This column originally appeared at the Washington Times.
President Trump was elected in large part on the dilemma of order and law. It’s been a problem for generations in this country, as Americans have observed the decline of social cohesion ever since the left appreciated sympathetic coverage by the bulk media during the Vietnam War.
What we are seeing today with riots, vandalism and the wanton destruction of public property and artwork is a cancerous and natural outgrowth of the encouragement and coddling of both leftists and their violent but farcical anarchy.
The great news is, we are visiting Mr. Trump emerge, once again, as the ideal man at the ideal moment. After weeks of visiting chaos and anarchy unfold on the roads with no apparent response from law enforcement at any degree, the White House and Department of Justice have begun to make it crystal clear that there will be serious repercussions for those participating in gang violence.
This ought to be a no-brainer, but the Republican Party has a historic problem known as”No Spine Syndrome.” The GOP has been scrambling because of its binky and hoping no one could knock on their door. Not needing the support of sucklings, Mr. Trump resigned.
He tweeted on June 26,”I only had the chance of signing a very powerful Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues — and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Nation!”
That order”enforces laws prohibiting the desecration of public lands, the Hazards of government property, and recent acts of violence, withholds federal assistance connected to public spaces from local and state authorities which have failed to protect public monuments, and withdraws federal grants for authorities and law enforcement agencies which fail to prevent their desecration. It also gives assistance for protecting the federal statues,” Fox News reported.
This aggressive national stance sends a message, in fact it provides consent, to reluctant and even frightened regional leaders, that capturing and punishing the mob is a priority.
Cases in point: On June 27, The Oklahoman reported,”Protesters blamed for the violence which broke out in Oklahoma City the last weekend in May were charged Friday with terrorism, rioting and assault. … Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater created the decisions himself on the fees in a get-tough approach meant to deter others from going too far during protests at the future. ‘This is not Seattle,’ Prater stated. ‘We’re not putting up with this lawlessness here. ”’
In Colorado, the juvenile is”warning protestors which’destruction and vandalism are not the answer’ after three suspects were detained in relation to a fire set to a base of a toppled Civil War monument beyond the State Capitol building,” Fox News reported.
On Friday, June 26, I had the opportunity of guest hosting for Laura Ingraham on Fox News and talked with acting Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. I told him it was to see wanton anarchy in various towns with arrests or repercussions for the mob. Here’s a part of the exchange:
KEN CUCCINELLI:”We can go around the country and I will rattle off places where national forces are employed to deal with local violence, not calm protesting, neighborhood violence. And that’s still going on — the president has us leaning ahead doing that.”
TAMMY BRUCE:”Have there been arrests? Just how many arrests have there been? We all know that these are televised events, felonies are occurring, property being destroyed.”
CUCCINELLI:”There have been arrests.”
BRUCE: “How many?”
CUCCINELLI:”Yeah, there were arrests. It’s a huge number, although I do know the entire number. And I’ll tell you there are a high number of federal investigations happening right now following up on the violence you have seen, the devastation you have seen.”
The following Monday, the White House press secretary reported at the onset of her briefing there had been more than 100 arrests, together with 200 investigations ongoing. Additionally, the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force arrested four men because of vandalism of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Park.
Indicative of this president’s devotion to acting quickly against the mob, on Tuesday he responded to the vandalism of those iconic statues of George Washington in New York City’s Washington Square Park.
He tweeted,”We’re tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint onto the glorious George Washington Statue at Manhattan. We’ve got them. They’ll be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison dependent on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!”
This episode will probably ruin the lives of those 2 people caught on surveillance video, and ought to send a substantial message to every menace who believes they can act with impunity.
The president is illustrating that order and law is of paramount importance and is in the foundation of anything. We understand he knows the policy issues on which he had been chosen, but it is more important than ever to demonstrate the public that he’s acting to secure this nation, as the legacy media is working overtime to convince us that chaos reigns. Why? Since, like abusers and batterers everywhere, they inform you if you just surrender, they will stop hurting you. That is a lie, and it’s going to be rejected in November.