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ANTIFA! ANTIFA! ANTIFA! But rarely BLM! BLM! BLM! Wonder Why?

By Jim George

Jim George

 | September 11, 2020

Perhaps you have noted the same strange phenomenon I started seeing recently, which prompted the letter to my Congressman and Senators which follows for your perusal and, should you feel it helpful and appropriate, adaptation for transmittal to your own representatives in our National Legislature. That phenomenon is the fact that I am seeing more and more prominent calls for investigation and eventual prosecution of ANTIFA and that label is often, if not usually, followed by a catch all phrase such as the one used yesterday in the letter of 50 Members of Congress to the Attorney General calling for action against ANTIFA “and other left-wing anarchist groups…. .” Is there anyone with a functioning mind who does not know the name of the “other left-wing anarchist group” being referred to here? Why the reticence, so uncharacteristic of our governing class? As Jack Benny might have told Rochester in another time, long, long ago: “I’m thinking, I’m thinking!” 

Therefore, I sat down and delivered myself of a philippic which has now gone via electronic delivery to Congressman Matt Gaetz and Senator Rick Scott. It was deemed a bit too windy for Senator Rubio’s algorithms to handle and has been delivered the old-fashioned way. 

In submitting this for your review, I must add one more note and that is how much information may be found so easily and readily about the depth of the danger and treachery represented by Black Lives Matter, making the above-mentioned reticence so much more difficult to understand. 

Herewith my letter, for what it’s worth:

I am directing this letter to my Congressman and Senators to express my concern that a Marxist-driven organization, Black Lives Matter, is growing, developing, expanding, becoming more and more powerful by the day and the hour, is fomenting all kinds of violence across the country, is insidiously sending its ideological tentacles throughout major areas of our popular culture and yet all I see in official discussions about the violence which has grown to unprecedented levels in the last 3 months are mentions of ANTIFA—never their principal partner in crime (for that is exactly what it is—crime), Black Lives Matter and its organizational parent, the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

In this correspondence, I will furnish links to a number of excellent analyses of this dangerous organization which have appeared only recently and will also discuss BLM’s own statements of goals and objectives on their own website—as it has been said many times, and especially in the last few months – when someone announces that they plan to hurt you, or worse, it is a very good idea to listen to them and assume they are being deadly serious. Whatever one may say about BLM, and especially its leaders, it must be admitted that they are quite open about their founding philosophy, as one of their founders, in particular, has been quoted in a video interview as saying she and one other founder are “trained Marxists.”

I will examine some of the organization’s own statements later in this letter; first, I would like to examine the general tenor I see in public statements of so many of our public officials, i.e., those officials we have elected to represent us in the National Legislature and to give voice to our concerns as we see them. In doing so, I am taking the liberty of making the following special request: I would like to receive either a written answer from each of you or a phone call in order that I may have a statement of your position on the question I am raising as, if I am wrong in my perception, I am most interested, in the utmost of good faith, in learning that fact and the reasons I am wrong. For example, while I have tried to do a good bit of reading of various articles, columns, etc., which have considered the real objectives of BLM, I have not done a thorough research of the Congressional Record and there may well be speeches in that Record of which I am unaware as of this writing. If so, I would definitely like to know about them in order that I may have the opportunity to educate myself further on this subject and what is being said about it by those we look to for such pronouncements in our behalf.

Only a few minutes before I started this letter, I learned of a letter submitted by 50 members of Congress, including my own Congressman, requesting that Attorney General Barr and the Department of Justice immediately open an investigation to identify and prosecute all individuals and groups responsible for funding and organizing the riots we are seeing all across the Nation. Here, as they so perfectly demonstrate the gravamen of my concern I am writing to express, are the first three paragraphs of their letter:

“We write to share our deep concerns regarding the ongoing violence that has gripped American cities and threatened the rule Of law across our nation, ANTIFA and other left-wing anarchist groups have unleashed a barrage of totalitarian attacks on our country in recent months, including accosting a sitting U S. Senator, hijacking peaceful rallies, organizing armed riots, destroying property, burning buildings, stealing livelihoods, and spreading hate.

“It is clear that these individuals are well-funded and supported by a national network Of left-wing activists committed to perpetrating violence and furthering anarchy in our streets. As such, we urge you to immediately open an investigation to identify and prosecute all individuals and groups responsible for funding and organizing these terroristic acts that are wreaking havoc on our nation.

“As you know, I8 US. 2101 makes it a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison to incite a riot; organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; commit any act of violence in furtherance Of a riot; or aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in a riot. Tragically, we are seeing the letter and spirit of the law being desecrated on a daily basis, as ANTIFA and other organized groups of anarchists continue to infiltrate peaceful protests and launch violent attacks against American citizens. Tragically, these activities recently turned deadly in Portland, Oregon, as Michael Forest Reinoehl, who described himself as “100% ANTIFA” shot and killed a supporter of President Trump,

One who reads that letter, as timely and admirable as it is, might be excused for asking the following question: where is there even a single mention of the other organization—the one which, by all accounts, started the rioting in Minneapolis, the one which was founded in rage at the acquittal of the person their own statement still refers to as “the killer” of Trayvon Martin, the one which burned down many of the businesses in Ferguson, MO, the one which then followed with destruction and mayhem in may other locations such as the 2015 riots in Baltimore, the one whose name and raised fist trademark we see prominently displayed in practically every riot across the country—Black Lives Matter? I ask the following as one who not only holds no brief for ANTIFA but who abhors everything they stand for and everything they do—why name just ANTIFA in that request for investigation and prosecution? Do they not want Black Lives Matter to be prosecuted as well? If not, why not? There must be a reason why such a well-known and well-recognized fomenter of destruction and burning and pillaging and thievery and hooliganism and violence is so noticeably absent from this otherwise well placed, if not way overdue, request that the Department of Justice finally do SOMEthing to identify the sources of funding for these deadly riots.

The contents of this letter serves as a fitting example of a phenomenon I have seen in many other writings lately, including books I have read on the current disruptions and attempted coups against the lawfully elected President of the United States in which there may be very specific discussions of how wretched and rotten and sickening the actions of ANTIFA are but no mention whatsoever of the other organization. One must wonder why that is and why our elected officials will not just come out and “tell it like it is” and, once and for all, start naming “the other organization” as if it has become this obvious to me, I must assume many others have noticed this “strange phenomenon” of not naming one of the two most prominent fomenters of destruction in the recent upheavals.

As one of your constituents, I specifically ask the following question, to which I request, as genuinely as I know to do so, a clear answer stating your position with regard thereto: if you have not already done so, why are you not using your “Bully Pulpit” to stand on the floor of Congress or the Senate and denounce – by name—the Black Lives Matter Global Organization and ask for an investigation of its sources of funding and organization. If you decline to do so, I would like to know the reason why. At the risk of repeating myself, I cannot for the life of me understand why no one in Congress, the place where our elected Representatives to the National Legislature gather to perform their Article I duties and responsibilities, will stand up and identify one of the two major reasons we have had so much strife in the last few months. If, indeed, this is the case, again, there must be a reason and I am entitled to know what that reason may be.

There have been a number of very comprehensive analyses published recently to which I respectfully refer you for your further study and perusal—here are just a few quotes from some of them which graphically illuminate the danger posed by this extraordinarily radical movement dedicated to the overthrow of our entire way of life.

In the most recent piece I was able to find, published yesterday in Washington Examiner, entitled “Black Lives Matter has terrorist and communist inspirations, but liberal media doesn’t care”, the author observes:

“ … As the Washington Examiner’s Dunleavy reported, BLM was founded by three women who are avowed Marxists who cite as mentors and financial backers some noted communists and a domestic terrorist. Clearly, there is at least some central organizing involved in the violence, such as when police in Columbus, Ohio, interdicted a bus stockpiled with weapons. In Portland, where often-violent protests have continued for more than 100 days, police regularly confiscate body armor, stun guns, dangerous lasers, Molotov cocktails, and other injurious, possibly deadly paraphernalia.”

The article referred to there, “Black Lives Matter radicalism: Rhetoric versus reality of ‘defund the police’ “ also contains valuable discussions of the background of the formation of the organization which eventually grew into the present behemoth causing so much damage in cities all over the Nation.

Two recent columns stand out in my view as most valuable resources for anyone who wishes to better understand this lethal domestic terrorist group trying to tear down the very fabric of our way of life. They are “The Racial Marxism of BLM” and “To Destroy America” and I respectfully submit a few quotes from each to give just a flavor of what we are up against and how terrifying these terrorists are not just in their aims but in what they are telling us and saying out loud as to what they plan to do to our Beloved Nation and all it stands for.

Both pieces are rich in the very long history of the development of Marxist terrorism of the type we are now facing in Black Lives Matter, such as this passage from The Racial Marxism of BLM:

“A history that should never have been forgotten has long since been lost. It is time to refresh our memories. Black Lives Matter (BLM) does not represent the old Civil Rights Movement. It does not seek equality under the law. And it does not intend to stop until it overthrows the very idea and structure of America as we’ve known it. Under increasing pressure to acknowledge the dawning reality to which Americans are increasingly waking up, Joe Biden has finally said that looting and arson are, in fact, bad. But Pandora’s box has already been opened. The Democrats’ Vice-Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, put us on notice in June: “everyone beware—because they’re not gonna stop…everyone should take note of that…they’re not gonna let up, and they should not—and we should not.”

“What has been forgotten—perhaps because it is often purposely hidden—is that Antifa and BLM both were born from a peculiarly American form of radical and violent Marxism. The actual word used to describe this ideology is in one sense not important: understanding how those who lead and fund these groups think is what matters. In fact, as soon as one uses the word “Marxism” today, the activists and intellectuals begin scoffing in disdain.

The author then touches on the very reason I am writing this letter and it has to do with the fact that our institutions – including “politicians on the American Right”—are failing in their obligation to speak out to their constituents, and to American citizens in general, about the horrific dangers this terrorist organization represents to all of us:

“The American media—and many politicians on the American Right—have failed to point out to the American people that BLM was created and is led by radical Marxist racialists. Their heroes and teachers are the violent radicals of the 1960s and ’70s. As Murray Bessette points out in “Listen When They Tell You Who They Are“, we know this because they tell us so. They call themselves “trained Marxists.” This doesn’t mean that they merely propose left-leaning economic policies like free healthcare for all. Instead, as Bessette says, they want to destroy the family and abolish private education and private property along with the police.

He also makes crystal-clear what the real aim of these terrorists is, in no uncertain terms:

“As Peter Myers explains, “The present ascendancy of the woke Left on race is no triumph for civil rights, nor for social justice or any sort of justice, nor for democratic government,” which this movement opposes. What BLM truly wants is a new America. An America ruled by a racial version of Marxism: “a confederation of identity groups—especially of racialized identity groups—where moral authority and its ensuing social advantages are apportioned according to the relative strength of group claims to past and present aggrievement.” Jim Crow, in other words, but in reverse.

“The government, of course, will be in their hands and the laws will be ordered accordingly. BLM utterly rejects the notion of equality under the law: they wish to enact a system of law and culture in which people will be judged by their race and sexual identity, not insofar as they are equally human. As Myers points out, “the ruling principle is disintegration, not integration; discord, not harmony; war, not peace. To persist on this path is to push the republic ever closer to either dissolution or despotism.”

“And here we are. BLM and its associates, despite being the direct descendants of Marxist domestic terrorists, despite rejecting the principles of America itself, and despite holding views that are not even representative of the people they purport to represent, now have the resources and path they need to wreak the havoc they have been planning for years. They have already succeeded in causing more chaos than their intellectual parents. As ever, the Democratic Party refuses to oust or reject them from its ranks with vigor. Worse, outside of President Trump, many in the Republican Party are still too cowardly to denounce them—even as America burns.

“Our failure to stop this movement decades ago is what led us to this moment. Now, we have no choice. It is time to stop pretending that BLM and Antifa are anything other than domestic terrorist groups led by radicals who seek to rip America apart.

“Of course many if not most of those protesting today by simply marching in the streets have little understanding of the ideology driving the organizers and the worst of their trained foot soldiers. But that’s how revolutions work. BLM is what it claims to be: a racialist Marxist group that seeks to completely alter the American way of life. They have more power and resources now than any insurrectionary movement in American history. They will not stop until they are stopped.

“This should not be a partisan issue. But if our political leaders on the Right and Left continue to refuse to specifically call them out for what they are and directly oppose them, America will continue to burn. [Emphasis added]

In the second article cited above, “To Destroy America”, the author goes into the sordid – at least in this Proud American’s view – background which produced some of the founders of the current terrorist organization known as Black Lives Matter:

“In a 2015 interview, Patrice Cullors, another of the three founders, said that she and Garza were “trained Marxists.” Abdullah, of the Los Angeles BLM chapter, was born a red-diaper baby—“Raised in the 70s, in the picket lines of Oakland, by activist parents,” as the interviewer put it. Her paternal grandfather was Gunter Reimann, a member of the German Communist Party. Garza cut her organizing teeth as director of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), founded by Marxists Garth Ferguson, Patty Snitzler, Regina Douglas, Brian Russell, and Steve Williams. To Williams we owe the concept of “transformative organizing,” which insists “that effective organizing for social change cannot simply be based on an apolitical and highly specific analysis of what is possible in the short term.”

“Cullors trained for a decade as a radical organizer in the Labor/Community Strategy Center, established and run by Eric Mann, a former member of the Weather Underground, the 1960s radical faction identified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist group. The “Weathermen” explained in their 1969 foundational statement that they were dedicated to “the destruction of U.S. imperialism and the achievement of classless world: world communism.” The ties between the BLM Global Network and the Weathermen run deep. National Review’s Andrew McCarthy revealed in a recent exposé that Weather Underground supporter Susan Rosenberg, whose 1984 sentence of 58 years in prison for possession “of 740 pounds of explosives, an Uzi submachine gun, an M-14 rifle, another rifle with a telescopic sight, a sawed-off shotgun, three 9-millimeter handguns in purses and boxes of ammunition” was commuted by President Bill Clinton, serves as vice chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents—the radical, grantmaking institution that until July sponsored the BLM Global Network. Rosenberg was also sought on federal charges that she aided the 1979 prison escape of Joanne Chesimard, a Communist now living in Cuba, and whom Cullors quotes approvingly in her book When They Call You a Terrorist. (Since July, the Global Center has become “a project” of the Tides Center, another donor and supporter of the hard Left and its ideas).

Like the previous author discussed, and many others who have written on this subject recently, he concludes with a plea that politicians wake up and start speaking out about what this organization truly is:

“These are the ideological sources for what could be the largest radical movement in American history—one that could lead to real policy changes. One component is street pressure, driven by the likes of Mann and Cullors. Another takes place in plusher environments, such as Fortune 500 companies or the halls of Congress. Consultants like White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo told 184 Democratic legislators in a conference call in June that their policies hurt black lives. DiAngelo told The New York Times that “capitalism is so bound up with racism. … [it] is dependent on inequality, on an underclass. If the model is profit over everything, you’re not going to look at your policies to see what is most racially equitable.”

“Up to now, the American system has resisted socialism by offering prosperity and opportunity. Our politicians today need to understand what they’re facing from the BLM movement and what is at stake. The “white settler state” of Eric Mann’s fevered mind is in reality the American constitutional order. The imperialism that Mann, Rosenberg, DiAngelo, and others imagine is the American free-market system that has been the most successful weapon against poverty ever devised. Political leaders of either party feeling pressured to adopt BLM policies or even just mouth the rhetoric should spend some time examining the movement’s intellectual sources—and its political goals. [Emphasis added]

There are many other excellent sources of information about what this well-funded, well-organized and maniacally dedicated terrorist organization really is, some of which may be found hereherehere and here (collecting articles treating this issue).

However, in line with the admonition of several writers who have given us some of these fine works of research, what better resource could we have than what they, The Black Lives Matter Global Network, are telling us in their own words. Here, for your perusal and consideration, if you have not been thus edified before, are a few quotes from their statement of objectives—entitled “What We Believe”:

“Enraged by the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman, and inspired by the 31-day takeover of the Florida State Capitol by POWER U and the Dream Defenders, we took to the streets. A year later, we set out together on the Black Lives Matter Freedom Ride to Ferguson, in search of justice for Mike Brown and all of those who have been torn apart by state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Forever changed, we returned home and began building the infrastructure for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which, even in its infancy, has become a political home for many. [It is worth noting, unless BLM has already dismantled one bedrock foundation of our American system of justice, the jury trial, George Zimmerman was, as their own statement makes clear, acquitted of all charges and thus could not, in any sense, be referred to as Trayvon Martin’s “killer”, except, perhaps, in the sense that a terrorist organization can make language say what they want it to say.]

“Ferguson helped to catalyze a movement to which we’ve all helped give life. Organizers who call this network home have ousted anti-Black politicians, won critical legislation to benefit Black lives, and changed the terms of the debate on Blackness around the world. Through movement and relationship building, we have also helped catalyze other movements and shifted culture with an eye toward the dangerous impacts of anti-Blackness.

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“We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.

“We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.

“We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

“We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.

“We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

“We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

“We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise). [Emphasis added]

Therefore, it is safe to conclude –not as a matter of opinion, but of fact based on their own statement of what they believe—that they “disrupt the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement” by “collectively” caring for one another, a statement which could not have been written more accurately by Karl Marx himself. Additionally, one is left to seriously wonder what in the world all the talk about “a queer-affirming network” has to do with the vast majority of persons of color in America today, but that is for another day.

Please, Members of Congress and of the United States Senate, I implore you as a constituent of yours, listen to what they are telling you they plan to do to our Beloved Nation. They are deadly serious about what their plans are for us. I ask that you be equally serious in your responsibility to tell the American people what they are actually facing. It is no exaggeration to say that the future of the American Republic depends on the electorate being much better informed than they seem to be at the present time about what they are facing.

Respectfully Submitted,

James A. George

“The Finger in the Dike Election”-A Review of Michael Anton’s New Book “The Stakes, America at the Point of No Return”

Every day seems to bring new shocks to one’s sense of equilibrium and well-being and logic and it has gotten to the point where I agree with the author who referred to the effect of these horrible days as “the numbing of America.” Of course, like you, I have seen 2020 described in terms not permitted in these well-mannered precincts but which much better describe this annus horribilis we are living through now. 

That said, I have just read a review of Michael Anton’s new book, “The Stakes, America At The Point of No Return”, which has shaken me to my very core, as it not only offers a dreadful outlook for our future and, much more importantly, the future of our Nation as we have known it, but furnishes solid research and documentation in support of those prognoses. Mr. Anton, it will be recalled, was the creator of the Flight 93 Election essay about the 2016 election which may well have been one of the strong motivating factors for many voters as it painted a grim, but realistic picture of what would happen if the unthinkable were to happen and we would fall under the malign rule of the most dishonest and corrupt person to ever run for President.

The review to which I refer, and which I cannot possibly recommend too highly, appeared in the Claremont Review of Books and was authored by Angelo M. Codevilla. 

While I will set out a few of the highlights of Dr. Codevilla’s review, along with a few of the passages he quotes from the book, I urge anyone who is experiencing the same anxiety about the upcoming election I am sure we are all feeling to read the entire review and then order the book as it is, at this make-or-break time in the life of our Nation, “must reading.”

He makes clear that the “ruling class” will stop at nothing in its relentless drive to complete the total transformation (does that word ring a faint little bell in your memory?) of the Republic:

In his new book, The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return, Anton, now a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College, again urges Americans to vote for Trump, disappointed though they may be with his performance, because they know even better than before how much this country’s ruling class would use control of the presidency to hurt us in our private and public lives for having dared to reject their mastery. Trump, imperfect as he is, is like a finger in a dike that, if removed, would loose a deluge. Anton describes how the Democratic Party-led complex of public-private power has been transforming our free, decent, and prosperous country into its opposite—and how it’s going to do to the rest of America what it has already largely accomplished in California. In the book’s final chapters, he lays out several paths that the current struggle for America’s future might take.

Anton’s commentary on the 2020 election does not belabor the obvious: it is a binary choice. The unprecedented level of opposition President Trump has faced explains, but does not excuse, some of his shortcomings. As Anton puts it: “[t]here’s little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn’t solve.” Then he adds what is really radically new about the 2020 election: should the Democrats win, the ruling Left—which includes just about everyone who controls American government and society’s commanding heights—is ready, willing, and eager to implement plans that would make it virtually impossible for conservatives ever to win national elections again. These plans include the importation and counting of non-citizen voters. Elections-by-mail would shift power from voters to those who count the votes, just like in Venezuela. Though reelecting Trump makes the republic’s survival possible, and preserves all manner of good options, it guarantees nothing. Trump’s defeat guarantees disaster—like in 2016, only much more so.

Observing that the ruling class, beginning in the 1930s, started pushing aside the Constitution, he quotes the following from the book as to where the real power now exists in America:

The real power…resides not with elected (or appointed) officials and “world leaders”; they—or most of them—are a servant class. The real power resides with their donors, the bankers, CEOs, financiers, and tech oligarchs—some of whom occasionally run for and win office, but most of whom, most of the time, are content to buy off those who do. The end result is the same either way: economic globalism and financialization, consolidation of power in an ostensibly “meritocratic” but actually semi-hereditary class, livened up by social libertinism.

After a fascinating passage the reviewer calls a “CT scan of the ruling class and its entourage”, he moves to a discussion of the source of the hubris of the ruling class:

They do not believe they have to worry about controlling their own violent troops because they are sure that they have nothing to fear from conservatives. That is because conservatives have continued to believe that the United States’s institutions and those who run them retain legitimacy. Conservative complaisance made possible a half-century of Progressive rule’s abuse. The War on Poverty ended up enriching its managers while expanding the underclass that voted for them. The civil rights movement ended up entitling a class of diversity managers to promote their friends and ruin their opponents. The environmental movement ended up empowering the very same wealthy, powerful folks while squeezing the rest of America into cookie cutter living and paying inflated energy prices. The feminist movement delivered divorce and abortion—far from benefiting women, it has made millions dependent on ruling class favor. The COVID-19 pandemic has had almost nothing to do with public health and almost everything to do with separating, impoverishing, and disconnecting people inclined to vote against the ruling class. As leftist judges rule, conservatives respond by appointing judges who pledge not to rule. As leftist governors establish their brand of effective sovereignty by decree, conservative ones obey court orders. So long as, and to the degree that, the illusion of legitimacy stands—so long as the Right obeys while the Left disobeys and commands—there is no end to what the Left can do because there is so little that conservatives do to fight back.

Then comes the truly chilling part, although I am sure it is not exactly new to many who have kept up with the grotesque machinations of the Democrats with riots, killings, burnings, mail ballots, and, as Lee Smith has entitled his new book, “The Permanent Coup”, it is still frightening to read such a graphic description of what is very likely coming our way starting on the morning of November 4:

600 lawyers to litigate the outcome, possibly in every state. No particular outcome of such litigations is needed to set off a systemic crisis. The existence of the litigations themselves is enough for one or more blue state governors to refuse to certify that state’s electors to the Electoral College, so as to prevent the college from recording a majority of votes for the winner. In case no winner could be confirmed by January’s Inauguration Day, the 20th Amendment provides that Congress would elect the next president. Who doubts that, were Donald Trump the apparent winner, and were Congress in Democratic hands, that this would be likelier than not to happen?

Before or afterward, were conservatives not unanimously to roll over, and were a few incidents to result in loss of life and conflict between police forces on opposite sides of the affairs, America might well experience an explosion of pent-up rage less like the American Civil War of the 19th century and more like the horror that bled Spain in the 20th.

Or, as a friend asked in a recent Letter to the Editor — “How does President Pelosi sound to you?”

I recently wrote a post about the frustration of trying to communicate with our elected representatives in Congress. In that regard, and because I feel there is a critical need –I see it as the most critical need in my lifetime — to do everything we can as citizens to help re-elect the President, I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions as to what we can do in that effort, other than send money (I’ve done that) or try to get some response from our Representatives or Senators (I’ve given up on that). 

The barbarians are no longer at the gate- the images on your evening news will quickly disabuse you of that notion. 

God Bless America, Jim.

George Floyd’s Death Was A Tragedy, Because All Lives Matter. It Was Not A Homicide.

None of it had to happen. Capt. Dorn did not have to have his execution live-streamed on Facebook in the name of “justice” for George Floyd. Minneapolis did not have to be burned, with businesses which took a lifetime to build gone in a flash of flame. Statues of some of our country’s greatest heroes of human rights, men like Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant and so many others did not have to be torn down by packs of ignoramuses who had no idea who they were or what they stood for — all in the name of “avenging” the “murder” of George Floyd.

Much of this–admittedly not all–could have been avoided had the thoroughly corrupt Attorney General of the State of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, waited just a few days before “jumping the gun” and filing murder and related charges against the Minneapolis Police Officers who arrested George Floyd on May 25, 2020, before all toxicology and autopsy reports were completed. Now, as a growing number of observers and analysts are bringing to light, these officers’ lives and liberty are at peril due to the inexcusable and detestable politicization of the criminal justice system and the prosecutors –and the Court–are saddled with a very likely unwinnable case in view of the real conflicts in the evidence making “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” difficult, if not impossible.

In this discussion, I will attempt to illustrate just how glaring those inconsistencies are but in doing so, I start with one important caveat. That has to do with the popular misconception created by the combination of the premature charges with the usual ubiquitous iPhone video of “the knee on the neck” scene layered on top of the countless riots, looting, shootings, injuries, deaths, candlelight vigils, etc., all of which have rendered almost impossible any fair and reasoned evaluation of the evidence. Any doubt about the power of that deeply-entrenched narrative should be dispelled by the briefest consideration of the fact that mobs are still shouting “hands up, don’t shoot” years after that entire scenario was proven to be sheer fiction.

There have been several comprehensive analyses of the evidence weighing against guilty verdicts in these cases, with two of the best written by our colleague, @arizonapatriot, and this discussion will not plow those furrows again, except to refer to some of their findings. My thesis will be to summarize, as succinctly and dispassionately as I know how to, the various strong arguments in favor of these defendants– legal arguments, not emotional, social justice “arguments” — to illustrate the life-or-death danger of prejudgment of any case, the George Floyd case, the Jacob Blake case in Kenosha, the Michael Brown case in Ferguson. It will also be my goal to try to illustrate the dominant role played in many of these cases by he corruption of public officers who we entrust to help assure we live in an ordered society–the very antithesis of what we are seeing today in many of our cities.

The arrest occurred on May 25, 2020; Floyd expired later that day, perhaps in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, although a viewing of the video of that scene is not clear as to whether he survived that long. A full autopsy was performed the next day, but the toxicology report, the findings of which have assumed heightened importance recently, was based on a study of “Hospital Blood” drawn upon his admission to the hospital soon after the arrest.

On May 29, 2020, charges of Third Degree Murder were filed against Officer Derek Chauvin. The Attorney General of the State of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, increased that charge to Second Degree Murder later, on June 3, 2020, in a move likely designed to appease the howling mobs then busily destroying everything in sight in downtown Minneapolis in the interest of “Justice” for Mr. Floyd. The mob, like mobs since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, continued howling and burning and looting and, as surely as night follows day, killing.

In this interim of several days , however, a development was taking place which may well mean there is no rational argument that the State of Minnesota can prove these officers guilty of these crimes “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The autopsy report, analyzed meticulously and brilliantly by @arizonapatriot in his post of July 6, 2020, was discussed with two representatives of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office on May 26, which meeting was memorialized in the following memo, making it crystal clear that as of the night of the arrest incident, there was no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation:

On May 26, 2020, Patrick Lofton and Amy Sweasy met with Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker (AB) over Microsoft Teams. Also present in the MS Teams meeting were SAIC Scott Mueller and SA Mike Phill from the BCA and FBI Agents Hoffstetter, Rainer, Kane, and Melcher.
AB explained his findings from the autopsy of George Floyd. He stated that his final report
is not complete and that he must review more evidence, including video evidence, and toxicology
results before releasing a final opinion.
The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation. Mr. Floyd did not exhibit signs of petechiae, damage to his airways or thyroid, brain bleeding, bone
injuries, or internal bruising. Mr. Floyd had several external injuries, including laceration to his lip and bruising on his left shoulder and face. He also had abrasions on his fingers and knuckles as well as wrist injuries
likely associated with being handcuffed. Mr. Floyd had preexisting health conditions including heavy heart and some coronary artery disease, including at least one artery that was approximately 75% blocked.
AB sent Mr. Floyd’s blood samples to NMS Labs, who will provide full toxicology report.
AB opined that he does not have full context for Mr. Floyd’s death without reviewing more of
the evidence. He specifically avoided watching any videos associated with the case to avoid
bias during the autopsy.

As observed in an article written by a 30 year veteran of the LAPD, Jack Dunphy (his nom de cyber according to his bio) about a week after the arrest incident, another curious piece of the puzzle was revealed:

On May 28, three days after Floyd’s death, there emerged the first hint that the narrative may have been too hastily constructed and that its foundation was less than solid. The Hennepin County medical examiner issued a press release citing preliminary results from George Floyd’s autopsy. “The cause and manner of death,” it read, “is currently pending further testing and investigation.”

As the author of that article then noted, “[t]his should have given a dispassionate observer pause”, but there was to be no “pause” with these prosecutors who charged ahead in the face of what many lawyers would have regarded as bright, large red flags and filed the first charges on May 29, in an action which appears to this hopefully objective observer to be, at best, ethically and professionally questionable.

Two days after the charges were filed, the prosecutors held an evening “virtual meeting” with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker which was memorialized in the memo below:

It is important to note that this memo was only made public a few days ago (August 27, 2020) and then only in response to a Motion to Compel Disclosure in the case against one of the officers.

In other words, not voluntarily or with great fanfare, like the very public action of the execrable State AG in increasing the severity of the charge against Officer Chauvin.

The prosecutors and the State AG had to be ordered by a Court to produce information almost 3 months after the burning and looting and rioting in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, Kenosha and the injuring and maiming and killing of scores of American citizens, including a baby boy in his stroller in Chicago.

George Parry is former federal and state prosecutor. He has had extensive experience with a section of the Philadelphia DA’s Office investigating and prosecuting the use of deadly force by police. He has written a 3-part series in The American Spectator (herehere and here) about the George Floyd case and in the third part of that series gives a rather vivid imagining of the scene as the prosecutors heard this information and considered what it had done to their case:

So there they were, staring at the just-received and damning toxicology report that blew to smithereens the whole prosecution theory that the police had killed Floyd. To their undoubted dismay, Dr. Baker, the chief medical examiner, had to concede that at 11 ng/mL, Floyd had “a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.” He also conceded that the fentanyl overdose “can cause pulmonary edema,” a frothy fluid build-up in the lungs that was evidenced by the finding at autopsy that Floyd’s lungs weighed two to three times normal weight.

This is consistent with Officer Kueng’s observation at the scene that Floyd was foaming at the mouth and, as found at autopsy, that his lungs were “diffusely congested and edematous.”

In other words, like a drowned man, Floyd’s lungs were filled with fluid. And that was the obvious and inescapable reason why Floyd kept shouting over and over again that he couldn’t breathe even when he was upright and mobile.

The memorandum ends with Dr. Baker’s devastating conclusion that “if Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he [Dr. Baker] would conclude that it was an overdose death.”

Translation: this toxicology report drives a stake through the heart of our murder case. How do we justify criminally charging these police officers and explain away our colossal screw-up?

While that should be legally sufficient to end this tragically wrongful prosecution, as the TV salesmen might say, “wait, wait, there’s more!” in the nature of a coup-de-grace, as if one would be needed. There is also a handwritten note, described and discussed by @arizonapatriot as follows:

The final evidence is a single page of handwritten notes dated June 1, 2020 (here). It does not identify the person who wrote the notes but appears to be written either by Dr. Baker or by someone recording a discussion with Dr. Baker. Here is the full text (again, my emphasis added):

6/1/20 p.2

Fentanyl at 11 ng/ml – this is higher than chronic pain patient. If he were found dead at home alone + no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an OD. Deaths have been certified w/ level of 3.

Baker: I am not saying this killed him.

4Fentanyl: metabolite

4ANPP – thinks this is non-commercial

Meth 19 ng/ml – this is relatively low, but meth is bad for your heart.

From videos I have seen, it appears like his knee is on the side of his neck, not where the structures are.

This last line is relevant to the asphyxia argument, and specifically the media narrative that Ofc. Chauvin was choking Floyd by kneeling on his neck. As noted in my June 6 post and in the first memo quoted above, the autopsy found no physical evidence of choking or other asphyxiation — specific relevant details is the lack of damage to Floyd’s trachea and hyoid bone. This is common sense. In the video, Floyd’s head is turned to the side — his right side — and Chauvin’s knee is on the right side of Floyd’s neck, presumably pressing down (with an unknown amount of force, except that it was insufficient to cause any bruising or other tissue trauma, according to the autopsy). You can’t choke someone with pressure on the side of their neck.

@arizonapatriot, with admirable and circumspect professionalism, observes that the officers in this case are “engaging in deliberate obfuscation, and I find this very troubling.”

While this evidence should —legally– finish this prosecution and free these wrongfully persecuted officers (I write the word “persecuted” advisedly on the day a Federal Court of Appeals has disgracefully extended the persecution of Gen. Flynn apparently indefinitely), there is more powerful evidence in their favor. This evidence is discussed in the second of George Parry’s series, entitled “Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao: The George Floyd Fall Guys”, and shows that every step they took in the arrest and subduing of George Floyd was in complete compliance with the Minneapolis Police Department officer training materials on how to safely properly subdue a suspect.

As I promised I would (attempt to) keep this as succinct as possible, and considering that I believe, in the utmost of good faith, that there is no way for the prosecution to overcome the challenges presented by the evidence of their own Medical Examiner, I will not cover that additional evidence in detail here. However, for those who wish to delve further into this additional source of “reasonable doubt”, it is set forth in the article cited above and also in the Memorandum Supporting Motion to Dismiss in behalf of Officer Thomas Kiernan Lane and especially the exhibits listed in the appendix.

The result of the callous and sickening corruption of the officials involved in this prosecution is best described by George Parry, a lawyer, as noted above, with a lifetime of professional experience in this field:

So where are these well-intentioned, well-trained, and dutiful public servants today? They are in jail awaiting trial on murder and aiding and abetting charges after having been universally condemned in the news media and used by neo-Marxists and opportunistic criminals across the country as a pretext to riot, loot, and burn. And, while they sit in their cells, not one Minneapolis official, from Mayor Jacob Frey to Police Chief Medaria Arradondo or any member of City Council, has come forward to acknowledge that, in subduing Floyd, these law officers were acting in meticulous accordance with the MPD training and directives designed to reduce the risk of harm to persons suffering excited delirium.

In fact, after Chauvin, Lane, Kueng, and Thao were summarily fired by the MPD, Chief Arradondo apologized to Floyd’s family and acknowledged his department’s purported role in creating “the deficit of hope” that he claims existed in Minneapolis even prior to Floyd’s death.

“I am absolutely sorry for the pain, the devastation and trauma that Mr. Floyd’s death has left on his family, his loved ones, our community in Minneapolis and certainly across the country and the world,” Chief Arradondo announced in a news conference.

For its part, the Minneapolis City Council has acted to defund and dismantle the police department.

All of this, mind you, from the very officials who are ultimately responsible for the training and directives that the defendant officers followed to the letter in their attempt to safely subdue Floyd, who was under the influence of a massively lethal overdose of fentanyl and exhibiting the unmistakable signs of the deadly excited delirium.

By their hypocrisy and cowardice, these blame-shifting public officials, desperate to preserve their political careers and places at the public trough, have tossed these police officers to the howling mob.

In this discussion, I have repeatedly emphasized the word “legally” in weighing what should be the outcome of these unjust prosecutions to distinguish from what we all suspect will be the tragic actual outcome. Here is a passage from one of the very early articles by an author who saw “the handwriting on the wall” months ago”:

Think about this for a minute. What becomes of a society in which facts do not matter? The US media, Democrat Party, white liberals, and the sorry excuse for a leftwing are so primed for “white racism” that they jumped to their desired conclusion and egged on riots and looting that resulted in massive property damage in multiple cities, some deaths, many injuries, and much damage to racial relations. Democrat mayors and governors stood down. Police and National Guard attempting to contain the violence were not supported. Even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Trump’s Secretary of Defense accommodated the rioting and looting by undermining President Trump’s stand against it. Many people’s businesses were wiped out, and in most cases insurance does not cover damage from riots. The politicians and the media are responsible for the billions of dollars the “peaceful protests” cost. Those who suffered the damage should bring class action suits.

When the Minnesota police, who have been falsely charged with George Floyd’s murder, are tried, the jurors will be afraid not to convict. The story is set in stone, and too many powerful interests are committed to it. The police have already been tried and convicted in the media, and the jurors will fear going against public opinion that the media and white liberals have orchestrated. The effect on police morale and commitment will be devastating. Already police are standing down when faced with crimes committed by “people of color.” Blacks are learning that they have immunity from their violent behavior. For the criminal element, protests are profit opportunities. Expect more “peaceful protests.”

If the name O.J. Simpson comes to mind now and then it is for good reason. “Jury nullification” is a real and most pernicious reality in our legal system, and its ghost haunts the future of these horribly mistreated Officers of the Law.

I pray I’m wrong.

Respectfully submitted, Jim.