America’s National Temper Tantrum: Police Reform or Parenting Reform?

For the past 4 weeks, America has been dealing with what can easily be described as a national temper tantrum. Thugs of all races, religions, genders and sexual orientations are destroying businesses, destroying cities, destroying lives and attempting to erase our history. In at least one case, they’ve even taken over a portion of a major American city, Seattle.

What these miscreants and misanthropes have in common is that they are generally very young. They belong to a generation which has never had more opportunities, been less oppressed, more mollycoddled and more protected by “helicopter parents” who hovered over them to shield them from every adversity they might face, depriving them of valuable life lessons. This is a generation who was rewarded not because of their behavior and accomplishment, but despite their behavior and lack of accomplishment. This is the “participation trophy” generation – and now the rest of us have to suffer the fallout.

Make no mistake, this is not about George Floyd. It has NEVER been about George Floyd. We know for a fact – based on information from our intelligence community – that well-funded anarchist groups have been at the ready since late last year, waiting for the proper catalyst, waiting for the “we’re good to go” phone call. The goal? The same as it’s been November, 2016…….get rid of Donald Trump. We are told that this is a grassroots movement, yet, from coast to coast, we see the same people carrying the same size signs with the same print font, wearing the same exact tee shirts, etc. A cynic might believe all of these things were mass-produced in a factory and shipped to strategic warehouses around the country, ready to be handed out at the appropriate time. Similarly, pallets of bricks, rocks, Molotov cocktails etc, have suddenly materialized on street corners in strategic areas of America’s major cities, where they will be needed once the text or call comes.

Lately, we’ve heard so much about “police reforms.” I maintain that what this country needs more than anything is parenting reforms.

The morning after the Atlantic City protests/riots, I drove to the city to document the destruction with my camera…..and there was plenty. While sitting at a red light, I saw three young, black girls standing on the corner, just hanging out and talking to each other and on their cellphones. They were no more than 13 or 14 years old and nicely groomed and dressed, hardly looking so destitute that they needed to steal food or clothing in order to survive. They were discussing where to go and what to do when one girl was informed via her cell phone that the 501 Store was wide open and the contents were there for the taking. The girl told her friends, “Let’s go there.” I ask you, what caused these three young girls to want to steal from a store whose owner had done absolutely nothing to them? Was it because of my “white privilege”? Was it because of slavery that ended 150 years ago? Was it because of police brutality? Was it Derek Chauvin’s fault? Or, was it a lack of proper parenting or no parenting at all? Is it the police who need to be retrained or is it America’s youth as well as the generation of people who raised them?

To those who lecture us about systemic racism I would argue that we have a systemic lack of parenting, a systemic lack of manners, a systemic lack of how to behave like civil people, a systemic lack of respect for authority, a systemic lack of knowledge of the basic principles of what’s right and what’s wrong.

Over the past 25 years or so, whenever children have acted out or pushed boundaries, I’ve often heard their parents ask, “What am I supposed to do?” Really? REALLY? Many tell me I am not qualified to opine since I don’t have children. Well, I was a child, so that makes me qualified to know what children will do. Simply put, generally, they will do only that which they know they can get away with. Any expert will tell you that children need boundaries, that they – in fact – want boundaries.

When I was growing up, we always knew where the boundaries were. We knew what was expected of us and we knew there would be swift, severe consequences for violating those boundaries. Many was the time I wouldn’t even ask my parents the question because I already knew what the answer would be. I also knew that there was no wearing my parents down through thrashing about, acting out or nagging. No meant no.

Unfortunately, subsequent generations of parents want to be their children’s friends, not their parents. The same goes for others who are supposed to be authority figures for children, including teachers. As a result, children don’t respect their parents, their teachers, the police. In fact, they don’t even respect themselves. The entire country is now left to deal with the fallout of a lack of boundaries, a lack of a sense of right and wrong and a lack of proper parenting.

Liberal governance is no different than liberal parenting. One need only observe what is happening in Democrat-controlled cities and states across the country. The most glaring example is Seattle. Not unlike a liberal parent, Mayor Jenny Durkan has allowed a bunch of misbehaving children to take over 6 blocks of her city, an area formerly called CHAZ, now CHOP. There are no rules in CHOP. It’s analogous to liberal parents allowing their teenage children to have a party in the house while they’re away, so long as they promise there will be no drinking, that they don’t break anything and that they clean up afterward.

After a couple of weeks of what Durkan called “a block party” or “The Summer of Love,” several people were shot over the weekend, including a 19-year old black man. The police tried to enter CHOP, promising to go in only to remove the injured to get them to a hospital. The angry mob would not allow the police access and they were forced to retreat, their hands tied by the mayor and city council. As a result, the young, black man died from his injuries. His blood and the blood of the other two who were injured is on Mayor Durkan’s hands as well as that of Seattle’s city council who have rendered their police department impotent.

Now that her “permissive parenting” has resulted in at least one death, Mayor Durkan is ready to metaphorically throw her son and his friends out of her basement. She said, “There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go. The cumulative impacts of gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents. The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”

NOW she tells us. Had she set the boundaries at the start, had she not given permission to these punks to have their party in the first place, had she not taken a liberal “kids will be kids” stance, a large section of her city would have been spared their destruction……and at least one black life – which is supposed to matter – would have also been spared.

Rioting anarchists have tried to recreate CHOP in other cities, including Philadelphia and San Francisco, among others. Last night, anarchists tried to establish BHAZ (Black House Autonomous Zone) in Washington, DC. They spray painted the letter B, H, A or Z on each of four columns of the priceless, irreplaceable St. John’s Church, “the church of Presidents” in Washington, DC. They also attempted to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson, but DC police surrounded it and protected it. No one should be surprised by what took place in Washington, given Mayor Muriel Bowser’s caving in to the collective temper tantrum in her city, which saw her rename a major thoroughfare leading to the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and even permit the pavement to be painted same in huge, yellow letters. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to do likewise in each of his city’s five boroughs.

Across the country, young people are toppling statues at a breakneck pace. They have been so brainwashed into hating their country that they are destroying everything that came before, in many cases, being totally clueless as to whom these works of art portray. They assume that since the statues are old, they must represent evil, racist people because anything that comes from their parents’ or grandparents’ era – or earlier – is necessarily evil and racist.

The one accessory carried by each of these ungrateful offspring is a smart phone, in which every piece of information gathered since the dawn of Man is available at the touch of an index finger. Yet, none of them bothers to do even the slightest bit of research. The statues are old, they represent the past, so they must go. Facts are irrelevant. So, statues like that of abolitionist Matthias Baldwin, Union General Ulysses S. Grant, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Francis Scott Key are treated no differently than those of Confederate soldiers. The same people who are calling for Juneteenth (the day slaves were emancipated) to be a federal holiday have defaced statues of Abraham Lincoln, the man who made Juneteenth possible.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even had the “grotesque” paintings of Confederate speakers of the house (all Democrats, by the way) removed from the Capitol. As of this writing, she has yet to demand the removal of the statues of Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee removed in Baltimore, statues which her own father dedicated in 1948, while he was mayor of the city. And now, there are even calls for statues depicting a white Jesus Christ to be destroyed. I pray it doesn’t come to that……oh, how I pray.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a Black Lives Matter protest in my small community. Most of the residents in our peaceful city did not want the protest to take place, knowing full well the unsavory types of characters these protests often attract from other areas, coming only to destroy and to loot.

I chose to attend the protest so that I might no longer have to rely on the media’s portrayal of BLM. In a crowd of about 300, I was the only “opposing voice” to actually march in their midst – and I made my voice heard. From the moment I arrived on the scene and before I had spoken a single word, I was profiled, judged, branded, yelled at and mocked, called profane names by a number of people both to my face and as I was referenced in an online video produced and narrated by a Black Lives Matter activist from a nearby town, simply because of the color of my skin and because of my clothing. I was a victim of the same racism and hatred the BLM supporters were supposedly there to protest. The same people who demand tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness offered me absolutely none. ZERO. I was told that my life didn’t matter until black lives matter. I was told to “enjoy your privilege now……because we’re coming.”

Having now seen and heard with my own eyes and ears, I can attest that Black Lives Matter is a radical, activist, anarchist, racist, anti-cop, anti-Trump, hate-filled, vitriolic anti-American organization. The bellicosity I witnessed in person as well as that contained in the online video left me with no doubt that – were it not for the increased police presence – the protest could have very easily gotten out of control and risen to the point of rioting, destruction and looting, such as we saw in a neighboring city, just several weeks ago.

The Black Lives Matter movement logo is the image of a raised, clenched fist, not dissimilar to the Black Power symbol of the 1960s nor to the Communist symbol. When Black Lives Matter presents a raised, clenched fist as their logo, it is not because they wish to shake your hand, as I can attest. BLM has a very specific plan for this country, very specific goals and they will use whatever means necessary to achieve those goals. They are not interested in debate, only in shutting down debate. It’s their way or else.

The Black Lives Matter movement is doing a great disservice to the majority of those in the African-American community who are decent people and who want to live in safe communities. Black Lives Matter’s top three demands are to abolish the police, abolish the court system and to abolish the prison system and release all prisoners. Were their wishes to be granted, minority neighborhoods would be disproportionately adversely affected since most crime already takes place in those neighborhoods. The African-American community needs to rise up and to condemn Black Lives Matter, their motives, their goals and their modus operandi. Black leaders should do likewise.

Make no mistake. This isn’t about color. It’s about behavior. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson once said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps…then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Is that because of a policing issue or is something being done or taught – or not being done, nor taught – in America’s homes that gave birth to the chaos, anarchy, destruction and death that is being visited upon so many American cities?

Perhaps if parents started being their children’s parents and not their friends, perhaps if good old-fashioned values were to once again be taught in America’s homes and schools and instilled in young minds, perhaps if children were given boundaries and held to them, perhaps if children were to suffer the consequences of their poor choices at the hands of their parents, then perhaps they wouldn’t have to suffer them at the hands of the police. If some reforms were to take place in homes across this country, perhaps the only interactions that young people of all races would have with the police is sharing cup of coffee – or a snow cone.

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