Opinion: Riots aren’t the “language of the unheard,” they’re the language of the thug

by Peter Heck · Jan 13th, 2021 8:15 am
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Last Updated Jan 15th, 2021 at 12:09 pm

I admit that I could be totally misreading my fellow Americans, but placing my figurative finger on the common man's pulse, I don't get a strong sense that many of us are into violent riots. I think most citizens regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic background thought this was bad [graphic]:

Nobody with a functioning moral conscience looks at that and says, "Well, those rioters had a legitimate complaint, so this is justifiable." And the same goes for scenes like this:

Rioting inevitably punishes the innocent, endangers the vulnerable, and distracts even the most dispassionate soul from the underlying grievance. Riots are not, as they have been inappropriately sold, the "language of the unheard." They are the language of the godless, the mindless, the depraved, the thug.

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Shortly after the horrific massacre of Dallas police officers by a radical who was inspired by the anti-cop rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement, Vox columnist German Lopez was quick to offer up the "not all BLM activists are killers" clarification:

"Protests are messy. When thousands or millions of people rise up in very passionate demonstrations, some bad, violent people are going to get caught up in the cause."

The same could be said, of course, for those who gathered in D.C. last Wednesday, the vast majority of whom did not storm the Capitol building, come armed with tactical gear, beat cops with American flags, or ransack the offices of lawmakers. Violent people – thugs – did that.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's precisely why so many on the left are now calling for a second impeachment, demanding the invoking of the 25th Amendment, and applauding the social media de-platforming of President Trump. In their estimation, his irresponsible rhetoric inspired those violent people to get "caught up in the cause," thus committing an act of domestic terrorism at the Capitol building.

But if this is going to be the new standard, then for the sake of public safety, all of our elected leaders must be held to the same account.

Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder must be de-platformed:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Joaquin Castro must be censured:

Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris must be immediately impeached:

Though the percentage is probably lower than I'd want to believe, the overwhelming majority of Americans are peaceful people, who abide by the law, and would never participate in a riot. I think it's high time that our sector of the population, regardless of political party affiliation or ideological preference, demand lawmakers speak to us rather than doing their best to stir the passions and emotions of the fringe.


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