How to Turn a Blue State Red

I’ve been watching the riots on TV. Notice that i didn’t say “protests.” Once people start torching the city they live in, they are not MLK-style peaceful protesters acting against injustice. They are thugs. Period.

I am from Michigan. I have read this book. I know how it ends. The title is “Detroit: From Great American City to Bankrupt Embarrassment.” It starts out with racism and injustice, foundations in the American experiment. It ends with white flight and a strongly conservative government. Yesterday, blacks torched the police department in Minneapolis. Not a good move. Now someone will call 911 and no cop will be stupid enough to respond. Why should they?

Whites like to think of themselves as “progressive,” liberal even. But watch how fast Bernie-Sanders-style liberals turn into Jerry-Falwell-type conservatives. Whites are all about safety. Sensible whites are not going to put their children in harm’s way. They will leave the Twin Cities, taking their wealth (the tax base) with them. Today’s young people have no memory of Detroit having almost 2 million people. The infrastructure was built to accommodate that. Then the whites left and there was no money to maintain the gigantic infrastructure. Detroit became known for its corruption and murder rate. The whites moved to the suburbs, when they stayed in Michigan at all. No business in its right mind invested in the Motor City for decades. The riots in Detroit put an end to Detroit’s prestige and importance in American life. I am not sure it even has 600,000 people anymore.

Will it happen that way for Minneapolis? I don’t know. Could it? Darn right it could.

The problem with rioting is that the rioters just lost their argument. The names of the victims will be forgotten in the mayhem. The sparking injustice has just been drowned out. When two people argue, it is not the person with facts and justice on their side that prevails. It is the person with the most self-control. The point of the argument is drowned out by the rioter’s behavior.

People forget that Richard Nixon was a “law and order” president. Kennedys were dead. King was dead. The civil rights movement was seen as the beginning of the unmasking of the real side of blacks that liberals pretended wasn’t there. Suddenly, whites didn’t talk about civil rights anymore. It was all about “forced busing.” And whites, like my parents,  made sure they burned “Brown v. The Board of Education” to the ground. Whites will not risk the safety of their children to ghetto nonsense, ever.  It really is just that simple.

You have to understand. I am very liberal politically, Bernie Sanders type. But I won’t put my own safety in jeopardy. I understand the real-life dynamics of cities burning.

This is killing me. I think the rioters just gave Trump the victory. Trump is looking downright sane compared to those who burn down their own cities. When you make President Trump look good, you are done. You just lost the argument and the war. Your fight against injustice has just been drowned out by your own bad behavior. No one cares about the opinions of people who have no self-control. You just made all of us that truly do understand the destructiveness of racism look like morons. Your positions can’t be defended by white people that want to even so much as look intelligent. You are making Faux News look cerebral. You are making the most racist, misogynistic, paranoid, infantile President we have ever had look well-balanced and understanding. Congratulations. You just lost it for all of us.

About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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