The riots that have swept across America’s largest cities are the end result of the Democrat party’s depraved indifference to the Constitution and the law itself.
Soon after Donald Trump announced his candidacy, the Obama administration began spying on him, on the absurd premise that he was a Russian spy. Democrats used the Justice Department and FBI to spy on senior Trump campaign staff, and ultimately Trump himself. Never before in American history has an incumbent administration used the power of US law enforcement to spy on a political campaign of the opposition party. No prominent Democrat has denounced this or called for an investigation into the Obama administration, FBI or Justice Department for this. But the Democrat party’s deep dive into lawlessness continued.
Presidential elections are really 50 separate state elections. The victor wins the votes of Electors from that state, members of the Electoral College, who then cast their vote for President. This Constitutionally mandated system has been in place since the founding of the republic. When Trump won a majority of electoral votes and therefore the presidency, the left was outraged. They tried to intimidate individual electors into casting their votes for a candidate other than the legitimate winner, Trump. Never mind the law, tradition or the Constitution; Trump’s victory could not stand. No elected Democrat criticized the effort to overturn the 2016 election.
Immigration is a Federal responsibility. Federal law determines who is allowed in the country and who can remain. But the progressive left wants as many illegal immigrants as possible – they want their votes, and have created so-called sanctuary cities, where they violate Federal immigration law and obstruct Federal law enforcement. Democrats have gone so far as to warn illegal aliens of upcoming operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), aiding and abetting fugitives from justice and endangering Federal agents. They have prevented Federal authorities from apprehending and deporting violent gang members.
The death of George Floyd led to peaceful protests which were hijacked by the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA. The protests became riots in Democrat-run cities. Businesses, many of them black-owned, were looted and burned to the ground. While the cities burned, Democrats were silent. Why? Until recently, they thought the riots were increasing their chances of success in November. But the polls have turned against them, leading to tepid denunciations of the riots, which they now blame on Trump.
Ever since Trump’s election Democrats have cynically lowered the bar on political discourse, broken the law, and, by their silence, encouraged rioting. They have done incalculable damage to the institutional fabric of this country. Their election loss in November will be richly earned.
Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.