It's no surprise that Black Lives Matter and Antifa don't want police, because police are essential to having a country and they want chaos.
Lewis Carroll wrote: "When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
Black Lives Matter is eager to be the master.
For example, it wants to broaden the definition of racism to make the epithet racist applicable not to blacks but to whites and also to all white police because the American system supposedly is racist and police are part of "systemic racism."
Merriam-Webster is hastening to oblige.
William Raspberry (who is black): " And, yes, words matter. They may reflect reality, but they also have the power to change reality – the power to uplift and to abase"
Black Lives Matter deploys the epithet racist to uplift blacks and to abase the persons so assailed.
Abase: "behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone)."
Trying to abase someone is a provocative tactic that may lead to retaliation.
All lives matter, and so do all lies.
"No justice, no peace" is a battle cry.
Peace is "a state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended."
If the persons chanting "No justice, no peace" do not get what they consider to be justice, they do not necessarily rely on peaceful protest to promote their idea as to what justice is. They may go to war and consider rioting, burning, killing and vandalizing necessary means to an end. Not even surrender may placate them.
The following quotations from Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, should help readers fully appreciate what is happening now in the United States:
"They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet."
"Never let a crisis go to waste." (Did you think that Rahm Emanuel was the first to say it?
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)"
"A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage – the political paradise of communism."
"The despair is there, now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change."
"An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent."
"True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within."
"The very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer."
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage."
"Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose."
"The organizer must become schizoid, politically, in order to slip into becoming a true believer. Before men can act an issue must be polarized. Men will act when they are convinced their cause is 100 percent on the side of the angels and that the opposition are 100 percent on the side of the devil. He knows that there can be no action until issues are polarized to this degree."
"The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means."
"The only nonpartisan people are those who are dead."Of course, proponents of law and order have their notorious detractors who thought they had a better idea.
For example, Adolph Hitler. who declared that "the greatest revolutionary changes on this earth would not have been thinkable if their motive force, instead of fanatical, yes, hysterical passion, had been merely the bourgeois virtues of law and order."
Hitler surely considered himself a revolutionary change agent and was moved by hysterical passion.
Before shocking the world and winning the presidency of the United States Donald Trump drew a sharp distinction between himself and his Democrat opponent: "Secretary Clinton doesn't want to use a couple of words, and that's law and order. And we need law and order. If we don't have it, we are not going to have a country."
It's no surprise that Black Lives Matter and Antifa don't want police, because police are essential to having a country.
Vice President Mike Pence is right: "the bad mouthing [of the police] that comes from people that seize upon tragedy in the wake of police action shootings as – as a reason to – to use a broad brush to accuse law enforcement of – of implicit bias or institutional racism. And that really has got to stop."© Michael Gaynor
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