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Oregon officials incite rioters

Oregon officials incite rioters
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Well … that is a pretty bold headline.  But not outrageous when you consider the facts – you know, those pesky things of which the left falsely claims ownership.

The problem with the left is that they cannot seem to see any difference between protesting, demonstrations and peacefully assembling and rioting, looting, burning and destroying – and even injuring and killing.

Violence has been an iconic tool of left-wing political protests.  Violence has even undermined the legitimate causes that bring concerned citizens to the streets to demand change.  It is our right and obligation as Americans to collectively raise our voices against corruption, inequality and injustice wherever these evils rear their oppressive heads.

The left, however, is not constrained by legality or constitutionality when taking to the streets.  They rationalize violence as tactical and strategic necessities.  In the extreme, they openly claim that violence is necessary to achieve their goals.

While most people on the left are not violent by nature, they do tend to have a tolerance for it.  Unlike most Americans who have zero tolerance for violence – including violence cloaked by the shadow of a seemingly good cause – left-wing activists encourage it by lack of condemnation.

Part of the problem is what those on the left describe as peaceful demonstrations.  They may make lip service condemnations of the outrageous looting and arson, but excuse other serious crimes, such as throwing rocks, urine, and Molotov Cocktails at police.  Or, spraying graffiti on every possible surface and tearing down statues.  Blocking highways or hindering the operation of businesses.

Any time the police are allowed to enforce the law, it is described as violently attacking peaceful protesters regardless of the amount of abuse directed at the officers.  Police cars are burned and ransacked.  In Portland, Oregon a fire was set in the offices of the police union.

And speaking of Portland …

The city has endured almost 60 days of demonstrations that seem to have lost any unifying purpose other than to vent rage and destruction.  Whatever the intent of most protesters, these outbursts of public unrest cannot be honestly described as peaceful.  Maybe most demonstrators may have acted peacefully.  But too many did not – and police are sworn to protect the peaceful and engage and arrest the criminal elements.

People have been injured in the “peaceful” protests in Portland.  Property has been damaged and destroyed.  Businesses have been unable to operate.  The rioters attacked police with rocks, lead pipes and other injury-causing missiles.  The local police were either unable to quell the violence – or prevented from doing so by Portland’s political leadership.

When threats were made and attacks carried out against federal buildings, federal law enforcement officers were deployed to protect the property and to arrest the perpetrators of violence.  And the response of Mayor Edward Wheeler of Portland and Governor Kate Brown of Oregon were to accuse the federal officers of inciting the unrest. They demanded that all federal law enforcement be removed from the city – leaving the streets to the riotous criminal elements and federal buildings unprotected.

In addition to the damage to non-federal public and private buildings, there have been 30 days –so far — of specific attacks on federal buildings alone – with attacks on multiple buildings on most days.  The attacks included breaking windows, tearing down fences, pelleting the buildings with rocks, filth and paint.  Buildings were covered in graffiti. Fireworks were used as weapons against police and shot inside buildings in an attempt to start fires.  A Molotov Cocktail-like firebomb ignited a fire in the Hatfield Courthouse.  Lasers were used to cause eye injuries to police.

The buildings attacked – many repeatedly – include the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, the Edith Green-Wenell Wyatt Building, Terry Schrunk Plaza, the 911 Federal Building, Pioneer Federal Courthouse, the Gus J. Solomon Courthouse, the U.S. Customs House and the Justice Center.

At one point, the Portland police had to issue a disbursal warning for unlawful assembly – at which point any protesters refusing to disburse were in violation of the law and subject to arrest.  The protesters had far exceeded and abused their constitutional right of assembly.  Resistances to arrest – a criminal felony – were captured on news video but interpreted as police violence.

By siding with the vandals – and their hatred of the police — Brown and Wheeler signaled their support not for peaceful protesters, but for those committing the vandalism and violence.  They literally incited further mob violence by putting their imprimatur on violent protest – falsely making the police doing their job at great risk of the bad folks.

When our elected officials – mostly left-wing Democrats – cannot tell the difference between a peaceful protest and violent rioting, this nation is in deep trouble – and we the people at great peril.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Dan Tyree

    The mayors opposing federal help should be charged with obstruction of justice. The goal of the mobs is to destroy America and have mobs ruling our country. If they succeed we will be overran by drug cartels terrorizing us much like the gangs in Mexico. When are the people going to say enough is enough? And the retard running for President on the commiecrat side would only add to the problem. That old fool doesn’t know his ass from his elbow. I’m glad that people are stocking up on guns and ammunition. Like during the Cold War, better dead than red.

  2. Carson Tyler

    To be a protestor your are prepared to incite. Again, and again there are no peaceful protesting. Protestors are hoping law enforcement will push them down to sue for money. A great way not to work. How is it possible for protesters to protest when they should be doing constructed things like finding work. It appears protesting is their job looting and destroying. Protesting is an open door to rob and steal restricting law enforcement not to answer 911 calls.

  3. william couch

    They need the “ARMY” to come in and start cleaning the place up..


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