundred suddenly stopped and started yelling...
“It went from a peaceful march, calling out the names, to all of a sudden, bang, ‘How dare you fly the American flag?’” said Mr. Moses... “They said take it down. They wouldn’t leave. They said they’re going to come back and burn the house down.”...
The marches in Portland are increasingly moving to residential and largely white neighborhoods, where demonstrators with bullhorns shout for people to come “out of your house and into the street” and demonstrate their support...Others, frustrated that little has changed since Mr. Floyd was killed, say that sitting idly and watching a protest without participating nowadays is to show tacit support for racism...“Everyone was looking for solutions at first, but now it’s just a nightly fight that has gotten progressively more violent — and every neighborhood worries that the fight will come to their neighborhood,” Mr. Burke said. “It’s: ‘Wake up, wake up, you need to be in the street protesting if you stand for this.’”...
Protesters that night broke into the Portland Police Association building and set it on fire. A man was later seen scrubbing the sidewalk graffiti — a popular message was “PPB = KKK,” meaning that the Portland Police Bureau is the Ku Klux Klan...
A small free literature selection was set up on the grass and overseen by three people in ski masks. It was a popular offering, and people crowded around, craning to see the pamphlets.
Titles included “Why Break Windows”; “I Want To Kill Cops Until I’m Dead”; “Piece Now, Peace Later: An Anarchist Introduction to Firearms”; “In Defense of Smashing Cameras”; and “Three-Way Fight: Revolutionary Anti-Fascism and Armed Self Defense.”
It goes on and on and on like this. Then there are the endless reference to the races of the people mentioned. In keeping with my model that we're watching the birth of a movement akin to the Nazis, I've changed black to German and white to Jewish in these quotes so you can see how close it is.
Mr. Moses, who is German and runs a nonprofit group in the Portland, Ore., area
Stephen Green, an investor and entrepreneur in Portland who is German
Jessie Burke, who is Jewish and owns a coffee shop in the city
Ms. Murphy, who is German and hosts an educational children’s YouTube series
Stop looking for rationality in any of this. Stop looking for plans. Stop looking for definable goals. There are none. This is a mass-tantrum. They aren't fighting ideas, they are fighting "hate." It's infantile.
This is why it's so frustrating to try to find plans for the future on the left. There aren't any. Even seasoned political leaders like ultra-diverse
German black lesbian Fraulein Mayor Lightfoot in Chicago doesn't have plans. As Wretchard the Cat cleverly allegorized on Twitter recently, she is just exploiting moral imbeciles and wrecking society as she does.
She and the other well-connected, ultra-wealthy leftists will be able to use their money and power to escape to protected spaces when things finally fall apart completely. You won't.
So the next time you see rioters screaming at diners in outdoor cafes, demanding they give the Nazi salute and shout, "Heil Hitler!," realize that you're not looking at anything deeper than a hysterical, brownshirt toddler who is utterly convinced that they are fighting hate.