Pete Riehm
Taunting Americans with illusion of law and order
By Pete Riehm
August 9, 2023

For the past few years, violent crime has been spiraling out of control across the country, but our ruling elite abetted by the Democrat Media Complex are persistently lecturing average Americans that crime is not increasing and under control. And if there are any crime problems, it’s all rooted in systemic racism. The cruel irony is that minority communities suffer the most as policing recedes and lawlessness spreads. Americans are not fooled, and they know we are all less safe, but worse there is no solution on the horizon. Law enforcement is hamstrung, and our judicial system coddles criminals, but will pounce on law abiding citizens for standing their ground.

With crime burgeoning, every city is rife with even more troubling stories of random violence. Old women are slugged on the streets and unsuspecting bystanders are pushed on to the subway tracks with frightening regularity. Earlier this year, a crazed homeless man on a NYC subway was aggressively threatening fellow riders. To the great relief of those citizens, several good Samaritans restrained the lunatic until police could arrive thereby neutralizing the danger. Unfortunately, the mentally disturbed homeless man later died, and it’s alleged it was the way a former young Marine restrained him that caused his death.

A tragic outcome no doubt, but what about the dozens of innocent people kept safe? That doesn’t matter. The mental health system failed to provide this man proper treatment. Law enforcement failed to stop him. The judicial system failed to keep him off the streets. But who is being held accountable? None of them. The poor good Samaritan that risked his safety to protect strangers is the one our government indicts and prosecutes.

Robbery in many cities and places like California has become common place and rampant because prosecutors refuse to enforce shoplifting and larceny laws. Recently, a brazen criminal in California robbed the same Seven Eleven three times in one day! On his third theft, he decided to economize his efforts and just fill a trash can with cigarettes to take with him. That was too much for the owners who intervened. The criminal threatened to shoot them, so one worker restrained him and the other beat him with a stick.

Sounds like effective teamwork to thwart a crime. Most Americans applaud these men for standing against crime and protecting their property, but that’s not what happens in the sprawling insane asylum parading as the state of California. The Modesto Bee published an editorial admitting that epidemic theft is frustrating, and it does present a certain danger to bystanders, but intervening and specifically beating the criminal that threatened to shoot you “has no place in a society governed by the rule of law.”

Wait! What? Where is this so called “society governed by the rule of law?!” It’s certainly not California! Shoplifting is not even prosecuted, so it’s open season for shop lifting. Criminals are routinely released without bail and seldom charged. They have only a modicum of law enforcement and sham judiciary, so there is no rule of law! It has become cynical lie!

The mad leftists deconstructing our society are taunting law-abiding Americans to abide by the rule of law that has been eviscerated. Average folks are scolded to live by the rules, but criminals and elite politicians can break the law with abandon without any consequences. The career shoplifter and Hunter Biden can do whatever they want and always receive leniency if not just be released. But concerned parents vehemently expressing their grievances will be stifled by police and spied on by the FBI.

Americans plainly see this nonsense and they have had enough. More and more Americans are defending themselves and demanding authorities do their jobs. Hopefully, this will finally manifest at the ballot box in blue states. But the elite and media are trying to keep Americans from acting because they want us to remain uninvolved until it’s too late and society has collapsed. The evidence of impending rapid societal decay is everywhere; it’s happening, so Americans need to wake up and defend their property and values before it’s too late. We still have time to save America at the ballot box, so make your vote count before we are all forced into the streets or some government gulag.

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe” (Luke 11:21).

Pete Riehm is a conservative activist and columnist in south Alabama. Email him at or read all his columns at

© Pete Riehm


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Pete Riehm

Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


Receive future articles by Pete Riehm: Click here

More by this author


Stephen Stone
HAPPY EASTER: A message to all who love our country and want to help save it

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
FLASHBACK to 2020: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Pete Riehm
When the government is lawless, the people turn to an outlaw

Victor Sharpe
The left's lies: A warning for America's very survival

Michael Gaynor
Who Will Make the Finals and Win the Upcoming Presidential Race?

Stephen Stone
‘Teach Your Own’

James Lambert
Illegal alien entry through California border has dramatically increased of late

Rev. Mark H. Creech
‘No other gods before me’: The first commandment’s national significance

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 23: Legalizing pedophilia—The Sorensen Report

Randy Engel
A Documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part IX

Jerry Newcombe
A politically-incorrect prayer

Victor Sharpe
Who truly deserves a state? The Kurds or the Palestinians?

Pete Riehm
Father's Day: When men sing!

Cherie Zaslawsky
RFK Jr.: The silver-tongued spoiler
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites