By Jack Kelly
We’ve created a toxic environment that has led to the devastating conflagration that we saw in Minneapolis. In hindsight, the signs were obvious that we were headed into disaster. The Covid-19 pandemic swept through the United States claiming 100,000 lives. American citizens were ordered to stay at home and businesses arbitrarily deemed as nonessential were made to close down. Within a span of just a couple of months, 40 million Americans lost their jobs, with little prospects of finding a new one anytime soon.
We’ve had too much time at home without jobs, worried about paying bills and needing to care for children and sick family members. Our elected officials and petty, tyrannical government bureaucrats took delight in their newfound power. The self-anointed arbiters of whether you could go to a beach, get a haircut or walk in the park with your child were inconsistent and capricious in their edicts.
The mass media whips up a frenzy of fear and hate turning people against each other. When the owner of a hair salon in Texas had the temerity to open, with all of the appropriate protocols in place, she was brought before a judge who used his authority to make her grovel for forgiveness. Refusing, she claimed that she had to feed her children and, without opening, they’d be destitute. The judge ordered her to jail.
When an African-American was approached by police in Minneapolis, a police officer with a checkered past, put his knee on the man’s neck and, with all of his weight, he killed George Floyd. Four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s death have been fired. Floyd’s family says that this isn’t enough and demands that they be charged with murder.
We created a powder keg that blew up. Minnestotans protested, while the police force that looked like an army ready to attack menacingly stood guard. One thing led to another and the city erupted in flames.
Protests turned into riots, as people started looting Target and other stores. They commandeered a police station and lit it on fire. It appeared that the police and firefighters were instructed to stand down. A person on the scene captured the moment police officers fled their station.
Police officers, drunk with power, arrested CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his film crew. Police claim the arrest was due to the reporter’s resistance to orders. The video clip indicates otherwise. Jimenez came across as respectful and cooperative. He politely asked the police where he should do his reporting.
According to CBS News, more than “170 businesses reportedly damaged or looted as violent protests continue in Minneapolis” over Floyd’s death.
The American public has lost faith in the media, believing they don’t tell us the truth. An MSNBC journalist, reporting from the middle of the riot, said, “This is mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly,” while a building is engulfed in flames behind him.
Pouring gasoline on the fire, President Trump tweeted, “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.” Trump continued, “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
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In past pieces, I’ve argued that our politicians must stop their endless bickering and sniping at each other. I called for the need to work together along with business leaders and the health community to quickly come up with solutions to fix the problems before they explode.
We’ve now seen what happens when self-righteous politicians make capricious rules that favor a few and penalize many. The time is now for our leaders and everyone else to put aside their differences and get together to try to turn things around. Otherwise, America will follow the path of many once-great nations and slowly decay into ruin.