The idea that the State exists to keep the people secure long predates the very notion of “the State.” Even mighty pharaoh, a literal god on earth, was put on earth to make sure the Nile flooded and the people got fed. Call it “breaking the social contract” or “losing the mandate of heaven,” a government that fails to protect its citizens from existential threats is no government at all.
Which is the current situation in Portland. I doubt even the idiot commie mayor of America’s dumbest city was stupid enough to put it in writing, but it’s obvious that the Portland police were ordered to stand down as “Antifa” rioted this weekend. This is, in effect, warlordism — whoever is theoretically in charge of the government, the real rulers are petty local tyrants and their goon squads. But since this is Senescent America, there’s a postmodern twist: The government voluntarily relinquished its authority, while still claiming to be the legitimate government.
That’s a new one in the annals of political science. There are lots of instances of monarchs abdicating. Even revolutionary leaders have stepped aside in two cases (the US founding, and the Meiji Restoration). But none of them went on acting like the official, legitimate government. In Portland, though, everyone but the masked, dreadlocked, patchouli-reeking goons of “Antifa” will face the full wrath of the cops should they, say, run a red light or not pay their water bill. Heck, maybe the cops will pull over the aforesaid goons if they run a traffic light; maybe they only get off if they’re committing felonious assault while some other smelly burnout chants slogans. We’re in totally uncharted waters here.
It’s not just a theoretical question for political theorists, either. This stuff matters, because as Ted Cruz has pointed out, the Feds might well be constitutionally obligated to step in — see, for instance, the Klan Act. Both state and federal authorities are required to provide “a republican form of government” for their citizens. Just as black civil rights were meaningless in a South dominated by the Ku Klux Klan, so too, one might argue, are the basic rights of Portlanders meaningless in a city where they can be assaulted at will by “political protesters.”
But here’s the kicker: If this thought has occurred to Ted Cruz, it has surely occurred to George Soros. What would be better, from Satan’s point of view, than having President Trump call out the Army to bust Leftist heads in the middle of election season? As we know, the goober Boomer vote still counts this one last time. As we also know, even seemingly rock-ribbed conservative Boomers have a soft spot for political “activism” — it reminds them of their salad days, getting to second base with a flower-power girl to the tune of “Crimson and Clover.” It wouldn’t matter what lunatic was on the Democratic ticket at that point — the mere sight of a few armored personnel carriers rolling down the streets of an American city would be all she wrote.
We know that “Antifa” can do whatever they want in Portland. We also know that dumbasses from the “Alt-right” (or whatever it is now) will keep walking into it. The Left has half a century’s experience organizing street theatre. Even with all due allowance made for the extreme enstupidation of the citizenry between ’68 and now, it’s still child’s play for the Left to organize a riot. Interesting times ahead — if you start seeing the Never-Trump cucks going all-in on an armed response to civil disorder, you know the fix is in.Loading Likes...