In April of 1861 local and state authorities in Charleston, South Carolina demanded federal authorities leave the city and hand over control of the federal facilities there. When the United States government refused an assault was begun on Fort Sumter. The Civil War had begun.
One hundred and fifty-nine years later it is happening again, this time in Portland, Oregon.
Responding to the Department of Homeland Security’s concerns about the out of control riots in Portland in general and the threats to federal property specifically, Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland said earlier this month, “The best thing they (federal officials) can do is stay inside their building or leave Portland altogether.” That call was then echoed by Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown who also demanded federal authorities vacate the city.
The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether. Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely. And in the meantime, I asked him to clean up the graffiti on local federal facilities.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 14, 2020
Much of the liberal media, of course, trumpeted these announcements and took the side of the violent anarchists who have turned Portland and other cities into war zones over the last two months. More conservative commentators attacked both the Mayor and the Governor, and those like them across the nation as “naïve,” “incompetent” and “weak-kneed.” Both camps missed the central point.
No, peaceful protestors are not being abused in Portland or elsewhere by evil, fascist police officers who are denying them their rights of assembly and free speech. Armed, organized groups of rioters are turning city streets into war zones, destroying property and assaulting private citizens. Spend five minutes on Twitter looking at scenes from the area around the federal courthouse in Portland, and you will feel like you are looking at footage from Beirut at the height of the Lebanese civil war.
This is not protest. This is insurrection.
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