Prepare for a whole slew of narratives to be thrown out the window, particularly if Biden “wins” the election. COVID will suddenly not be a problem and the “militant, authoritarian, racist” National Guard will all of a sudden not be any of those things in order to maintain some semblance of order in far-Left cities and states where these riots have been happening.
Following the election, once it was clear the riots would not help Trump much more than they already have, Oregon Governor Kate Brown finally ordered the National Guard to step in and quell the riots going on in Portland.
Why are there still riots going on if there is a decent chance that Biden will “win”? Well, the riots were not all about Trump. Sure, the Left opportunistically used them to try and hurt Trump (somehow, I mean, I don’t know that that’s what actually happened. If anything, I anecdotally know that the riots being allowed to happen turned people towards Trump, not against him) and cause as much chaos as possible, but one has to take into consideration that the people involved in the riots are the useful idiots.
Yes, they will be opportunistically used by the higher-ups, but they also do actually believe in the communist garbage they are spewing. Many of these socialists don’t even like the Democrats, nor Joe Biden (they might have voted for him anyway to get rid of Trump, but did so begrudgingly) because they consider them to not be “Leftist enough” or “too moderate” and would be perfectly happy to get rid of them as well, given the chance.
Kate Brown is not well-liked by these Leftists, and neither is Ted Wheeler, who won his race by 7 percentage points to a pro-Antifa far-Leftist in Sarah Iannorone (and 13% of the vote went to write-in candidates like far-Leftist community activist Teressa Raiford, so it could also have gone to the pro-Antifa candidate if not for that).
For these people to still be rioting as they are is not really a surprise. They’ve been rioting for years, though only in recent months have they gotten a good amount of attention.
It is also not surprising that Kate Brown would finally order the National Guard to step in to attempt to bring in peace. Prior to the election, she repeatedly refused to bring in the National Guard, likely believing that letting them go in and be effective against riots would help Trump appear to be competent and a harbinger for peace. He is those things, don’t misunderstand, but Brown didn’t want to help give him credit for something, so she allowed the violence to go on, with countless businesses being ruined and even more people being hurt as a result.
Two months ago, when asked why she had not called in the National Guard despite Wheeler also repeatedly asking her to do so, Brown responded with:
“So just to be very, very clear, the mayor asked for assistance from the National Guard several weeks, perhaps months ago, and there were multiple reasons at the time why I rejected that request… In terms of Oregon, I’m relying on our trained law enforcement, the Superintendent of the State Police, Travis Hampton, the Portland Police Chief, Chuck Lavelle. Travis, Superintendent Hampton would say that, A, we don’t need the national guard at this time and, B, that they are not trained for this work. What we need on the ground is trained law enforcement.”
What a load of crap. Here, Brown gave two reasons as to why she did not call in the National Guard at the time: 1) she determined “they were not needed” at the time and 2) that they are not trained to do this kind of work.
Both of those reasons are utter lies.
Let’s begin with the first one. Since she has called them in now, she obviously must have determined that they were needed (yes, I know she mentioned the Superintendent, but she is the one who ultimately makes the decision to bring them in and makes this determination). But what about these riots is any more dangerous or destructive than the MONTHS of non-stop rioting and multiple declarations of “state of emergency” that they were doing before?
Were they not needed when the rioters showed up to the street where Wheeler lived (until he moved precisely because of these riots)? Were they not needed when they were trying to set ablaze government buildings? Were they not needed when police officers were being assaulted?
Were they only going to be needed if they presented a threat to the governor herself? If the rioters had decided to go to her residence in Salem, which is not that far from Portland, would they have been needed at that point?
And again, what makes the riots happening during/after the election so different from the ones that were happening before the election?
So that is a total b.s. lie. How about the second “reason”, the one about not being trained for this?
This one is an even more contemptible lie because it is far more easily proven. A determination of “need” is subjective to the governor’s line of thinking. There is no reason to call them in now as opposed to months ago, since there doesn’t seem to be much different about these riots than the ones before which would prompt such a response, but it is still a subjective determination. However, the second “reason” is an outright lie. The National Guard IS MOST DEFINITELY TRAINED FOR THESE SITUATIONS.
According to Vocal Media, the National Guard serves a number of purposes:
They are in “reserve” in case of major conflict breaking out and the country needing a large influx of active soldiers who are ready for combat, both domestically and abroad. They help during national disasters to rescue people, set up shelters and enforce curfews. And most relevant to this topic of discussion: THEY HELP ENFORCE THE PEACE IN AMERICAN CITIES WHEN THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CANNOT.
Following the 1992 LA riots, the California National Guard was sent in to quell them because it became too much for the LAPD alone to handle. They are MOST DEFINITELY trained for these kinds of situations.
But for the briefest of moments, let’s assume that a Leftist is not utterly full of crap and say she was telling the truth. If she was telling the truth, then she just sent in a bunch of people with guns to an incredibly hostile environment for law enforcement who are not trained to handle the kinds of situations going on in that city.
So which is it, Gov. Brown? Are they actually trained to handle these situations, in which case you actively prevented Portland from having a chance of peace before the election therefore calling into question your intentions and your very character, or are they not trained to handle these situations, in which case you stand to have made things worse by sending in untrained people with guns into a highly stressful situation?
This is the kind of illogical bullcrap that I HATE about the Left, but they never get called out for it and they never suffer the consequences of it. Oregon is deep blue and it’s never coming back if THIS did not turn it red. I was kinda hoping that it would turn it red because there is no way that the Democrats spent much time worrying about getting fake ballots in that state, because just about no one would expect it to go for Trump (not that they weren’t still doing it because they probably were, just that the focus of this kind of operation was elsewhere, which probably meant less attention to this state’s elections). I was hoping this confidence that it would not be a swing state would actually swing the state over to Trump and the Democrats would have to suddenly shift to worrying about that state too and try to cheat there too, but nope.
Not even strict lockdowns and extremely violent riots going on for MONTHS was enough to get the state to even remotely be considered for Trump. A lot of liberals simply refuse to learn and will have to suffer even more for them to learn, if even that. Who knows, either they go the way of Venezuelans actively opposing Maduro (but obviously not being able to do anything about it) or they get sent to the gulags with smiles on their faces believing they are doing something good for “the community” or whatever else.
I was hoping plenty of people would learn from these terrible leaders, and while a lot did learn (Trump got the most votes of any Republican ever and gained more than 5M from 2016, so plenty of people did learn, and in a free and fair election, Trump would have long ago won the EC and even the popular vote), it’s clear some people simply won’t.
And no Never Trumper better tell me “well, if Trump had just been more appealing for people to vote for him and not be repulsed by the thought of doing so, he would have won,” because no. One of the biggest reasons the Left hates him as much as they do is because he fights back against them. They were calling George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney some of the same things that they presently call Trump.
They have compared Bush to Hitler and have gone with the idea that McCain and Romney are/were insidious racists and Nazis – some of the biggest scum in the world. They wouldn’t have done anywhere near as well as Trump has done and would have conceded long ago if they were currently in Trump’s shoes.
This isn’t a “Trump is unlikable” issue (because that is clearly not true because, again, he’s garnered more votes than any Republican in history and gained over 5 million votes from last time), it’s a “Democrats are trying to steal this election” issue and a “some people, mainly Leftists, never learn” issue.
I was hoping that there were more sensible, reasonable people in Oregon and even in Portland than there actually are, but they seem to be pretty cozy with far-Leftists being in charge. Granted, only Leftists were running in local and state elections, so I can’t blame them for that, but they could have tried to swing the state over to Trump in a place where the Democrat election-stealing efforts were fairly minimal because they didn’t believe it would be necessary, and didn’t.
Am I mad? No. They can vote for whatever crap they want and they are the ones who will suffer the consequences; I have long since left that hellhole. I am, however, disappointed because I did believe they could, if they voted for Trump, have swung things a bit in that regard. A long-shot chance, to be sure, but I expected some chance and it didn’t happen. If the current events happening in that place are not enough to get them to learn, hardly anything, if at all, will.
But at any rate, getting off of that tangent, it really should not be surprising to see Brown suddenly calling in the National Guard to quell these things. Even regardless of who wins, the time for people to *legally* cast their votes has passed and any actions taken by her won’t really affect the results of the election.
The narrative of “it’s authoritarian/racist to bring in the National Guard to stop these peaceful protests” is gone now that such a narrative is unnecessary. For appearances, they might still push something akin to this, but it doesn’t really matter.
As far as bringing peace to Portland goes, while I’m not affected either way, plenty of people are, and I am glad that at least something is being done, even if it was extremely delayed/politically motivated. There are still decent people in Portland so I pray for their safety and their ability to sustain themselves in that communist hellscape.
Regarding anyone else, never forget what the Left has been trying to do for these last four years and what they will continue to try to do not only for the next four but for the foreseeable future. These people must be fought at every turn in every which way. It is the only way to preserve our freedoms, even if we have to separate ourselves nationally from them.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
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